I am an editor of Tenemu as well as a co-founder of Rueda Media, LLC and the cigar blog halfwheel.com. In my former life, I was a photojournalist for the Dallas Morning News and Fort Worth Star Telegram for almost seven years and a documentary wedding photographer for almost 13 years. I have been drinking craft beer in various incarnations for about seven years. I shoot and edit many of the site, assist in staff management, cover news and assist in running Tenemu's social media accounts. My focus is on reviewing stouts, gose, lambics, fruit and smoked beers, although I also enjoy quite a few sours and some IPAs when not reviewing. In what little free time I have, I enjoy smoking cigars, photographing various art projects and pretending that I can cook something edible.
I am the managing editor of Tenemu, a co-founder of Rueda Media, LLC and Tenemu’s sister site, the cigar blog halfwheel.com. My primary roles for this site are handling staff management, business development and the technical aspects of the site, as well as serving as an editor for some of the content. I enjoy watching boxing, headphones, the 24 hours of Le Mans, Venezuelan rum (Diplomático) and wearing sweatshirts year-round, even in Dallas. echte liebe.
As a self-proclaimed beer nerd, home brewer and writer for tenemu it is safe to say that I am obsessed with all things craft beer. I focus on reviewing mainly sours and barley wines for tenemu but generally enjoy most styles of beer. I am an active trader that is always looking for new beers to try as well as a member of the Bruery Reserve Society and The Good Beer Company's Stable. A few years ago I dove head first into home brewing and it has become one my favorite ways to spend a Saturday afternoon. My main focus in home brewing has been brettanomyces fermentation and the world of flavors that can be produced from wild yeast. In my time spent away from the beer world I am a professional photographer specializing in portraits and concert photography.
I think a drink can be a profound experience precisely because it tells a story, and people love stories. We use narratives to understand our world and each other and when a drink's story is woven into that narrative, it becomes a centerpiece that anchors the intangible experience into our senses for one fleeting moment. My deepest passion is for food and beverage, especially beer, whisky, wine and their possible pairings. Professionally, I am an artificial intelligence researcher forging my way into a new career in fine consumables. I am on track to finish my WSET Spirits level 2, WSET Wine level 3, and Certified Cicerone certifications in 2019. My other interests include history, literature, fine watches, and horror movies.
I am a chef by trade and I have been in the food and beverage industry for over 36 years. It is an industry that I am sure I will retire in. I have been a beer drinker for over 36 years as well, but just within the last couple years, I have indulged myself into the “craft” beer scene. Up until almost recently, craft beer (in my opinion) was sitting down and enjoying a nice cold Heinekin or Corona. My eyes have been opened and I have deeply explored and discovered the amazing variety, the craftsmanship and the epic journey that is craft beer. During my brief trip, I have had the privilege of discovering and tasting over 2,000 different beers of all styles and from many different countries. My favorite style is IPA, but I am also a fan of stouts, wheats and fruit beers amongst others.
When I'm not spending quality time with my wife and daughter, or at work, I'm basically at a bottle share, or most likely at Trillium's Canton location. I live and breathe craft beer, and have for nearly a decade after as seemingly innocent sip of Founders KBS at a locar bar, which ignited a fiery passion for the industry. I actively trade, try to visit breweries when traveling and my favorite day of the year is Zwanze Day, bar none. Lambic is life.
You're here for beer and so am I. In my ever changing fast-paced life beer has been the thing that grounds me. Allows me time to relax, reflect, analyze, and sometimes socialize. Which can be tough for us introverts. Craft beer has helped me experience the world in a way nothing else could. Hell, I wouldn't be writing this right now if it were not for that cold New England night when a friend handed me my first craft beer and I proclaimed "beer can taste this good?" Since then, my love of beer has grown to include Homebrewing and all the fermentation science around it. Professionally, I am an aerospace technician and other interests include luthiery, camping/hiking, photography and playing bass guitar.
I am a proud Navy veteran who proudly served aboard the USS Maryland SSBN submarine as a nuclear electrician for 6 years. I used that experience to become a field service engineer traveling the country working on industrial lasers.When I am not installing and repairing lasers I am sampling the local craft beers and contributing to Tenemu. Some of the best craft beer I enjoy is sitting around a campfire after an evening hunt with good friends and a good cigar. When I have down time I enjoy having friends over for boxing, or NFL football.
I am a news writer for Tenemu, currently providing quick updates on new beer releases. Die-hard LA Galaxy and West Ham United soccer fan, 30 Rock enthusiast and music junkie. Find me at Beachwood Brewing Co.
I owe a debt of gratitude to the Flying Saucer in Addison, Texas for providing my first flights into the wide world of craft beer. Tuesday nights at the Saucer were dedicated to trivia, darts and consuming beers that wouldn't be caught dead at a corner store. I wholly embraced the moniker "beerknurd" and committed myself to introduce as many people as possible to dark beer. My exposure to the creation of beer came from participating in home brew sessions around the neighborhood often in small garage setups. Tasting the "interesting" results bred a deep appreciation for the talented folks who have earned the title brewmaster. By day I work in entertainment technology working with producers to process audio, video and lighting ideas into reality. Matthew wrote for Tenemu from 2016-2018.