Today I’m happy to announce that Corin Hirsch, a writer and beverage lover I met a few years ago at TasteCamp, has joined the NYCR team.

Corin is an enthusiastic drinker, a history geek, and a freshly minted resident of the Hudson Valley, though she grew up in a cul-de-sac on Long Island. Before she joined the white-collar ranks, she worked as a used book buyer, hot-dog-hawker, sandwich maker, and barmaid, the last at a 16th-century pub in rural England. She’s spent almost her entire professional life in publishing — as a reporter, editor, designer, and art director. For the past five years, she’s written about food and drink, most recently as a staff food writer at Seven Days, the alt-weekly in Burlington, Vermont.

In spring 2014, The History Press published her first book, the geeky Forgotten Drinks of Colonial New England: From Flips and Rattle-Skulls to Switchel and Spruce Beer. When she first proposed the book in 2013, she undertook it as a research project to learn about the historical roots of modern farm-to-bottle drinks. In New Hampshire, Corin lived on a road called Poverty Lane, and it took her two years to realize that her neighbor was renowned cidermaker Steve Wood of Farnum Hill Ciders. Many growlers of Dooryard Cider later, she’s grown increasingly cider-obsessed, and is working her way through every New York-made cider she can find.

When she’s not haunting beverage stores, she’s swilling maple kefir as well as learning about the meetings industry (and traveling) for her job as associate editor of Convene, a magazine that covers all aspects of the meetings space — including food and beverage.

We’re thrilled to have Corin join the NYCR family and we look forward to her building up our Hudson Valley coverage.