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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, a published poet, 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 & Assistant Editor

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. Drew manages our Instagram account with a fervor that has no equal.

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

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

Stephen Allison, Writer

Stephen Allison began his career as a cellar hand working the 2013 harvest on California’s Central Coast. After the year’s wine was barreled, he transitioned to hospitality while diligently studying all manner of beverages. He holds Certified Sommelier, Certified Cicerone, and WSET Level 3 Award in Sake distinctions and is a former Sommelier with the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. Today he works in the wine auction market with K&L Wine Merchants. When not writing tasting notes and researching rare wines, he enjoys listening to electronic music on his audiophile stereo, playing PC games, and visiting museums.

Location: Belmont, CA
Email: [email protected]
Beats: Sake, wine, cocktail technique, beer
Favorite Cocktail: Clover Club

How to Reach Us

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

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