John Schlimm

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John Schlimm (born December 1, 1971) is an American author, activist, artist, and educator. His books include The Ultimate Beer Lover's Happy Hour: Over 325 Recipes for Your Favorite Bar Snacks & Beer Cocktails, The Cheesy Vegan, Stand Up!: 75 Young Activists Who Rock the World, And How You Can, Too!, Grilling Vegan Style, and The Tipsy Vegan. [1]

A member of the award-winning Straub Brewery family of Pennsylvania, one of the oldest and most historic brewing families in the United States dating back to the 1870s, John called upon his family roots to write The Ultimate Beer Lover's Cookbook.[2] With more than 400 food and drink recipes that all use beer as an ingredient, The Ultimate Beer Lover's Cookbook made history in 2008 as the largest beer cookbook ever published. In 2009, the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards named The Ultimate Beer Lover's Cookbook The Best Beer Book in the United States and The Best Beer Book in the World. That same year, The Beer Lover's Cookbook was released as a smaller paperback adaptation of the original, with just over 300 food and drink recipes.

In August 2014, John’s new cookbook The Ultimate Beer Lover’s Happy Hour: Over 325 Recipes for Your Favorite Bar Snacks & Beer Cocktails debuted. It features bar bites – from Sizzling Sriracha Peanuts to Taproom Tacos to Blitzed Bean Soup – and beer cocktails, chuggers, shots, shooters, chasers, punches, floats, and shakes, with nearly 1,000 related pairing suggestions using today’s most popular craft and seasonal beer styles.

Early years[edit]

John was born in St. Marys, a small town in Northwestern Pennsylvania, that was once called the "Carbon Capital of the World." The great-great-grandson of Straub Brewery Founder Peter Straub, he grew up immersed in the beer culture and within walking distance of his family's brewery.[3]

Early Writings[edit]

The first writing John published was a front page feature article in his hometown newspaper, The Daily Press, about his family's 4th of July parade tradition. He chronicled how every July 4 his family celebrates the holiday with a private family parade at their woodland retreat. The tradition was started by his Great Uncle Frank Straub, who served as the family's Uncle Sam, almost fifty years ago.[4][5]

Years later, while continuing to contribute feature articles to Autograph Collector Magazine (now Autograph magazine), in 1998, John became a contributing editor for the magazine and started writing more feature articles as well as a monthly column titled "The Book Collector".[6] He continued to serve as a contributing editor and book critic for the magazine until Fall 2010, writing about some of the world's biggest superstars and pop icons.[7]

During this time, he also wrote a column titled "The Culture Collector" and features pieces about such notable public figures and celebrities as presidential candidates on the campaign trail during the New Hampshire primary, Monica Lewinsky, and artist Peter Max for the now defunct Pop Culture Collecting magazine.[8]

Early career[edit]

During his early career in the 1990s, John served in the Vice Presidential Communications Office at The White House where he worked with Second Lady Tipper Gore as well as having worked in production and scriptwriting for the national radio series Enterprising Women, fundraising for various national and local non-profits, and Country Music PR at FrontPage Publicity in Nashville where he worked with Naomi Judd and other superstars.[9]

In 2003, John joined the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford as an adjunct professor in the Communication and the Arts Department, teaching courses in Public Relations, Communications, and writing. He was also the host of the radio program Campus Crossfire for five seasons. During the 2006/2007 school year, John served as the Visiting Assistant Professor for Broadcast Communications. In 2012, John returned to campus to deliver the Commencement Address.

John has also been a promotional writer for the country’s preeminent literary public relations firm and a leading publisher, where he has written on behalf of Hollywood and literary superstars as well as some of the country’s most respected brand names.[10]


John's first published book in 1996 -- Corresponding With History -- told tales of his brushes with fame, in person and as pen pals, with the likes of Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Bette Midler, John Wayne Bobbitt, and even Mother Teresa -- and marked the beginning of his historic autograph collection that numbers more than 4,000 signed pieces today and has been widely chronicled in Autograph Collector Magazine (now Autograph magazine).[11]

John has written several other books as well, including The Cheesy Vegan (2013), Stand Up!: 75 Young Activists Who Rock the World, And How You Can, Too! (2013), Grilling Vegan Style (2012), The Tipsy Vegan (2011), Harrah's Entertainment Presents...The Seven Stars Cookbook (2010), The Beer Lover's Cookbook (2009), The Ultimate Beer Lover’s Cookbook: More than 400 Recipes That All Use Beer (2008), The Pennsylvania Celebrities Cookbook (2005), Straub Brewery (2005), The Straub Beer Party Drinks Handbook (2004), and The Straub Beer Cookbook (2003).

John’s newest cookbook is The Ultimate Beer Lover’s Happy Hour: Over 325 Recipes for Your Favorite Bar Snacks & Beer Cocktails.

He is currently working on an inspirational memoir, which is due out spring of 2015.

