Meet the HOPS NEWS Team


The original Hops News Beer guy! JB started Hops News, not just because he loves beer, but because he loves the culture that craft beer has created. His mission is philanthropy through beer! When he’s not hosting our Wednesday night LIVE show at 8ET, or at his favorite local brewery, you can find him tailgating for an Appalachian State Football game!

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Annie has a love for all things beer and travel. She’s constantly on the move and has been found slinging beers across Germany and Ireland and haunting taprooms around Chicago. Stay tuned for beer guides for various international cities, and feel free to ask for recommendations! Other interests include bagels. 


Matt is a nomadic beer enthusiast whose roots lie deep into the heart of Boston, but he currently finds himself in small town Idaho. Best known for talking too much and saying the wrong thing. You can often find him at a local craft brewery in a town near you, or on Hops News’ spinoff, Hops ‘GEEK’ News ! He and Lauren drop a new podcast episode every Sunday night all about beer and geek culture topics. You can also find Matt helping out over at the non profit, Bottleshare.

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Lauren is our “self-proclaimed Disney beer expert.” She is a Florida native who is often found drinking at the most magical place on Earth, the beach, or a local brewery. From German imports that follow the Reinheitsgebot laws, to local craft beer, she is helping us find all the best brews throughout Disney World, and Central Florida. She’s our other co-host on Hops ‘GEEK’ News alongside Matt. Just search ‘Hops News’ on YouTube or any podcast platform, and then look for the ‘GEEK’ episodes. 

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