“Everyone knows who I am but no one knows what I do.”
This is the statement that I’ve been battling to remedy as part of my 2017 mindset. When people call themselves artistic, what they really mean is that they are unemployed hopefuls with a self inflated ego that drives them to see the world in an idealistic way.
I am an artist.
My medium is beer.
About 7 years ago I found my passion in life. Beer culture. The people who are involved in making beer are unpretentious, resourceful, progressive, and welcoming unlike any other global network of nerds I’ve ever come across. Above everything else, they have respect for taste.
So I started researching how to make beer. I checked out every book in library, I began home brewing and I stacked up notebook after notebook of notes from everything that was available at that time. I decided that Michael Jackson (the beer writer) is a Saint and that yeast is my favorite living thing on the planet, I memorised beer styles without having access to the actual products and I began talking about beer every chance I got (to the annoyance of my roommates). I took notes on all the books I could find except for one.
There was one book that had some much rich, useful and well organised content that taking notes would’ve been photo copying the book; Tasting Beer by Randy Mosher.
That book sat with me on terraces and beaches, on buses and boats as I traveled through Australia and the South East Asia. Through my travels, and at the behest of my "fun beer facts” fatigued travel mates, I started voicing my passions through a blog. There were beer reviews sure, like any other beer blog, but a lot of it was me gushing over the hospitality of the beer community, taking note of culture differences, or asking questions I couldn’t find answers to.
I started blogging in 2012 and I haven’t stopped since. To be fair, I don’t consider myself a writer because I don’t read very much. I’m a multi-tasking tech geek who likes to say, “I live on the internet,” which means that sitting down to read has never been good for me. Podcasts, audio books, video and visual are what became my medium for communicating my art.
Which means me sitting down to write this letter to you, my dear beer friends, is unusual for me. It’s something I used to do when I knew I was only talking to myself, but now I’ve built this community ― this network of international beer friends ― who want to help spread the good word of beer, and they’re looking to me to help move us forward.
Five years after deciding that beer people are the best people on the planet, with four years of settling myself as an immigrant in Paris, and one year sacrificing financial comforts to create my art, I think I’m ready to take up the flag and get this show on the global scale. I want people to know that what I do is connect international beer geeks, I eat sleep and breath beer culture and I don’t feel that I need to tie myself to a specific company to do so.
I am Nitch.
My revenue comes from entertaining and educating through good beer.
I’m a one woman pillar of malt, hops, water and yeast! I’ve got a mindset like Ninkasi and I live like a monk, but there is one thing no lack of ego or space living will change: this year we’re going to live deliciously!
New videos up on YouTube every week with World Beer News and Morning Beer, but on Patreon is where we’re going to have the most fun! If you haven't already checked out what Patreon is or how it works then don't worry, I'll be releasing videos in the coming months explaining what it is, what it means to me and you can be a part of it.
Stay tuned ❤︎🍻