BIOGRAPHY: Portland, Oregon-based writer, DeBenedetti is author of THE GREAT AMERICAN ALE TRAIL (Running Press, 2011). He has been writing professionally about craft beer since 1998, and also specializes in adventure travel. He began his magazine career in 2000 with an internship at Outside magazine, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, then moved to New York. During a period of nine years living there he worked on the staffs of National Geographic Adventure and Men’s Journal magazines, freelance writing on the side, before going full-time freelance in late 2005.
Key assignments include an original Outside feature on Himalayan Sherpa guides living out the American dream by driving N.Y.C. taxi cabs, a story later adapted for an Emmy-nominated ABC World News Tonight segment. He has contributed cover stories to National Geographic Adventure, Men’s Journal, Outside’s Go, and Popular Science. Starting in 2004, he was one of the creators of Men’s Journal‘s annual craft beer feature, which reached its 7th incarnation in 2010.
He contributes to the above publications as well as Food & Wine, Departures, Esquire, Slate.com, Portland Monthly, and Beer West, and helped report the first ever “green issue” of The New York Times Magazine. Currently he is a Correspondent for Outside Magazine, Beer Correspondent for Food & Wine, and Editorial Director of Weekly Pint, a national craft beer e-newsletter published by Bottlenotes.
He has appeared on ABC’s Nightline, NYC’s WB11, and as a guest speaker for The Explorers Club and the Half King Reading Series in New York and the Craft Brewers National Conference in 2010, held in Chicago. A 1996 graduate of Whitman College, he was awarded a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, which he used to study traditional methods of making beer in 14 European and West African nations from 1996 to 1997. An avid but sometimes unlucky traveler, in 2009 he launched a blog about misadventures, www.theaccidentalextremist.com. He is a founder of The Zythos Project, a design and engineering firm dedicated to innovating the art, science, and enjoyment of craft beer.
He is represented by Alia Habib of McCormick & Williams, a literary agency in New York City.
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