Staunchly independent. Often irreverent. Sometimes irascible. Always fair.
I started writing about craft beer as a hobby in 2006, during my lengthy career as a crime & justice reporter at the Calgary Herald. I left daily journalism in 2016, but I’ve kept writing about beer. I moved to Edmonton in 2017 and write a regular beer column for Edify magazine, a monthly arts and culture publication.
Although I’m no longer a full-time journalist, the values I learned during nearly 25 years in the profession underpin my approach to beer writing. I believe in being accessible and approachable: this is not a site for beer snobs. Or, to put it more positively: this is a place for everyone. I want readers to come away informed and entertained, whether you’re a BJCP-sanctioned judge or someone just beginning to explore craft beer.
Independence and transparency are also important to me. I have no material relationships with any breweries I write about. I’m someone who covers the beer industry, rather than a part of it. No one will receive coverage or special consideration in exchange for free product or swag (see my published sample policy for more detail). If I’m a fan of a brewery or a particular beer, it’s because I genuinely like it.
The name of the site, Original Levity, is an admittedly nerdy play on a brewing term, original gravity. In this case, “original” means the articles are original content authored by me, with “levity” signalling my intent to take a light, engaging approach.
If you’re interested in learning a bit more about me, visit my LinkedIn profile.