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About the Staff

Get to know our talented writing and editing team.

Christopher Null, Publisher and Editor in Chief

A veteran journalist, the author of three books, and an award-winning winemaker, Christopher Null has more than 15 years of experience writing about wine and spirits. He founded Drinkhacker in 2007 as part of Null Media, a publishing company that provides editorial content and strategy services and also operates Film Racket, a movie review website. He also writes regularly about the science of booze for Wired and is an occasional contributor to ADI’s Distiller magazine.

Location: Novato, CA
Email: [email protected]
Beats: General inquiries, all spirits, wine, drinking science
Favorite cocktail: Casino

Rob Theakston, Editor at Large

Rob Theakston has spent the better part of his misspent youth as an Associate Editor at Allmusic.com and has since retreated to a life of whimsical academic work at the University of Kentucky. He divides his ample leisure time between the fine communities of Ypsilanti, Michigan and Lexington, Kentucky. He still writes for Drinkhacker, as he does not believe he would be allowed to write about whiskey anywhere else.

Location: Lexington, KY
Email: [email protected]
Beats: Whiskey, beer
Favorite cocktail: Osborn

Drew Beard, Social Media Manager & Writer

A professionally trained bartender with no actual bartending experience, Drew Beard gave up a cushy government position for a frenzied career in hospitality, owning and operating a small hotel with a big bar program in Virginia wine country (yes, it’s a thing), just outside of Washington, DC. As both a freelance spirits writer and hotelier, he’s finally able – and encouraged – to drink on the job.

Location: Washington, DC
Email: [email protected]
Beats: Whiskey, rum, tequila/mezcal, wine
Favorite Cocktail: Black Manhattan

Kim Richards, Writer

Kim Richards is a writer living in Santa Rosa — California wine country. She is an amateur cheese maker, wine/mead maker, and novice home brewer with her husband. She enjoys a nice drink while listening to live music, watching movies and mixed martial arts, or dining at home and in restaurants. She and her husband frequent festivals and love to visit makers of alcohol, finding the process more an art than a process.

Location: Santa Rosa, CA
Email: [email protected]
Beats: Recipes, interviews, mead, beer
Favorite cocktail: White Russian

Beth Dinice, Writer

Beth Dinice is a small family farmer in New Jersey’s famed blueberry region.  When not tending to goats, chickens, and her sole blueberry bush, she works professionally as a chef and culinary instructor, teaching subjects ranging from professional baking to artisan cheesemaking. An avid reader, Beth can often be found with a cookbook in one hand and a cocktail in the other. A day off often entails a family day out to a local brewery, distillery, or some other food or beverage related location. Other loves include her five guitars, her very patient and cocktail-savvy spouse, and anything related to the movie Ratatouille.

Location: Waterford Works, NJ
Email: [email protected]
Beats: Recipes, beer, bar food
Favorite cocktail: Spiked Arnold Palmer

Neal Christyson, Writer

Neal Christyson’s first job was stocking shelves at his parents liquor store in Cleveland, Ohio. Since then he has been in an out of the industry, racking up over almost 15 years of experience in the booze business. Alongside that he has written fiction, music criticism, children’s musicals, and one essay about a bar in Alabama.

Location: Berwyn, IL
Email: [email protected]
Beats: Spirits, news
Favorite Cocktail: Rusty Nail

Robert Lublin, Writer

A theatre professor by day and a libations enthusiast by night, Robert spends his time teaching class, taking care of his children, or at the bar. He lives near Boston, Massachusetts with his wife, twin daughters, and Sonny, the golden retriever. In addition to writing for Drinkhacker, he has published two books on Shakespeare as well as numerous articles and book chapters on theatre history, Frankenstein, and The Evil Dead. His hobbies include collecting whiskeys, watching ridiculous movies, running, and practicing Kenpo karate, in which he holds a black belt.

Location: Medford, MA
Email: [email protected]
Beats: Whiskey, beer, wine
Favorite Cocktail: Manhattan

Renee Humphrey, Writer

Renee Humphrey is a writer and an entrepreneur. After her first career as an actress in Hollywood (Sundance award winner, extensive work in film and TV in the 1990s), Renee co-piloted the launch and growth of the Sonoma County wine label Eric Kent Wine Cellars for more than a decade and remains a partner in the company. She currently works as a freelance wine and travel writer, writing fiction in the quiet hours between reading and imbibing life’s joys. She has a newly found passion for making bread and works part-time as a Senior Home Caregiver.

Location: Berkeley, CA
Email: [email protected]
Beats: Wine, travel
Favorite Cocktail: Aviation

Mike Gerrard, Writer

Mike Gerrard believed what people told him, that as a travel writer he had the best job in the world. But then he discovered drink, or at least writing about it, which has proven to be even better. He has drunk cognac in Cognac, tequila in Tequila, bourbon in Bourbon County, scotch in Scotland… and whatever’s on offer around the world. He publishes two boozy websites, The Vodka Guy and Travel Distilled, and splits his time between his native England and his home by marriage in Arizona. When not writing or drinking he plays the mandolin.

Location: one shot Cambridgeshire, England / one shot Green Valley, Arizona
Email: [email protected]
Beats: Tequila, vodka, brandy, whiskey, beer
Favorite Cocktail: Margarita

Former Contributors

David Cover, Writer

Part whisky professional and part forum poster, David has spent much of his adult life in pursuit of whisky related knowledge and can often be found crouching over his phone in this endeavour. Originally from Surrey, in England, he works as a Brand Ambassador for a craft distillery in south Wales, where he lives. David has worked as a distillery operator and holds a General Certificate in Distilling giving him practical and theoretical knowledge on whisky making. In his spare time he is a moderator of r/Scotch on Reddit, a passionate boulderer and a rubbish surfer.

John Barecki, Writer

John Barecki is a self proclaimed spirits enthusiast and a featured writer on “The Buzz,” run by Siciliano’s Market, where he is the resident liquor buyer. Besides his research on distilled spirits, he has spent several years learning the fundamentals and processes of home wine and beer making. Outside of the alcohol industry, his interest is mainly in art and music but he has also dabbled in bread making, wilderness survival, and mushroom growing.

Ivan Lauer, Writer

Ivan Lauer is a writer and raconteur currently living in Seattle with his wife and cat. Besides his work on Drinkhacker, Ivan has published a book of his poetry and short prose, entitled Verdant Hymnal. In addition to alcohol, Ivan’s passions include classic literature, ancient history, and pro wrestling, and he hopes that this is the first time those three topics have been strung together in one sentence.

How to Reach Us

General editorial or business inquiries may be sent via email to [email protected]

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