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John Holl

Author of The American Craft Beer Cookbook

There’s a revolution going on in the beer world: people are becoming interested in great food to go with great beer. Award-winning beer journalist John Holl captures the best of the brewery and brewpub menus in his latest book, The American Craft Beer Cookbook. The 155 recipes—chosen to pair amazingly well with beer—cover everything from breakfast to dessert, with vegetarian and gluten-free options, along with soups, seafood, and more.

Having visited more than 900 breweries and brewpubs in the United States and around the world, John has met the people behind the brew, profiled his favorites, and included itineraries for the best road trips to great beer cities such as San Diego, Denver, Boston, and Milwaukee.

Currently, John is the editor of All About Beer Magazine and host of The Beer Briefing on iHeart Radio. He is a regular contributor to Beverage World,, and TAPS. His earlier books include Massachusetts Breweries and Indiana Breweries. He has also written for numerous beer industry publications and websites as well as the general press, including The Wall Street Journal.

He regularly appears on NBC’S Today weekend edition in New York and on News 12 New Jersey, and he has been a guest on American Public Media’s Marketplace and National Public Radio stations in Boston, Chicago, Milwaukee, and Philadelphia.

John has visited more than 35 cities across the country to promote The American Craft Beer Cookbook and has spoken on beer and the culture of drinking at libraries, bookstores, colleges, casinos, and book festivals while hosting beer tastings and dinners and giving cooking demonstrations. He lives in Jersey City, New Jersey, with his wife, his dog, and a seemingly endless supply of beer.

Speaking Topics

  • The History of Craft Beer: A Guided Tasting
  • Cooking and Pairing with Beer: What “Flavor Bridges” Reveal about What Goes with What
  • “I Don’t Like Beer”: Change Your Mind by Exploring the Dynamic Flavors of Beer
  • Stories from the Brewhouse: What I’ve Seen and Learned from Visiting Nearly 1,000 Breweries


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