I started Naptown Pint website back in 2013 for a few pretty basic reasons. First, I was a Washington, D.C., native who had recently relocated to Annapolis, Maryland, with my husband and our two dogs, and I didn’t know anyone.
Second, I had recently discovered that beer was not only a deliciously tasty beverage that paired well with softening the blow of being a Washington-area sports fan, it was also full of compelling and unexpected stories.
As Randy Mosher said in his book, Tasting Beer:
“In wine, the hand of God is foremost. But in brewing, it’s the hand of man that is clearly visible, and that for me is one of its greatest fascinations.”
See? This guy gets it.
Now, I’m the beer writer for The Capital, based in Annapolis and I host a Maryland beer podcast called the Naptown Pintcast. My goal is to share those untold stories behind the beer, the brewers who brew them and the communities that love them.
Most of all, I am committed to supporting legislation that fosters a healthy, competitive and welcoming environment for our state’s brewers, as well as our distillers and vintners. (Hey, they’re all awesome and face many of the same challenges.)
In fact, one of my primary passions is the exploration of the intersection of Maryland beer and politics, so you’ll find quite a bit about that here, as those issues arise.
I’ve previously been featured as a guest on The Kojo Nnamdi Show (WAMU-FM, Washington, D.C.) to discuss the topic – specifically as it pertains to the now-passed House Bill 1283, which was a product of the 2017 General Assembly legislative session. (Read all of my coverage on that bill.)
(That’s me on the right!)
When I’m not getting feisty and/or passionate about causes that make Maryland a more friendly place for our state’s brewers, I can usually be found wrangling punctuation at IMPACT — an inbound marketing agency — as their content strategist.
And when I’m not working, I’m usually found in Annapolis or Baltimore, ferreting out beer and/or shenanigans.
So, pull up a pint. Make yourself comfortable.
Here you’ll find a little blend of everything – mostly beer stuff, but also some behind-the-scenes peeks into my life in Maryland, as well as any other causes or thoughts that get me riled up. Probably some gratuitous dog photos, too.