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Listen to this audio snippet of episode 038 of the Good Beer Hunting podcast where the host is going to catch up with his Sightlines editor and lead contributor, Bryan Roth.
Publish Date: Sep 29, 2020
Today the host is going to catch up with his Sightlines editor and lead contributor, Bryan Roth. It’s been a busy couple of years for Bryan, but this past week’s range of stories is evidence of all the ways Sightlines has become essential reading for their audiences. From the proactive analysis of the Denver scene as Colorado retail laws shift to digging into the closure of Lagunitas’ Community Room in Portland to keeping up with the shifting responses to the Founders racial discrimination case, and sensitively reporting a story of that importance—it’s all in a week’s work for Bryan. The hosts will catch up on how all that reporting came to be, and what he’s working on next. But they will especially dig into the process behind the Founders stories that he’s written, as well as the other essential updates that have been published by a range of publications. In fact, that’s turned into a new part of the site called FYI, which is designed to keep track of all the updates in a major story in one place—and which you can find by going to GoodBeerHunting.com/FYI/Founders. This is Bryan Roth, Good Beer Hunting’s Sightlines editor. Listen in.
Welcome to the good beer hunting collective podcast show where members of our team interview each other to get behind the scenes. Looks at some of our favorite articles. Michael Kaiser and I'm the founder and director of Good Beer Hunting. With E. Today I'm going to catch up with our sight lines editor and lead contributor Brian Roth. It's been a busy couple of years for Brian, but this past week hit on all the ways in which sight lines has become essential reading for our audiences. Proactiv analysis of the Denver seen as laws continue to shift. Then he reacted to the narrative of the Lagunitas Community Room, closing in Portland, Oregon, looking for the larger context of the story, all while keeping up with the shifting reaction to the founders racial discrimination case and the difficult reporting involved in covering a story of that importance. All in a week's worth for Brian. So we'll catch up on how all that reporting came to be and what he's working on next, but well, especially dig into the process behind the founder stories that he's written at somewhat pivotal times in the case, which has turned into a new part of the site called F Y I, which you confined by going to good beer hunting dot f y i slash founders. This is Brian Rough Sight Lines editor listening. Okay. Today I'm sitting down with Brian Ross, the editor and most prolific contributor to our sight lines category, which is the news and analysis part of good deer hunting, which is ah, few years old now. And Brian, you've been you've been writing for that and moving into more of an editor roll over the past two years. Now, um, from your point of view, how do you think the sight line section of good beer hunting has evolved over time? And where have you sort of been pushing at the boundaries of it to do something, uh, personally interesting to you? For better or worse, I think a lot of what I've tried to focus on since taking on that role with sight lines is creating additional context around some of the why things are happening on. Oftentimes, you know, for people who are familiar with my work, that can often mean it's it's circling around data or kind of more quantitative reasoning alongside, you know, anecdotal and experience and insight from covering the industry for so long. Um, the you know, the thrust of it and we have this in so many of those pieces is to really hit on the, you know, the quote. Why it matters section. So we can report very easily in terms of the bare bones kind of points of information, which is always really important for journalists who are, you know, doing this inverted pyramid. Who, What? Where? When? Why, um, but where I think we excel and what we really try to hit on the sight lines, but I certainly try to hit on eyes, giving them additional context of of why something may be happening. Eso Lagunitas maybe, you know, closing a space in Portland, Oregon, that they had for a couple of years. Um, but there's more to it. They have grand global ideas, and they wanna open up tap rooms and other countries and declining sales. And you are cities. And that ambition can certainly impacted. So there's something like that is something that really interests me. And that was the Lagunitas example. You're giving it something we just published. Uh, just this past weekend, that I think is a perfect example of how that works well, because there was. There's always a ton of short news stories that sum up the facts of something that happened at a local level in this case closing the tap room Oh, our community space. That sort of served as like a fundraiser taproom space for local nonprofits in the city of Portland, Oregon. And there's a lot of quick news about that happening. And then that gets combined with conjecture on Twitter. Some very smart conjecture from folks a lot of times as toe. You know why that is, or why that's bothersome in some ways or they don't like it. But there's very little I find in a lot of news reporting, especially in the beer industry. That does kind of connect those dots, you know, like, Why is a company as big as we think? Lagunitas is making the decision that seems really small and almost petty. Well, there's probably a lot to think about in there, right on DSO the White Matter section, which is what really drove sight lines to exist. It all in the first place was this. This feeling that a lot of news was happening, but not there wasn't a lot of information or context to fill in the gaps for how people should walk away thinking about that topic. Um, that's a great recent example, but there's also some more. I guess I've seen. As this column has taken shape under your stewardship, I see that kind of reacting to the news and providing context for people to make them as smart informed as possible. I see that getting balanced by some of these longer, more proactive stories where you find a niche and you wanna go scratch it and you're just gonna dig and dig and dig until you develop some insight. That's worth sharing for people that is often for