Hi! My name is MC Johnsen, and I’m an illustrator, homebrewer, and sometimes bar tender. These designations are all side projects; I am a professional web designer by day. In March of 2014 I decided to start this blog as a place where I could express two of my passions – illustration and craft beer – together in one happy medium.
Here on the blog I taste and write about a variety of beers, visit breweries, and attend craft beer events and festivals. I visually record my experiences by creating an original illustration, usually by drawing the aromas and flavors that I perceive in a beer I’ve tasted, but sometimes I’ll draw a cute animal enjoying a brew.
Before I create my illustrations, I sample and take notes on a craft beverage’s appearance, flavor, and aroma … though sometimes I have a backup pint on hand as a reminder. I draw everything by hand with pen and ink, and when I’m finished drawing, I scan the illustration into my computer and I color it digitally in Illustrator.
My canine pal Dallas is always there to motivate me with her cute face and doggy cuddles, and my husband Matt is an ever-reliable partner when it comes to sampling beers. (If I’m being perfectly transparent, Dallas has also stolen a few sips of beer over the years.)
The blog has evolved to include an online store where I sell prints of my illustrations, plus a few original surprises on occasion. Since the store and blog have launched, I’ve participated in a handful of events as a vendor, and have covered a number festivals as a member of the media. It’s been so much fun to meet people and new friends this way, and I am so grateful for the opportunities and experiences that have come out of this endeavor.
Worth 1000 Beers has also been mentioned in:
• The Chicago Tribune
• BeerHoptacular Blog
Many thanks for visiting my labor of love!
Find me on Instagram and Twitter @worth1000beers, or on my Worth 1000 Beers Facebook page. You can also check out my store at shopworth1000beers.com.