Drinkhacker: The Insider's Guide to Good Drinking - Staff List and Contact Information

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About the Staff

Get to know our talented writing and editing team.

Christopher Null, Publisher and Editor in Chief

A veteran journalist, the author of three books, a published poet, and an award-winning winemaker, Christopher Null has more than 20 years of experience writing about wine and spirits. He founded Drinkhacker in 2007 as part of Null Media, a publishing company that provides editorial and content strategy services. He also writes regularly about the science of booze for Wired and is an occasional contributor to ADI’s Distiller magazine. He has been a judge for both the American Distilling Institute Judging of Craft Spirits and Whiskies of the World spirits competitions and often works as a consultant, developing formal tasting notes for spirits brands around the world.

Location: Novato, CA
Email: [email protected]
Beats: General inquiries and announcements, all spirits, wine, drinking science
Favorite cocktail: Mai Tai

Drew Beard, Social Media Manager & Assistant Editor

A professionally trained bartender with no actual bartending experience, Drew Beard gave up a cushy government position for a frenzied career in hospitality, owning and operating a small hotel with a big bar program in Virginia wine country (yes, it’s a thing), just outside of Washington, DC. As both a freelance spirits writer and hotelier, he’s finally able — and encouraged — to drink on the job. Drew is a Certified Specialist in Spirits and Executive Bourbon Steward, among other booze-related merit badges, and he manages our Instagram account with a fervor that has no equal.

Location: Washington, DC
Email: [email protected]
Beats: Whiskey, rum, tequila/mezcal, cocktail recipes
Favorite Cocktail: Black Manhattan

Rob Theakston, Editor at Large

Rob Theakston spent the better part of his misspent youth as an Associate Editor at Allmusic.com and has since retreated to a life of whimsical academic work at the University of Kentucky. He divides his ample leisure time between the fine communities of Ypsilanti, Michigan and Lexington, Kentucky. He still writes for Drinkhacker, as he does not believe he would be allowed to write about whiskey anywhere else.

Location: Lexington, KY
Email: [email protected]
Beats: Whiskey, wine, coffee, book reviews, beer
Favorite cocktail: Osborn

Robert Lublin, Writer

A theatre professor by day and a libations enthusiast by night, Robert spends his time teaching class, taking care of his children, or at the bar. He lives near Boston, Massachusetts with his wife, twin daughters, and Sonny, the golden retriever. In addition to writing for Drinkhacker, he has published two books on Shakespeare as well as numerous articles and book chapters on theatre history, Frankenstein, and The Evil Dead. His hobbies include collecting whiskeys, watching ridiculous movies, running, and practicing Kenpo karate, in which he holds a black belt.

Location: Medford, MA
Email: [email protected]
Beats: Whiskey, beer, wine, tequila
Favorite Cocktail: Manhattan

Mike Gerrard, Writer

Mike Gerrard believed what people told him, that as a travel writer he had the best job in the world. But then he discovered drink, or at least writing about it, which has proven to be even better. He has drunk cognac in Cognac, tequila in Tequila, bourbon in Bourbon County, scotch in Scotland… and whatever’s on offer around the world. He publishes two boozy websites, The Vodka Guy and Travel Distilled, and splits his time between his native England and his home by marriage in Arizona. When not writing or drinking he plays the mandolin.

Location: One shot Cambridgeshire, England / one shot Green Valley, AZ
Email: [email protected]
Beats: Tequila, vodka, brandy, whiskey, beer, all UK releases
Favorite Cocktail: Margarita

Stephen Allison, Writer

Stephen Allison began his career as a cellar hand working the 2013 harvest on California’s Central Coast. After the year’s wine was barreled, he transitioned to hospitality while diligently studying all manner of beverages. He holds Certified Sommelier, Certified Cicerone, and WSET Level 3 Award in Sake distinctions and is a former Sommelier with the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. When not writing tasting notes and researching rare wines, he enjoys listening to electronic music on his audiophile stereo, playing PC games, and visiting museums.

Location: Portland, OR
Email: [email protected]
Beats: Sake, wine, cocktail technique, beer
Favorite Cocktail: Clover Club

Wes Deskins, Writer

Wes Deskins went to law school because he couldn’t think of anything better to do and has paid the price ever since. He lives in Lexington, Kentucky with his wife and two sons and, after 16 years in appellate law, now spends his days recruiting other attorneys to voluntarily represent the less fortunate. He is an avid reader who doesn’t write nearly enough in his family’s opinion.  He also enjoys yoga, beer, and soccer but not at the same time and not necessarily in that order.

Location: Lexington, KY
Email: [email protected]
Beats: Beer
Favorite cocktail: Manhattan

David Tao, Writer

David Thomas Tao (he/him) is an entrepreneur, editor, and voice actor based in New York City. He is the CEO of BarBend.com, a media brand that provides multi-platform coverage of news, analysis, training, and opinion in strength training and sports. David is a 2019 Forbes 30 Under 30 list maker for Media and a Founding Member of the Rolling Stone Culture Council. David is a proud Kentucky native with a (nearly) lifelong love for bourbon and American whiskey culture.

Location: Brooklyn, NY
Email: [email protected]
Beats: Whiskey, cocktail recipes, travel
Favorite cocktail: Brown Derby

Monica Uhm, Writer

Monica Uhm is an incurable dilettante who has been dabbling most consistently as an international tax specialist, recording singer-songwriter and coffee shop loiterer – sometimes contemporaneously.  Inevitably, she has channeled her bottomless enthusiasm for discovery into the intriguing eclectic expanding universe of bourbons, engaging in bourbon-banter at every opportunity.

Location: Westchester County, NY
Email: [email protected]
Beats: Bourbon, ready-to-drink, hard seltzers
Favorite cocktail: Whiskey Sour

Anine Myrhagen Ward, Writer

Anine’s passion for wine began while sneaking bottles from her parents’ basement in Oslo, Norway as a teenager. Advancing to buttery chardonnays in college, it was a glass of red wine (grape unknown) that sealed it for her. Since then, she has found herself visiting wineries and cellars around the world, frolicking amongst vines in a state of euphoria. Anine holds the WSET 3 in Wine, and WSET 2 in Wine and Spirits. She has spent the last 11 years working for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology focusing on global collaborations in the EdTech space.  Outside of this, Anine can be found prancing in nature, cooking, and spending time with her family.

Location: Boston, MA
Email: [email protected]
Beats: Wine
Favorite cocktail: Aperol Spritz

Linda Delmonico Prussen, Writer

Linda Delmonico Prussen is a Long Island writer of many mediums, an actress, and a gymnastics instructor who loves everything wine. She’s mom to three adult children and dog mom to one absolutely adorable, and amazing Maltipoo, Powder. She weathered the storms in print investigative journalism early in her career, garnering 11 press awards before realizing her passion for coaching gymnastics was a better way to pay the bills, and writing about wine is a better way to see the world. When not in the gym or writing about wine, Linda can be found penning new plays for Township Theatre Group or acting in film and video.

Location: Long Island, NY
Email: [email protected]
Beats: Wine
Favorite cocktail: Dirty Martini

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