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Friday, May 22, 2015


West Coaster's new Editor-at-Large Brandon Hernandez                         Photo by Graham Tyler
WELCOME, BRANDON HERNANDEZ--Nationally recognized beer author and journalist Brandon Hernández (Twitter: @SDBeerNews) has been tapped as Editor-at-Large for monthly brewing publication, West Coaster. Hernández is San Diego County’s most prolific beer writer, reporting on developments regarding the region’s plethora of brewing companies, beer-centric businesses and the craft beer industry as a whole. His expanded role represents a major step forward in the expansion of the five-year-old print and web magazine’s editorial coverage.

“Working as our beer-and-food columnist, Brandon has been an important part of our editorial staff for close to five years. We’re excited to expand the number and frequency of his articles and insights, in turn upgrading the breadth of our local and regional coverage on a near-daily basis,” says West Coaster co-founder and publisher Mike Shess.

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Adds West Coaster editor Ryan Lamb, “Brandon’s expanded role truly broadens our already recognized status as a top source for San Diego beer and food news.”

Hernández’s impact will be most visible via West Coaster’s website, which will benefit from the new editor-at-large’s frequent updates on new brewing businesses, expansions, closures, events, standout beers and more. Such pieces have been his calling card for the better part of a decade and led to him being regarded as the county’s most prominent brewing industry correspondent.

Hernández is the author of the annually published Complete Guide to San Diego Breweries, the Senior Communications Specialist for Stone Brewing Co., a Cicerone-certified Beer Server and an on-air correspondent on San Diego’s beer scene for local television station, San Diego 6/The CW. In addition to West Coaster, he has written for All About Beer, The Beer Connoisseur, Celebrator Beer News, Beer Magazine, Imbibe and The New Brewer. His works have also been published in USA Today, Los Angeles Times, U-T San Diego and more. Over the past decade, he has garnered multiple awards for his writing, served as an expert consultant for Food Network and the Zagat Survey, and been a member in good standing with the San Diego Press Club, North American Beer Writers Guild, California Craft Brewers Association, National Association of Hispanic Journalists and more.

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