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Lisa M. Morrison

Lisa Morrison, also known as The Beer Goddess, is host and producer of "Beer O'Clock!," the Pacific Northwest’s only weekly, hour-long commercial radio show devoted to craft beer. Lisa is a regular columnist for the nationally distributed publications Beer Advocate and Celebrator Beer News and is the first and only female contributor to "Beer Talk" in the national magazine, All About Beer.

She writes the "Beers to Your Health" column and contributes other articles for the regional publication Northwest Brewing News. She also frequently contributes to other publications, including Beer Northwest, Nightclub and Bar Magazine, The New Brewer, Zymurgy and Ale Street News. Lisa was also one of 40 contributing writers for 1001 Beers to Taste Before You Die.

Lisa was chosen as one of the three original recipients — and the first female recipient — of the national Beer Journalism Awards, presented by the Brewers Association, for a column she wrote about the benefits and traditions of serving beer instead of wine at the Thanksgiving table.

Lisa loves to share her passion for beer with others. She conducts numerous classes about beer in hopes of reaching out to more potential craft beer fans. For example, she presented a seminar on pairing beer with food for the national convention of the Women's Chefs and Restaurateurs Association, and she held a similar demonstration at the Mondial de la Biere festival in Montreal, Canada. Additionally, she has been teaching Beer 101 classes for women (traditionally not beer drinkers) in and around Portland for more than a decade.

As a way to give back to the beer community and raise awareness about craft beer within the general public, Lisa organizes a number of nonprofit beer-related events, including the annual FredFest, a beer tasting and rare beer auction for the octogenarian Portland-based beer writer Fred Eckhardt. In the past three years, the event has raised more than $30,000 for local charities.

When she is not writing or talking about beer, Lisa and her husband, Mark, enjoy traveling with their Samoyed dog, Yeti — if for no other reason than to be reminded that there's "no better beer than here."

You may also be interested in the author's own Web site, BeerGoddess.com.