THE LONG AND SORDID HISTORY
OF LIQUID DIET: THE COLUMN


I added writing about beer to my portfolio as a freelance writer with this article, which was the cover featured article in the July 12, 1995 Philadelphia Weekly.

Shortly thereafter, I became the Philadelphia regional editor and primary local writer for a tabloid beermag called Beer & Tavern Chronicle and also began selling stories to American Brewer Magazine. This article appeared in AmBrew and won second place in the History category in the 1998 Gold Quill Awards given by the North American Guild of Beer Writers.

When the Chronicle died an ignominious death, I signed on with Barleycorn, a much better beermag, writing and served as nominal editor of Keystone Tap, a regional insert in each issue which covered Philadelphia and environs. However, within two years that magazine also died. Homeless again, I accepted an assignment as Eastern Pennsylvania columnist for the newly-launched Mid-Atlantic Brewing News for a year or so before deciding it was too much work for too little money.

Somewhere during all that, I began writing my own column, Liquid Diet, which ran in the Main Line Times (though not under that title) and a short-lived and easly forgotten SEPTA weekly (the bastards never did pay me) before finding a permanent home for three-plus years in the weekly entertainment supplement to Suburban and Wayne Times and its two sister papers. When a new editorial policy at the chain which owned those papers turned into an offer I could most definitely refuse, that gig ended as well.

In 2000, I began--and continue--writing regularly for Celebrator Beer News, by far the best beermag with which I've been associated. Its only weakness is that it is not circulated very well here in the East so much of my output goes unseen locally (some might say that's a Good Thing).

As partial compensation for that, a Liquid Diet section has been a part of this web site since I launched it about three years ago. I post my Celebrator pieces and other, earlier work here to celebrate the Philadelphia beer scene, one of the best in the country.

Liquid Diet Online is the latest, and presumably final, incarnation of the original column. We shall see how it goes.

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This page last modified on 6 September 2002.