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About jmartin437

I've worked in and around the world of high end cheese for 27 years. I've been everything from a department manager who hired and fired and trained staffs to a weekend warrior who shows up ties on an apron the middle of a rush and talks to customers and cleans up the place. I enjoy it all, and I especially like my current situation conducting informal seminars about cheese at area bars and in class at the 92nd St. Y. The current schedule is always up at thejoyofcheese.blogspot.com. In addition I conduct private events that are perfect to lead off birthday parties for foodies and sommeliers and also they make great entertainment for corporate team building events and associates meetings at law firms. In addition, I've been a freelance journalist for 27 years. Currently my profiles of leading musicians and filmmakers appear in the Wall Street Journal and www.theroot.com. I also wrote about sports for the Root, and for five loooong years, which included the entirety of the Isiah Thomas Knicks era, I wrote about the NBA for the New York Sun. I enjoyed writing about basketball so much that I now do it here at rotations for free.

At WSJ on Beer

When I’m not in the food biz, I work as a freelance journalist and my most visible regular outlet is the Wall St. Journal, where I write about jazz. In 2014, they let me write about beer on occasion.  These … Continue reading

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When Will They Get It

I wish owners owners of places with great beer programs would understand the value of what they have. Last night, I was at a bar/casual restaurant, a couple of barstools down from two young women and the owner was chatting … Continue reading

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What’s the Difference Between Working in Cheese and Working in Beer

So what’s the difference between working in cheese and working in beer? I get that question about once a week from my regulars at the store, and my answer depends on how much time I think they have.  If they … Continue reading

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NYC Beer Renaissance Notes

Inspired by legwork on this article http://www.wsj.com/articles/craft-brewers-and-brewpubs-gain-popularity-in-new-york-city-1421976473 NYC Beer Renaissance And Local Cheese to Match 92Y January 28, 2016 Instructor Martin Johnson Stillwater Yacht (Lager, 4.5% ABV, gypsy) Nancy’s Camembert (Pasteurized Sheep’s Milk, Chatham, NY)   Finback Age of Reason … Continue reading

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Beer and Cheese Pairing Notes January 5

Beer and Cheese Pairings January 5, 2016 My series of pairings featuring dark beers and blues got off to an excellent start. Both Sunday and Monday, people were receptive to the offerings, and that was my primary concern. In the … Continue reading

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Beer and Cheese Pairing Notes, December 2015

My apologies for the infrequency of these dispatches, they have become a casualty of my success both with the beer program and with the writing phase of my professional life. In other words, the beer program’s success began to involve … Continue reading

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Some More Recent Posts from Beer Geeks TV Blog

On Great NYC Beer Bars At Beer Geeks TV Blog on Three Great NYC Beer Bars. http://www.ora.tv/beergeeks/article/2015/12/4/new-york-craft-beer-bars Three Great Barrel Aged Beers http://www.ora.tv/beergeeks/article/2015/11/27/barrel-aged-and-perfect-for-the-season Beers and Thanksgiving http://www.ora.tv/beergeeks/article/2015/11/20/bird-and-brew

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