Polished Palate Biography

Stephen Beaumont

Stephen Beaumont is one of the world’s most authoritative voices on beer today, as well as a widely recognized writer on spirits, food, cocktails and travel. He is the author of five books on beer, co-author of 2009’s Thebeerbistro Cookbook, contributor to a variety of other books, and author of innumerable articles covering everything from where to get the best beer in America’s college towns (for Playboy) to how to best pair food and spirits (for Wine Enthusiast).

Once described as "beerdom's Brillat-Savarin," Beaumont is nothing if not prolific, vocal and seemingly tireless in his pursuit and endorsement of life’s simple liquid pleasures, qualities which in 2009 led to him being honored with the Cheers Magazine “Raising the Bar” award for his “noteworthy and sustained contribution to the world of beverage alcohol.”

A beer and beverage specialist for nearly two decades, Beaumont writes for a wide and varied range of magazines and newspapers, including Saveur, Hemispheres, The Globe and Mail, The Malt Advocate, epicurious.com and The Celebrator, as well as hospitality industry magazines Cheers, Flavor & the Menu and Nation’s Restaurant News. In total, he authors nine regular columns for eight publications, as well as maintaining an impressive online presence with blogs at the hospitality industry site, cheersonline.com, and the consumer-focused resource, thatsthespirit.com, plus his own, 13 year old website, Stephen Beaumont’s World of Beer (www.worldofbeer.com).

When not writing about beer and spirits, Beaumont likes nothing more than to share his enthusiasm for outstanding libations, through tutored tastings, beer dinners, spirits and cocktail dinners and other assorted events. Additionally, he serves as consultant for the restaurant industry, with past clients including Starwood Hotels and resorts and Disney’s ESPN Zone chain of sports bars.

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