This morning I spent about an hour on the phone with Carolyn Smagalski. She's the Beer Fox over at BellaOnline. You can find her corner of that website here. She wanted to talk about my new book (she'd read an advance copy of it).
That was great -- but I was even more thrilled to be talking with such an amazing woman. She has a "real" full-time job -- and still finds time to write cookbooks (cooking with beer!) and serve as the beer editor at BellaOnline, a task that involves writing a regular column and cranking out a newsletter. I have NO idea how people like her manage to find the energy to deal with what amounts to two jobs -- but I'm awed by her energy and by her passion for what she does, both of which are evident in her Bella columns. Their content ranges from discussions of "current events" in the brewing industry to suggestions for creative pairings of food and beer.
She exemplifies what I've found to be true about "beer people": They're smart, creative, passionate, and fully engaged with the world around them. So I've added another inspiring role model to my collection. Carolyn, you totally rock!