The Times of Northwest Indiana http://nwi.com/ has offered me the
position of beer writer for their paper. I've been freelance writing beer-themed
articles for the Chicago Tribune since 1997, but they consider their readers
more wanting of a regularly scheduled wine critic.
All I can say is "Thank the gods for the Times and
their willingness to acknowledge the importance and nurturing of readers who
want to read about beer!
I'm hoping this group will be willing and able to
feed me info about beer and brewing activities in the paper's area of coverage.
From going over their print and online statistics, the paper's actually GROWING,
so I'd like to make my column as relevant as possible for their expanding
readership. It looks like their coverage is the northeast portion of Illinois
and northwest Indiana, down to Newton and Jasper counties, and over to the edges
of Michigan City or so.
If you know of any brewpubs, breweries, homebrew
clubs, beer bars with good selections, and even progressive beer distributors
and liquor stores that I can use for local info, I'd appreciate the
This is a chance for local beer lovers to finally
have a media outlet, with a paper willing to back the effort. I'm excited about