Kendall Jones is the Washington Beer Blog’s top contributor. He is a Seattle-based journalist and freelance writer. He’s published over 5,400 distinct stories, sharing news and information about the beer and brewing scene in Washington, the Pacific Northwest, and beyond. His work is also regularly featured on the Seattle Post-Intelligencer (a Hearst property) at SeattlePI.com/beer.
His work for Seattle magazine, Sip Magazine, USA Today, Beer Advocate, Outdoors NW, and others can be found at kendalljones.net.
Kendall is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the North American Guild of Beer Writers.
He is a trusted and recognized personality locally and nationally. Seattle magazine named him one of its “Most Influential People” in 2014. Largely because of his contributions, the Washington Beer Blog has been recognized many times as one of the top beer-related websites in the nation.
In addition to this outlet, Kendall Jones has written extensively for regional and national publications, including Seattle magazine, Sip Magazine, Beer Advocate, USA Today, Outdoors NW magazine, and others. He’s also appeared as a guest on the TODAY Show on NBC, as well as local television and radio programs. For more information about Kendall Jones and his work, visit kendalljones.net.
“All these years later, the bulk of the content is still created by me,” says Kendall. “My wife, Kim Sharpe Jones, helps with things like photography, social media, promotions, and the other less beery parts of the business, though she’s a confirmed beer geek herself.”
“When we started out on this adventure, there were fewer than 100 breweries in the state,” he says. “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 nearly 5,500 stories, an average of 1.25 stories per day for 12 years.”
“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.