Hi - I'm Skylar, a writer, photographer, and obsessive one-bag traveler. My work is primarily supported by kind people like you. If you find it of any value, please join the fray and become a member of The Cellar.

If you have questions or just want to say hi, email me at skylar@thedailygrog.com - I'll do my best to respond.

Some Details

What I'm drinking: a negroni - but ask me tomorrow.

What I'm cooking: probably shakshuka - I make it better than you, come at me.

What I'm watching: the NBA playoffs

What I'm reading: Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent

The Origin Story

My first trip abroad ever came in 2017. I had just finished paying off my student loans and had been waiting for a few years to treat myself. I got a very cheap, $230, round-trip flight to Belgrade, Serbia. I had NO idea what was in Serbia, only vaguely aware of where it was on a map. But it was somewhere foreign, somewhere different. And that's what mattered to me at the time.

That trip changed me. There are so many memories from that trip that I can still, and probably always will, see so vividly in my mind. Perhaps more than any was a small, unsuspecting basement bar tucked away in downtown Belgrade called Rakia Bar. They served, well, rakia - a Serbian/Balkan brandy made from different types of fruit. It was delicious, I had never had anything like it before. The bartender, who was about as curious in my curiosity as I was, explained the different types of fruits and poured a little of each into small glasses for me to try.

From that moment on, something started percolating in the back of my mind.

Then, a few years later, some friends and I took a tour of the Jameson Distillery on a trip to Dublin. Our tour guide told us a story about how back in the day, workers used to get a ration of whiskey after their shift, dubbed “the daily grog.”

That was it - The Daily Grog was born.

Published Work

Want Cheap Oysters? Head to the Beach.
A step-by-step guide for harvesting your own oysters in Washington State.
Re-Defining Grain to Glass in the San Juan Islands | Sip Magazine
So what does one do when you buy a 130+ acre farm? Create something special that will leave a legacy - Amaro Farm and Flat Hat Distillery.


In November of 2023, I started The Morning Tipple, a pop-up newsletter that investigated why so many pubs are closing in England. Over the course of two weeks, I went to 32 pubs and interviewed 8 publicans and brewers.

Social Media

A word on platforms - let me be clear, I HATE just about every form of social media. Seriously. But I do begrudgingly use them on occasion:

Business Stuff

Once upon a time, I built data products for universities to better manage their data and analytics infrastructure on campus. If that's your sort of thing, find me here.


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SR ✌️