Director, Beer Wars
I’m truly at a loss of words over this one. Don’t ask me why a woman that is allergic to alcohol would ever want to produce a documentary about the craft beer industry. After all, it took her nearly two years, if not more, to gather the footage and edit it and blah blah blah whatever filmmakers do. But seriously, Anat gave enough of a crap about our tiny little artisan world to stop, drop, and roll film for us, despite the fact that she doesn’t even know what a craft beer tastes like. Her eye-opening 2009 documentary, which exposes the inner workings of the beer industry and the struggles small independent brewers face on a daily basis, was quite ground-breaking and revolutionary for its time. And lord knows, the sequel is well overdue. (Hear that Anat? Give me a call if you need some material. I got your back).
Consultant, Master Cicerone
Although she was already well known for her encyclopedic knowledge of beer, Nicole proved her expertise to the world -- shutting up any potential doubters -- when she became the first female to pass the Master Cicerone exam. For those of you who live under a rock, the Cicerone program is pretty similar to the sommelier program in that both essentially certify people for having superior palates and knowledge of beer/wine, respectively. And as you can imagine, being a master in either school is super legit. Nicole is about as legit as it gets. Even the most expert of experts have a tough time hanging with this one -- two minutes of talking shop with Nicole, and you will quickly realize that you thought you knew everything there was to know about beer, but you really don’t know anything at all.
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Ashley Routson, aka the Beer Wench, is a craft beer evangelist, author of The Beer Wench's Guide to Beer, and a district manager for Green Flash Brewing. Follow her to being a badass: @thebeerwench.