Who’s Laurie?

Laurie is best known as the girl obsessed with beer. In addition to her position as beer connoisseur at Happy Hour magazine, she has been on the cover of Westcoaster magazine and Happy Hour, was featured in the Daily post of WordPress, and stars in three web video series, Beer Minute, Drink of the Week, and Laurie’s Beer World, which were featured at the Beer Book, Blog, & Video Fest in New York City. Recently, she judged a homebrew contest alongside the renowned Peter Zien of Alesmith, Greg Koch of Stone Brewing, & Cicerone Dave Adams of Green Flash.

She regularly teaches sold-out beer dinners with San Diego’s top brewers through her position as Director of Beverage Operations at Lumberyard Tavern & Grill. She is the founder of the 101 Whiskey Club and Co-Chair of the 101 Invitational Charity Golf Tournament.

She has appeared on KUSI News in San Diego, the acclaimed New Brew Thursday and Beer Nation. She has been featured in San Diego Magazine, Riviera Luxury Magazine, Locale Magazine, Draft magazine online, Beer West magazine online, Westcoaster, The Coast NewsNorth County TimesNorth County SunThe Times Picayune, nola.com, WWOZ radio in New Orleans, Craft Beer Locator, and has done a variety of guest appearances on craft beer websites and blogs nationwide.

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  1. thealeconner says:

    Hey, I would love your opinion on our new competition, please see our press release. Cheers, Marty.

    Press Release
    For Immediate Release

    Contact: Marty Nachel aleconner@aol.com

    Date: April 20th, 2015
    What: #1 Beer Fan Competition
    Who: Fans of Beer Everywhere in the United States
    When: Competition begins May 1st and ends in December 2015
    Why: To recognize and celebrate American beer fans
    Where: Chicago-based competition open to all U. S. residents

    Commercial brewers have a multitude of competitions at which they can win all sorts of awards for their brewing prowess, but who celebrates the beer consumers who support these brewers? Until now, no one.

    The #1 Beer Fan competition is designed to recognize and celebrate the most passionate and knowledgeable beer fans in the country. The #1 Beer Fan will be chosen from among the hundreds (thousands?) who choose to participate in this competition.

    This months-long competition will winnow down the field of qualified entrants through a series of tests, tastings and participatory events, including:

    • Round 1: Contestants will submit a short video to be voted on by the beer community.

    • Round 2: Contestants will complete a comprehensive online beer exam.

    • Round 3: Contestants will participate in an in-person beer evaluation in the Chicago area in fall of 2015.

    • Round 4: Finalists will compete in a reality show style competition that will be filmed and released in 4 episodes.

    • Final Round 5: Remaining finalists will compete in front of a live audience and a professional judging panel to determine the #1 Beer Fan.

    #1 Beer Fan Competition is a joint venture between Beer Community Organizer, Don DiBrita (Beerdogging.com), and beer book author and beer educator, Marty Nachel. In addition to creating a fun and entertaining competition, beer awareness and education is their ultimate goal.

    Check out our website: http://1beerfan.com/

  2. I just stumbled on this website. Great idea. You need to start this all over again. Go bigger this time. How about 100 beers, one week?

  3. Just stumbled upon this. I really like it!

    1. Thank you so much for the support!

  4. Ricky C says:

    are you going to GABF this year 2012?

    1. I’m gonna try!! You?

  5. Randall says:

    Laurie we couldn’t find your email… We are the peeps from the best dam barrel beers event; I am in the video… Monday I am hosting a small beer tasting event at gaslamp SD. Please join us for some great barrel aged beers and some IPA refreshers I think you’ll enjoy and not see too often. Sorry for post to all but like I said no email…cheers.

  6. Sorry, but you’re way too hot to have drank 100 craft beers over the course of 30 days. Unless you’re not drinking the full beer, in which case, you’re not doing it right.

  7. Love the site! My girlfriend and I also travel to seek out great beer. We travel around the US in our RV and visit breweries and other beer destinations and were attending SBDW last week as well. Are you still in the SoCal area? We would love to meet up if possible.

  8. I think I just found my new favorite blog. Just wanted to compliment you on an awesome site, you definitely have a new fan.
    Brewmaster Read
    P.S. Would love to link to your site on my social network (http://brewerfest.com/)

  9. Jon says:

    Can you make it to the 2011 AC Beer Festival?

  10. Chris says:

    Hi Laurie, just started reading your blog and I’m really enjoying it. I’m gonna put your link on my blog. Cheers!

  11. iEatNeat says:

    Hi Laurie,

    Met you at Lumberyard last night! Just wanted to say I love your blog & beer!


  12. Hey Laurie!

    Nice blog – love to read your posts..

    have fun and greetz from Franconia, die Beerland number one!

  13. Good luck Laurie, Thanks for spreading the word about Belgians. Wendy Littlfield & Don Feinberg (Vanberg & DeWulf) and the creators of Brewery Ommegang.

  14. Art says:

    Love your blog, glad I found it


    Art and Davids Excellent Brewing Adventure on Facebook

  15. Dave says:

    This is a great blog idea! I hope you’re having fun with it!

  16. Laurie

    Good work – I like people who like a mission. Am on one myself. 1000 Belgian beers !

    Would be good to link sites



  17. John says:

    Awesome having you on New Brew Thursday this past weekend! Thanks, Laurie!


  18. Stonepurist says:

    What a hot little beer chick! Keep it up! Every beer guy needs a cool little girlie like yourself.

  19. naomi says:

    Louie found this chart for your scientific eddycashun:

    periodic table of beer


    2. Thanks guys!!! YOU ARE THE BEST!!!

  20. Matthew says:

    how did it go? I’d imagine my legs would be filled with SALT deposits if I drank Stouts for a hundred days; hope you stayed hydrated.

    Hats off to ya!

    1. It went great! It was so much fun and extremely educational drinking all of them back to back. I am pretty full though. Not been drinking many stouts/porters since! 😉 In fact, now I am on my 12 beers of Christmas adventure. After that the beers of winter! GO BEER!

  21. scott smith says:

    let me make a banner/sign for you and your efforts–tell me what you want/need and I will get it to you! You could take it to the next place you plan to drink a beer and it could serve as a poster of things to come!!!! BTW just had a lovely SN porter!

  22. Marc says:

    Thanks for letting me weasel in on your tasting on Saturday night…had fun hanging with you and meeting Becca. Good Luck.

  23. Ahhh Highland Oatmeal Porter and Samuel Smith’s Oatmeal Stout bring back the memories. Only this time they won’t be in kegs 😉 Damn.

  24. kimberly says:

    i cant wait to drink some of the “old favorites” with you- we can put on our old hippy dresses and pretend like we are back in boone!
    lots of love and luck sis!

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