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Hello, world!

Posted: August 18, 2009 in Introduction
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Well, here it is … another leap into the CyberWorld. Or, should I say CyBeerWorld?

I’m Jon, a.k.a. The Beermudgeon, here to share my thoughts on beer, food, wine and their interactions with the world at large. Hopefully, that gives me broad enough license to write about just about anything that pops into my head.


A little about me: I’m a native Midwesterner who’s lived in the DC area since 1993. A trained and former working journalist, I spent more than a dozen years as a press secretary on Capitol Hill before tiring of the political world entirely. I then enrolled in cooking school, graduated at the top of my class and worked in the kitchen of a well-respected Capitol Hill restaurant before realizing that being the 40-plus-year-old father of an infant (now toddler) wasn’t really meshing well with the schedule and demands of being a line cook.

While in school, I also worked part-time at an Arlington, Va., wine shop where the owner encouraged her staff to become well-versed in wine knowledge, through the Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) program though the Society of Wine Educators. She also gave me the opportunity to manage the store’s small-but-respectable beer department as a part-timer. Then, I was given the opportunity to take a full-time job as beer manager at another wine shop, this one in Alexandria, Va., where I now manage an inventory of more than 400 brands of beer.

So, I love beer, food and wine — probably in that order. And I know about politics and the media. There’s already a lot of people out there writing about those things, so does the world need another blog from me? Maybe not, but we’ll see if I can add a new perspective on things.

Stay tuned.