Other Writings[edit]

John's articles and writings have also appeared in the Not Your Mother's Book... series, The Daily Caller, Boys’ Life Magazine,[12] various newspapers, Barbara Delinsky’s Uplift,[13] A Chicken Soup for the Soul Christmas, and Republican's Soul.[14]

Community involvement[edit]

John’s ongoing community-based efforts include co-directing the award-winning TEAM STRAUB (an adjunct fundraising arm of the Straub Brewery, Inc.),[15] serving on the Board of Directors for Citizens Against Physical, Sexual & Emotional Abuse, volunteering with the Humane Society, working as a Red Cross-certified swimming instructor for more than twenty years, and speaking at VegFests and other events across the country, among other activities. In 2013, he delivered his keynote address titled "Embrace Compassion, Change the World" on Capitol Hill at the Congressional Vegetarian Staff Association luncheon.[16]

He has also served as the moderator for the Blood, Guts, & Glory Lecture Series on the media, pop culture, politics, and other topics in 2006,[17] Event/Public Relations Organizer for The Celebrities Gala in 2005,[18] Co-Founder/Organizer of C.A.P.S.E.A., Inc.’s Swim for the Children Fund & related activities, including the annual swim-a-thon and Voice Award from 2000–2003,[19] and Special Events Coordinator at the ASAP Children’s Assistance Fund in Washington, D.C. from 1995–1996.


John graduated Summa Cum Laude from Elk County Christian High School in St. Marys, PA, in 1990. Beginning his college career as a Fashion Design Major at Marymount University in Arlington, VA, in 1990, he switched majors and graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University with a Bachelor's degree in Communications/Public Relations and a minor in Studio Arts.

During the late 1990s, John returned to college at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, earning dual Secondary Education Certifications in English and Speech Communications.

In 2002, John graduated with a Master's in Education from Harvard University.[20]

Home Life[edit]

John currently lives in St. Marys, PA.


The Ultimate Beer Lover's Happy Hour, Sourcebooks/Cumberland House, 2014. The Cheesy Vegan, DaCapo/Lifelong, 2013. Stand Up!: 75 Young Activists Who Rock the World, And How You Can, Too!, Publishing Syndicate, 2013. Grilling Vegan Style, DaCapo/Lifelong, 2012. The Tipsy Vegan, DaCapo/Lifelong, 2011. Harrah's Entertainment Presents...The Seven Stars Cookbook, Chronicle Books, 2010. The Beer Lover's Cookbook, Sourcebooks, Inc./Cumberland House Publishing, 2009. The Ultimate Beer Lover's Cookbook, Cumberland House Publishing, 2008. Straub Brewery, Arcadia Publishing, 2005. The Pennsylvania Celebrities Cookbook, Stohn Books, 2005. The Straub Beer Party Drinks Handbook, Stohn Books, 2004. The Straub Beer Cookbook, Stohn Books, 2003. Corresponding With History: The Art & Benefits of Collecting Autographs, ETC Publications, 1996.


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  2. ^ Autograph magazine, "The Collector Has Become the Collected, June 2008
  3. ^ Arcadia Publishing
  4. ^ “Straub Family Carries On Independence Day Tradition,” The Daily Press, July 3, 1996
  5. ^ “Family Tradition Marches On With Fourth Of July Parade,” Erie Daily Times, July 4, 1997
  6. ^ “Chasing History in New Hampshire 2004: A Collector’s Primary Journal,” Autograph Collector, May 2004. “Signature Thrills on Observatory Hill: Collecting the Modern Vice Presidents, 1977-2004,” Autograph Collector, March 2004. “Kings and Queens of the Hill: Collecting Congressional Autographs,” Autograph Collector, June 2003. “The White House Brat Pack: Collecting the Children of America’s First Families,” Autograph Collector, March 2003. “The White House Sorority: Collecting First and Second Ladies of the United States, 1961-2002,” Autograph Collector, November 2002. “Collecting the Cousins of Camelot: The Third Generation of Kennedys,” Autograph Collector, March 2002. “Amens, Autographs and Alleluias,” Autograph Collector, July 2001 “Off the Designer’s Rack: Fashion’s Designer Originals,” Autograph Collector, June 2001. “There She Is: The Crowning Autographs of Miss America,” (Cover Story) Autograph Collector, October 2000. “Chasing History at the New Hampshire Primary,” Autograph Collector, May 2000. “Communicating History: Corresponding with The White House Press Secretaries,” Autograph Collector, September 1999. “Dear Mr. President, Will You Please Help Me With My Homework?,” Autograph Collector, October 1998.
  7. ^ Autograph magazine
  8. ^ “The Creative World of Peter Max,” (Cover Story) Pop Culture Collecting, January 2001.“Collecting History in New Hampshire,” Pop Culture Collecting, May 2000.
  9. ^ Autographs began with Barbara Bush, Tri-County Sunday,12/29/96.
  10. ^ The Source, University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, April 18, 2008
  11. ^ ETC Publications
  12. ^ “Sign Here, Please,” Boys' Life Magazine, Adapted from Corresponding With History: The Art & Benefits of Collecting Autographs, March 1998.
  13. ^ Uplift by Barbara Delinsky
  14. ^ HCI Books
  15. ^ Straub releases T-shirt to benefit the American Cancer Society, The Bradford Era, 10/16/07
  16. ^
  17. ^ CEC prepares lineup for unique llecture series, The Daily Press, 9/14/06
  18. ^ ERHS to host celebrity gala, The Daily Press, 8/24/05
  19. ^ CAPSEA swim set for July 29, Tri-County Sunday, 7/16/00
  20. ^ Cumberland House Publishing