Ken Weaver

Freelance Beer Writer + Editor

I’m an award-winning beer writer and the author of The Northern California Craft Beer Guide. I currently serve as beer editor at All About Beer Magazine and FSR Magazine.

My work can be found in spots like 3 Beer Island, DRAFT, Rare Beer Club, and Saveur.

Personal Info

  • emailkmweaver{at}gmail{dot}com
  • locationPetaluma, California


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Recent Work

  • Freelance Beer Writer + Editor

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    I serve as Beer Editor at All About Beer Magazine and FSR Magazine, as well as a columnist for the Rare Beer Club. I've previously worked as a technical editor for New West Technologies, LLC, assisting large clients such as Robert Bosch GmbH develop high-priority funding proposals.

    My beer writing has appeared in spots like 3 Beer IslandDRAFT, and Saveur, and my recent work has received multiple awards from the North American Guild of Beer Writers. My first book, The Northern California Craft Beer Guide with Anneliese Schmidt, was a finalist for an NCIBA Book of the Year award. FSR Magazine was named a 2015 Azbee Awards' Magazine of the Year.

  • Editor in Chief, RateBeer Weekly

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    I served as Editor in Chief of RateBeer Weekly for just over two years, growing that email-based, twice-weekly publication to nearly 130,000 active subscribers (with open rates above 25% for the duration). I handled everything involved in the publication's day-to-day operations aside from ads: from writing and editing features, to handling our social media presence, to building database-driven content sections. I resigned in early October 2014 to work on something new.

  • Community Advisor, blueEnergy Group

    Between transitioning U.S. coasts, my wife and I spent six months volunteering on the Atlantic coast of Nicaragua. Three were spent in a remote Miskito village: teaching secondary school, maintaining renewable energy systems, and serving as on-site development coordinators.


  • University of Maryland—College Park


    I received my MFA in creative writing from the University of Maryland in May 2007. I was named a Distinguished Teaching Assistant in that same year, and my fiction has appeared in literary-but-not-too-stuffy places like Black Warrior Review, Hobart, and McSweeney's Internet Tendency.

  • Cornell University


    Despite having since forgotten most of it, I earned an M.S. in experimental particle physics from Cornell University back in August 2005. I also met my future wife there (a fellow ex-physicist).

  • Carnegie Mellon University


    I received my B.S. in physics from Carnegie Mellon in May 2003 as part of the university's Science & Humanities Scholars Program. I was a Phi Beta Kappa early inductee, Phi Kappa Phi inductee, Senior Leadership Award recipient, and a National Society of Collegiate Scholars Merit Award Winner. In the interim, I got to hit up summer programs at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and CERN's Large Hadron Collider out in Geneva, Switzerland.


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Email’s easiest, though non-beer snail mail can be directed to the address below. Breweries looking to send samples should contact me directly for an appropriate shipping address.

  • 1601 Corporate Cir #7014, Petaluma, CA 94954
  • kmweaver{at}gmail{dot}com

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