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Michael James

I am a certified beer judge, travel photographer, and software developer from Boulder, Colorado. I use this site to chronicle my beer adventures shared through photography and stories, with a focus on traditional old world brewing practices. I prefer craftsmanship and elegance over excess, authenticity over gimmickry, and sensory analysis over historical context. My photography subjects outside of beer include ornithology and storm chasing.

Birre Botti e Boccali In Franconia


March 2015, Publigiovane Editore
My photographs are featured in the upcoming book Birre Botti e Boccali In Franconia (Italian), released March 22, 2015. The book is authored by Manuele Colonna of Ma Che Siete Venuti A Fa’, who I consider one of the most knowledgeable persons in the world with respect to Franconian lager.

Rome Gallery

I held my first photo exhibition at the inaugural FrankenBierFest in Rome, the weekend of March 20-22, 2015 at La Limonaia di Villa Torlonia. The event is organized in part by Ma Che Siete Venuti A Fa’.


Fermento Birro


Publications that displayed Michael's photographs

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