Paul Leone

How You Know Him: He’s Mr. Beer America TV! And when he’s not editing, predicting beer trends, and refereeing knife fights with Muppets he still finds time to be a pretty awesome guy.

What’s the coolest thing about being a part of Beer America TV?
Meeting the brewers and people that make up the American Craft brewing scene! Their attitudes, their zest for life, their creativity and fearlessness is contagious! I recently spent a week with the crew at Oskar Blues in Colorado, and I can honestly say they all LOVE what they do for a living…now that’s cool!

One beer that changed your life…
Probably the first beer that I had that was full of flavor and brewed locally. I don’t recall what the name of that beer was, but in 2003 it inspired me to write a television show treatment called Beer America, that I still continue to develop and pitch to this day!

What’s the next big trend in beers?
American Craft beer is evolving at lightning speed, but what we’re seeing more lately is the mixology of beer. Beer/wine (beer aged in wine casks), beer/whiskey, (beer aged in whisky barrels) etc. I’m also seeing the rise of sour beers, think beer that tastes like sweet tarts.

Fictional character that you would most love to have a drink with…
The Most Interesting Man in the World. I’d introduce him to a few of my favorite beers!

When you are not sampling beer you are…
I’m a freelance Producer/Editor/Writer, so I’m trying to stay busy creating new TV show concepts surrounding beer and beyond.

If Kermit the Frog and Alf got into a knife fight in an alley, who would come out alive?
Kermit, hands down! Although Alf might have size and few teeth, what he doesn’t have is Miss Piggy. Alf may have the bigger knife, but Miss Piggy is Kermit’s gun, and you know what they say about bringing a knife to a gun fight.

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