By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor

Donavan-hall Today Donavan Hall, our original beer editor years ago, returns to the NYCR team as a beer correspondent covering the Long Island beer scene.

I met Donavan many years ago, perhaps before I ever started blogging. Our chance meeting was at a brewpub with a group of like-minded fiction writers who were gearing up for National Novel Writing Month.

While I've given up on my fiction writing, Donavan continues to be one of the more prolific writers I know, writing beer themed novels as well as the source for Long Island beer information, his Long Island Beer Guide. He's also one of the founders of the Long Island Beer and Malt Enthusiasts (LIBME) group and is one of the founders of the soon-to-open nanobrewery, Rocky Point Artisan Brewers.

Donavan has been my go-to for beer-related questions for years and now I've finally convinced him to come back to the NYCR and cover the local beer scene — one that he's helped create and foster.