Cat Wolinski

Freelance beer and travel journalist

Location icon New York, USA

Hello, and welcome to my portfolio.
I'm a freelance writer and editor based in Brooklyn, New York.
Bylines: Men's Journal; Brokelyn; Ale Street News; Craft Beer & Brewing; Civil Eats; Rally; Thrillist; Village Voice; & others.
Specialties & Interests: Beer & brewing; small & independent business; travel & tourism; food waste & sustainability; and video production.
Freelance inquiries: catwolinskiwrites [at] gmail [dot] com
Blog inquiries: beeraffair [at] gmail [dot] com

Thank you for visiting!


Men's Journal
Inside the World of YouTube Beer Reviewers

As the world's second largest search engine after Google, which owns it, and the third most visited site on the Internet, after Google and Facebook, YouTube attracts billions of eyeballs to a medium that creates its own celebrities. A whole generation has become enamored of YouTube stars who are making as much money as, and sometimes more than, traditional television stars.

Civil Eats
Cheers to This: Beer That's Good for the Climate

Long Root Ale, a pale ale hitting the market today from Patagonia Provisions and Hopworks Urban Brewery, is sustainably brewed and made with organic ingredients, but that's not what sets it apart. The big difference here is in the grains-and the farming practices behind them.

Men's Journal
Is Farm-to-Pint Beer Doomed?

Call it farm-to-table, field-to-pint, or ground-to-glass, the craft beer community is embracing the culinary world's locavore movement. Through initiatives at some of the country's largest craft breweries, like Sierra Nevada's Estate Ale and Rogue Brewing's Rogue Farms, to local legislature like New York's Farm Brewery license, "local beer" no longer simply means beer that is brewed locally.

Civil Eats
5 Beers From Across the Nation That Are Redefining Local

There are 4,000 small and independent craft breweries operating across the country and they all sell their beer locally. But a select group of breweries are taking the term "local beer" to a new level by crafting brews made with with 100 percent state-grown grains and hops.

Civil Eats
How Farmers and Brewers Are Bringing Local Hops Back to New York

Last month, at the VIP dinner preceding Brewery Ommegang's annual summer festival, employees, volunteers, and attendees toasted the launch of a brand new beer: Hopstate NY. The beer, which had been released in June, struck Ommegang fans as unusual, in part because the American Pale Ale was not made in the Belgian style-a first for...


Staycation destination: Long Island City, Queens

Let's face it: Unless you're a teacher, student, or unemployed, there's really no such thing as summer vacation. The downside of this is you worked all summer with no R&R to speak of. The upside, though, is that the season doesn't need to end for you when it does for everyone else.

Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine
Beercation: Brooklyn, New York

Brooklyn's beer scene is new. The borough, on the western tip of Long Island (across the East River from Manhattan), is one of five that make up New York City, but its culture influence as a progenitor of trends is widely acknowledged.

Men's Journal
Finding America's Best Bars With 'Booze Traveler' Star Jack Maxwell

As host of the television show Booze Traveler now entering its fourth season on the Travel Channel, Jack Maxwell has traipsed the globe taking part in drinking customs of cultures around the world. Rarely has he stepped foot in the States for these lubricated jaunts, but the new spin-off series Booze Traveler: Best Bars chronicles par excellence bars throughout the United States.

Charleston Beer Week: Must-Sees, Must-Dos, Must-Drinks

As one of America's oldest cities, Charleston offers an incredible mix of history, scenery, food, and-you guessed it-beer. Whether you're a local, an east coast traveler, or a cross-country adventurer, there are sweet sites to see and great beer to sip all around the city.


Men's Journal
The 101 Best Beers in America

Our team of experts scoured the country to find the most delicious ales and lagers in all 50 states.

Queens beer guide: Explore the best craft beers neighborhood by neighborhood

The Queens Bar Guide, accompanying the Queens Beer Book, brings you the best way to discover the exploding craft beer scene in Queens. Consider this as your explorer's guide to great food and drink spots you haven't been to yet, as well as an incentive to revisit neighborhood favorites in: Astoria * Bayside * Forest Hills ...

9 beer cocktails in Brooklyn you should be drinking right now

Beer. Cocktails. Combining the two almost seems crazy, but here at Brokelyn we're willing to experiment with ways to get a good buzz going. Turns out, when beer cocktails are done right, they're pretty darn good, and even worth venturing out of your usual for (after enjoying your Brooklyn Beer Book beer on the house, of course).

11 Drinking Field Trips via NYC Public Transit

Your two-item summer bucket list: 1) get out of NYC 2) drink Check them off at THE SAME TIME with one of these 11 drinking field trips, all of which you can use public transit to get to from Manhattan, then drink all day, and still get home at night.


Beer Karma, Brooklyn's newest beer shop, in Grandma's house

How to open a beer bar/shop in Brooklyn: 1. Have a good job. 2. Quit that good job. 3. Drink as much beer as possible. 4. Know a good landlord. At least, that was the formula for Dan Lamonaca, owner of the brand new Beer Karma, a beer shop and bar located on the corner of Union Ave.

Men's Journal
The Most Interesting Man in the World on the Pursuit of Love

Jonathan Goldsmith is an actor best known for his role as the "Most Interesting Man in the World," an advertising campaign character created by the Dos Equis beer company that experienced unbelievable success on television and the internet, achieving meme fame like no other.


Beer Book 12: Middle Brooklyn

SORRY, THE MIDDLE BROOKLYN BEER BOOK IS NOW SOLD OUT, but we have a limited supply of the Upper Brooklyn Beer Book Clear off your drinking calendars and crack open some new pages in your book o' boozy adventures because the 2016 Beer Books are on sale right now!

Beer Book 11: Upper Brooklyn

Clear off your drinking calendars and crack open some new pages in your book o' boozy adventures because the 2016 Beer Books are on sale right now! As Brokelyn readers know, we curate these books every year so you get more than 30 beers at more than 30 of the best beer slinging watering holes, gastropubs, dives and craft beer bars in the borough.

Queens Beer Book 2

The annual Queens Beer Book returns for the 2nd year, bringing the best way to discover the exploding craft beer scene in Queens. The limited-edition Queens Beer Book has been carefully curated offering more than 30 beers at more than 30 of the best bars, breweries and beer-centric eateries across Queens for $30, featuring hand-picked venues in Astoria, Long Island City, Sunnyside, Jackson Heights, Ridgewood, Forest Hills, Whitestone and Bayside.


BeerAffair/Patrick Phillips
A Minoh Minute

A minute with Minoh Beer, famed women-owned craft brewery in Osaka, Japan.

BeerAffair/Ale Street News
Brewers Define Craft Beer at BCTC 2017

Brewers at BCTC 2017 (Belgium Comes to Cooperstown) beer festival at Brewery Ommegang answer the question: What Does Craft Beer Mean to You?

Meet Interboro

This is "Meet Interboro" by Patrick Phillips on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

BeerAffair/Ale Street News
Ale Street News Tours - GABF 2016

Ale Street News Tours the Great American Beer Festival in 2016, with trips to Denver and Fort Collins breweries including New Belgium and Funkwerks. A Beer Affair Production. Producer: Cat Wolinski. Director of Photography: Patrick Phillips.

BeerAffair/Ale Street News
Mondial de la Biere (English Version)

This is "Mondial Festival English" by Patrick Phillips on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

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