Contributing Writers


Laura Handke grew up on a farm in Northwest Missouri and continues to operate a cow-calf operation with her husband and daughter in Northeast Kansas. Laura’s passion for agriculture and science convened in her attainment of both Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Agriculture Science from Northwest Missouri State University. Contributing as an agricultural science professional with a background in Food Safety, Education and Distilling, Laura says, “I am excited to learn while sharing, which is what writing is all about!”


Lindsey A. Zahn, Esq. is an alcohol beverage and food attorney at Lehman Beverage Law, PLLC. Ms. Zahn has previously counseled wine, beer, and spirits companies on licensing and compliance, federal and state labeling, customs regulations, third party provide relationships, and advertising and promotions. She is an award-winning author on wine law, publishes a leading wine law blog called On Reserve and has traveled to over a dozen wine regions in the U.S. and Europe. Additionally, she has given talks and instructed classes on wine law throughout the country and in France. In 2014 and 2015, her blog was nominated as one of the Top 100 Legal Blogs by the ABA Journal.


Donald Snyder Founder and President of Whiskey Resources LLC and Whiskey Systems Online Donald has 12+ years of experience in the alcohol and beverage industry including holding senior management roles at the Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, KY and MGPI in Lawrenceburg, IN. After leaving the corporate world to help the growing craft distilling industry, Donald created Whiskey Systems Online to help craft distilleries of all sizes create start up business models and road maps, barrel warehouse management interfaces, simple to use automated distillery operations tracking tools, automated TTB Monthly Reporting and Compliance systems, and business management solutions.  Donald earned his undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering from Iowa State University and his Master’s in Business Administration from University of Kentucky and has taught several lectures on various craft distilling subjects.


Fawn Ward is a writer, editor, bartender and beer scholar based in Seattle, Wash. She writes mainly for the craft beverage community, focusing on brewing techniques, ingredients, business concepts, style history and industry sustainability. She holds a degree in English from Reed College in Portland, Ore. and a certificate in the Business of Craft Brewing from Portland State University. Visit her blog at


Brandon Scripps is the Senior Audit Manager and craft beer and wine specialist at Sensiba San Filippo. If you want to learn more about how your brewery can start saving cash, contact Brandon at 408.286.7780 or at

Andy Anderson  is a Senior Director on the Baker Tilly’s National Craft Beverage Team. A 21 year veteran of the beer business, his experience is extensive across all 3 tiers of the beverage industry. His interaction with distributor sales teams on sales targets, gap analyses and action plans to improve sales execution is crucial in market expansion for breweries, distilleries, wineries, cideries and RTD beverage companies. He has developed many trade marketing programs implemented across multiple sales channels and distributor territories. Andy continues to consult clients in other crucial business categories including revenue management/pricing, service strategy, media, procurement, and key account management to benefit craft beverage companies investigating critical business decisions in their home market and abroad.

Gloria Atika leads Baker Tilly’s Craft Beverage Technology practice. In this role, she leads financial and IT projects to streamline operations and reporting for beverage companies, including providing diagnostic reviews and recommendations for financial operations, developing bench-marking studies and creating training manuals and management dashboards. She also has expertise in helping breweries implement and utilize data from brewery-specific software packages. Prior to joining Baker Tilly, Gloria worked as an SAP Consultant for Accenture.


Jim Phelps is the owner of Capital Equipment Leasing. He and his staff serve clients throughout the continental United States. Clients choose their vendors, choose their equipment, make their best deals, and take advantage of the benefits equipment leasing allows. You can reach him at 503-890-0969, or download an application at


Dan Minutillo  has practiced law in Silicon Valley since 1977. The Firm’s practice is limited to regulatory law, government contract law, and international trade law matters. Dan has received the prestigious “Silicon Valley Service Provider of the Year” award as voted by the most influential attorneys in Silicon Valley. The Firm has worked on the massive US Government SETI (Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence) project as well as FOEKE (worldwide nuclear plant design certification), the Olympic Games, the first Obama town hall worldwide webinar, among other leading global projects. Dan serves as an expert witness in United States Federal Court regarding his area of expertise.

Dan has lectured to the World Trade Association, has taught law for UCLA, Santa Clara University Law School and their MBA program, and has lectured to the NPMA at Stanford University. Dan has lectured to various National and regional attorney associations about Government contract and international law matters. Dan has provided input to the US Government regarding the structure of regulations. He has been interviewed by reporters for the Washington Post and other newspapers. Contact Dan at: or

Robin Dohrn-Simpson is a San Diego-based wine, beer, food and travel writer. She suffers from an extreme case of wanderlust.  She’s traveled the world in search of a good taco, pasta, wine or ice-cold beer. When not sitting at her desk she can usually be found exploring a wine region somewhere in the world. Robin holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Business and a Professional Certificate in the Business of Wine at San Diego State University. She enjoys teaching Tai Chi Chih and Yoga in her spare time. Robin is a member of the International Food, Wine and Travel Writers Association. To see where she is currently exploring check out her website at:

Maggie Campbell DipWSET is Head Distiller of Privateer Rum. She is also the North American representative for the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) International Alumni Advisory Board, founder of the Denver Brewer’s League and serves on the Board of the Directors of the American Craft Spirit Association.