Kendall and Kim Jones – – the people behind the blog.
I launched the Washington Beer Blog in October of 2008 with the intention of providing the public with a source for news and information about the burgeoning craft beer scene in Washington state. I chose the word blog because it was en vogue at the time, though today it really doesn’t describe what happens on this news and information website.
All these years later, the bulk of the content is still created by me, Kendall Jones. My wife, Kim Sharpe Jones, helps with things like social media, promotions, and the other less beery parts of the business.
When we started out on this adventure, there were fewer than 100 breweries in the state. As of October 2020, there are over 400. It has been one heck of a ride. What we do here on the blog has grown along with the industry. Increasingly, we publish stories that are not just Washington-focused. Since our launch, we’ve published over 5,500 stories, an average of 1.25 stories per day for 12 years.
A Bit About Me
My name is Kendall Jones and I am a freelance writer based in Seattle, WA. While most people know me as the primary author of the Washington Beer Blog, I also write beer and travel stories for print publications. I also have broadcast experience and have appeared on radio and television to talk about beer. I’ve worked as a writer for most of my professional career. Not just beer, but I’ve produced all sorts of content over the years, from high-tech business solutions to high-performance automobiles.
To learn more about my work with print publications, and to see some of the stories I’ve had published over the years, please visit my website at kendalljones.net.
For many years, my work appeared regularly in Seattle magazine and I was often in charge of creating he annual “beer issue,” which spanned as many as 24 pages. I am also a regular contributor to Sip magazine. I’ve also been published in Celebrator Beer News, Beer Advocate, Beer West, 425 Magazine, Outdoors Northwest, and many others. Sadly, many of those publications have been lost to the forces of time and technology.
It is not unusual for me to receive requests from people who want to pick my brain about their new business, product, event, idea, and so on. Not surprising considering how long I have served as an embedded reporter on the beer front. Please understand that I simply do not have time to entertain all of these requests. If you’d like to work with me in such a capacity, please ask me about consulting fees.
What Drives This Beer Blogger
Although I am best recognized as a blogger, I don’t think of myself as a beer blogger: I’m a beer writer with a blog. One reason I can say that is because I’ve been published in print. Also, I hold myself to a different standard than most bloggers. Truthfully, to me the word blog suggests something much more personal than what I typically do.
I try to behave like a journalist and always make an honest attempt to abide by the Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics. I write to inform and educate, and hopefully entertain my readers and myself.
The Washington Beer Blog’s continuing mission is to help promote the Washington craft beer scene. Breweries, events, personalities, beers, issues, and all the rest.