We are Bevvy—a small group of bon vivants, regular and guest contributors—passionate about cocktails and spirits. We love a well-balanced cocktail, and wish to share that love with others. We’re also known to day drink from time to time—because hey, it’s work.
Kevin Gray (Co-founder & Editor-in-Chief)
Kevin Gray is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Bevvy, where he leads the editorial strategy and an intrepid team of drinks writers. Previously the founder of the pioneering drinks blog CocktailEnthusiast.com (now merged with Bevvy), Kevin has been writing about cocktails and spirits for more than a decade. His bylines can be found in publications including Forbes, Liquor.com, The Dallas Morning News, Men's Health, Tasting Table and VinePair.
A former bartender, Kevin remains active in the USBG and is a regular cocktail competition judge. His drinks-related commentary has been featured in outlets such as Fast Company, Eater and USA Today.
Matt Pietrek (Rum Master)
Matt Pietrek began his cocktail wonkery in 2007 with a modest home bar that soon grew out of control. Pietrek excels at making complex topics accessible and fun. From the chemistry of fermentation to spirit regulations, from cocktail recipes to rum history, he casts a wide net over little known and overlooked topics. Penning works for books, magazines, and his CocktailWonk.com site, Pietrek was named a finalist for Best Cocktail & Spirits Writer at the 2018 Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards, as well as Saveur magazine's Best Drinks Blog.
Rum is a particular passion, and he serves as the Community Envoy for the West Indies Rum and Spirits Producers Association. With his wife, Carrie, he recently published Minimalist Tiki: A Cocktail Wonk Look at Classic Libations and the Modern Tiki Vanguard, as well as a book about the history of British rum. Now based in New Orleans, he can be found on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, or maybe on the barstool next to you.
Eric Twardzik (Staff Writer & Bevvy Ambassador)
Eric Twardzik is a Boston-based writer who's traveled the world searching for good spirits, cocktails, and the places that serve them. In addition to Bevvy, he has written about drinks, food and travel for publications including Vice, Boston.com, UrbanDaddy, InsideHook, and The Food Lens.
Susie Oszustowicz (Contributor)
Susie is a freelance cocktail, spirits, food, and travel writer coming to us from the Big D... or wherever her travels take her. Susie is the founder of SusieDrinks.com, contributes to the Dallas Observer, D Magazine, Where Magazine, and Texas Lifestyle Magazine, and runs her own social media consulting agency. But she's never too busy to dive into "research" for her articles, because the perfect Gibson isn't going to find itself.
Jeff Dufour (Contributor)
Jeff Dufour is a full-time political journalist with National Journal in Washington, DC, and a part-time cocktail tinkerer and writer. He's been covering cocktails and spirits for more than 10 years, and his drinks writing has appeared in Capitol File, DC Magazine, Craft Spirits Exchange, and UrbanDaddy, among others.
He thinks that a full ounce of lemon juice is almost always too much, a single dash of bitters is almost never enough, and sherry is still overrated, no matter how many times someone tries to tell him otherwise.
Jay Hung (Co-founder)
Jay co-founded and built the initial version of Bevvy, after being in the digital food recipe space for over 13 years. He previously helped build and grow three of the top ten food websites in the world—Food Network, Food.com, and Yahoo! Food—reaching over 60 million people per month, and is driven to do the same with drink.
A former bartender, Jay loves sharing the joys of cocktails and spirits with the world, and is quick to bend an elbow with a friendly face.
Joe Cannella (Bevvy Expert)
Joe Cannella is the founder of Ferino Distillery, a family-owned and operated amaro distillery and cocktail bar based in Reno, Nevada. He produces a line of Italian-inspired, hand-crafted premium spirits including Cannella Cinnamon Cordial, Fernet Cannella, and Amaro Cannella.
Warren Bobrow (Bevvy Expert & Contributor)
Warren Bobrow, aka the Cocktail Whisperer, is a six-time author whose books include Apothecary Cocktails: Restorative Drinks from Yesterday and Today, Cannabis Cocktails, Mocktails & Tonics, and his latest release, The Craft Cocktail Compendium. He has also written for Saveur, Voda Magazine, Distiller, Beverage Media, DrinkupNY, SoFAB Magazine and more.
Warren was nominated for a Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Award in 2013 for Best New Cocktail/Bartending Book. He was in the Saveur "100" in 2010 and is a regular judge at cocktail and spirit festivals.
Daniel Djang (Bevvy Advisor)
Daniel Djang is the founder of Thirsty in LA, an award-winning cocktail and spirits blog. His work has been featured in CLASS Magazine, Bar Magazine, dineL.A., Discover Los Angeles, CBS Los Angeles, Preservation Magazine, San Francisco Travel, Société Perrier, Where Magazine and Wine Enthusiast.
Daniel has served as a judge on the West Coast committee of the Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards, has judged numerous cocktail competitions and is a member of the Advisory Board for Golden State of Cocktails. Daniel is also a co-founder of Art Beyond the Glass, an annual multi-city fundraising event that gives top bartenders the opportunity to express and showcase their creative pursuits outside of the bar, while giving back to their community and charitable causes.
Dave Stolte (Bevvy Advisor)
Dave Stolte has spent the last 20-plus years collecting cocktail recipes, studying techniques, reading yellowed old books, visiting bars around the country, making numerous variations on classic cocktails, researching their history, and pushing these drinks on friends and family.
A two-time finalist for Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards for Best New Cocktail/Bartending Book, Dave's work has received rave reviews from the likes of Gaz Regan, Paul Harrington, the late Jonathan Gold, and many other food and drink luminaries. Dave is a former vice-president of the United States Bartenders Guild Southern California Chapter and a West Coast Committee Judge for Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards.
Ericson deJesus (Bevvy Advisor)
The best drawer in class since kindergarten, Ericson deJesus is a user experience and product strategy expert. He's worked with some of the world's most respected design organizations including Yahoo, Frog Design, Google, and Apple (whom he sold his last company to).
A cocktail enthusiast and mezcal fanatic, Ericson's been advising Bevvy since our beginning—providing product guidance and design expertise—over drinks, of course.