There’s a lot to love about beer. And that can be tough to remember at times. So in honor of Valentine’s Day, we’ve asked three enthusiastic folks – Aaron MJ Gore, Annette May, and Tom M. – to come on and share what makes their heart flutter when it comes to lager and ale.


Annette May, Advanced Cicerone®, BJCP judge, Certified Saké Professional is a 27-year veteran of the craft beer industry. She works full-time as a beer and saké educator; as faculty in Schoolcraft College’s Brewing Program she teaches aspiring brewers sensory evaluation, beer service and draught management, and pairing beer and saké with food. She is a regional instructor, exam proctor and exam grader for the Cicerone® Certification Program.

She is a founding member and current Scholarship Director of Fermenta: A Women’s Craft Beverage Collective, a 501c3 that educates and gives scholarship to women in the fermented beverages industry. ( She serves on the Brewers Association’s Draught Quality Subcommittee and the Brewers Association’s Mentorship Subcommittee, and is a mentor in their Mentorship Program.

Annette & her husband Mike, the brewer in the family, are in the process of opening a brewery and restaurant in Eastern Market, Detroit, Full Measure Brewing. The brewery will feature traditional beer styles, served superbly, and the restaurant will feature locally sourced foods with an emphasis on fermented foods.

Aaron MJ Gore is the Director of Partnerships and Community for Arryved, helping to connect craft breweries with the tools and resources that they need to succeed. With a decade of sales, retail management, and business analytic experience in the craft beverage industry, he loves the opportunities that he has every day to make a difference for small business owners across the country. He is an Advanced Cicerone, Certified Pommelier, Certified Cheese Scholar, and is (AF)(NA) Beer Certified. Additionally, he is an active industry advocate, public speaker, beer educator, and the father of two daughters who are the true passion of his life.

Tom M is a Connecticut-based beer personality who runs the handle Its Always Stout Season on Facebook and Instagram. He says that everything beer related he does – from fundraisers to raffles – is for a charity, including the Smilow Cancer Center at Yale New Haven Hospital. He was also responsible for setting up the GoFundMe account that is currently helping writer Alex Kidd.

Hear the whole conversation on the Drink Beer, Think Beer podcast. Download via Apple PodcastsSpotify, Overcast, or wherever you download shows.