When Donavan Hall arrived on Long Island in 2002 he found a region of the country where the seed of craft beer could be planted in fertile soil. A compulsive writer by predilection, he set about writing a craft beer guide for Long Island and covering the burgeoning craft beer scene for various print publications and blogs.
In the summer of 2009 the first edition of his Long Island Beer Guide was published. At about same time, together with Rich Thatcher and Mike Voigt, he founded the Long Island Beer and Malt Enthusiasts, a consumer organization whose mission is was to promote the responsible enjoyment of craft beer on Long Island.
Not only is Donavan interested in promoting and drinking great craft beer, he’s involved in making it. As one of the three principle brewers of Rocky Point Artisan Brewers, Donavan locally handcrafts beer. He’s presently writing a book about the experience of launching a commercial nanobrewery.
The Long Island Beer Guide is now in its second edition. Additionally, Donavan has written three “beer novels” loosely based on his experiences as a beer writer and brewer. The first of these beer novels, A Year in Beer, will be available in the fall of 2011.