My name is Joshua M. Bernstein, and I’m a Brooklyn-based beer, spirits, food, travel and bicycling (phew!) journalist, as well as an occasional tour guide. Over the last decade, I’ve written for hundreds of newspapers, magazines and websites, including Time Out New York, New York, Imbibe, Bicycling, CHOW.com, AOL, Gourmet.com, Tasting Table, New York Post, Edible Manhattan, New York Daily News, Wired, The New York Times, Metromix (where I write the “Dollar Grub” column), ForbesTraveler.com, TravelandLeisure.com and the New York Press, for whom I wrote a weekly food-and-drink column called “Gut Instinct.”

More importantly, I'm the author of Brewed Awakening: Behind the Beers and Brewers Leading the World's Craft Brewing Revolution, a reported take of the global craft beer revolution. My book (from which this article was excerpted) will be released from Sterling Epicure on November 1, 2011.