Jamaal Lemon


Years of Participation


Jamaal Lemon is an acclaimed beer writer, James Beard Nominated journalist and International Association of Culinary Professionals Finalist.

A Charleston native—who recently relocated from Baltimore City to South Florida. Jamaal became obsessed with beer after completing a beer internship in The Czech Republic, Belgium & Germany. When the internship came to a close, Jamaal put his degree in English and love of culture to good use as an award winning writer and journalist for the beer industry. Since 2016, Jamaal has set out to immerse himself in all things beer related—from Cicerone certification to becoming a member of the DC Home Brewers’ Club to a frequent contributor for Good Beer Hunting and Huckberry as a journalist and writer.

When Jamaal is not writing, he co-hosts the “Help the Pour Podcast—Conversations with Women(only), about Women, Over a Pint of Beer”. The project’s mission is to explore the impact of women in the beer industry and introduce the culture of beer to women who may consider themselves novices.

He is the author of the 2020 NAGBW Award winning article for best commentary, “Mutated Anxieties” and author of the James Beard Nominated three-part article and podcast series, “Tek Cyear Uh De Root “ - a historical and contemporary look into Charleston’s German Shutzenfest and the African American involvement in beer spaces, past and present

He also led a social initiative aimed to promote conversations related to diversity and inclusivity through a beer collaborations with Edmunds Oast, Good Beer Hunting, Saint Joseph’s University and the Barrel and Flow Beer Festival in Pittsburgh, PA.

Jamaal’s expertise lies within his love of beer and food pairings, music, culture, and using beer as vehicle to join different ideals with different cultures and highlighting the harmonies that are discovered as they relate to gender, race, class and environmental sustainability.