Joe Wiebe grew up in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, in the 1970s. He moved to Victoria, BC, in 1991 and never looked back. Apart from an 18-month lapse of reason spent in Winnipeg in 2000-2001, he has been a skookum West Coaster ever since. Joe began working as a freelance writer in 1999 and then studied Creative Writing at UBC (under the tutelage of none other than Andreas Schroeder) from 2002-2006. While at UBC, Joe wrote a short story called “Sunshine + Coloured Glass,” which later appeared in the Mennonite literary anthology, Half in the Sun. Joe’s writing also appeared in the first West Coast issue of Rhubarb magazine (#11, Fall 2005), and then he took over the reins as Guest Editor for the 2nd West Coast issue, “Mennonites on the Edge” (#19, Fall 2008).
While visiting Sonoma, California, in 2008 for a travel article he was writing, Joe found himself the recipient of an invention of sorts as the dozen other wine writers all sat him down and told him that he should do what they do–only about beer. Apparently, he’d been talking about beer non-stop as they wandered through vineyards, sipped rare vintages and enjoyed fancy, wine-paired meals.
Upon returning to Vancouver, Joe took their advice to heart and rebranded himself as the Thirsty Writer. The timing was perfect–British Columbia’s craft beer scene was just starting to boom, and now he is the province’s leading beer writer. His book, Craft Beer Revolution: The Insider’s Guide to BC Breweries, was published by Douglas & McIntyre in May, 2013, became a BC Bestseller immediately and went into a second printing within two months of publication.
Joe writes columns about craft beer or contributes regularly to publications including the Northwest Brewing News, BC Craft Beer News, Taps, urbandiner.ca, Beer West, Taste. NUVO, BCBusiness, and others. He has appeared as a guest speaker/beer expert on CBC Radio several times, and has also appeared on Global TV, CHEK-TV and Shaw’s The Rush.
Aside from writing about beer, Joe also aspires to be a novelist, but right now there isn’t much time for fiction writing. Joe also works part-time as Managing Editor of Sociological Theory, an academic journal based at UBC. He also blogs for Tourism BC, writes arts-related articles for Focus magazine, reviews books for the Vancouver Sun, and has been known to take on the occasional well-paid government writing contract when the filthy lucre is just too immense to turn down.
Check out his writing at www.joewiebe.com, www.thirstywriter.com & www.craftbeerrevolution.caServices: Public readings, Workshops,
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