We had the good fortune of connecting with Walker Hilton and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Walker, Let’s talk about principles and values – what matters to you most?
One of the core values that I hold is to find ways to be helpful and add value to situations. While we should have a foundation of being ethical and honest, it is important to find ways to help others out. Small things as simple as showing appreciation for others work goes a long way. If you can spend more time in your brain and with your voice finding ways to help others and being supportive you can find happiness in your small wins as well.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I would be apprehensive about what I do as artistic or creative, but what I love to do is highlight the really great beer scene in DFW. We have funky alcohol laws here, so it you only saw what was at the grocery store you would miss out on a lot of creative and original activity taking place across the area.

I wouldn’t necessarily call it easy since it takes a great deal of time to balance with a professional life. I try to include breweries from all over the area, so it takes calling in favors from friends who live in different parts of town to grab new releases. Another challenge I had was finding my voice, I was very reluctant at to attach my name and face to any of this in fear it would hurt me professionally. Once I embraced just being myself on this, I found making connections to me much easier with others.

If there was something I’d want people to know about my page is that I purposefully keep things positive. If I don’t like something I have tried, I just don’t need to post it. I hate the idea of trashing someone’s work in an online space. Also, someone put time and energy into it and by no means am I the expert. Embracing the fun and interesting things is a better use of time for everyone.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If I have friends visiting the area, I want to show them the diverse experiences you can have in Dallas and Fort Worth. Both cities have such different downtowns that you can give them a two for one vacation experience.

I am a big fan of walkable areas so here is where I would take people in Dallas.
-Dallas Museum of Art, Klyde Warren, The Perot, and then walk around downtown towards the eyeball. For beers, I would take them to Peticolas Brewing and Celestial Beerworks for two diverse experiences that are less than 10 minutes apart.

-Another Dallas day would be to hit up the Dallas Arboretum and then dinner at Vector Brewing.

For a Fort Worth day there are some real fun areas to stop by. As touristy as it is, people love the Stockyards, and the trip should also be about your friend having fun. For a more local stop, I would take them to the Southside which has Funky Picnic, HopFusion, Bearded Lady, and Nickle City all within 3 blocks of each other.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would say that the most appropriate shoutout would be to the incredibly nice people in the DFW beer scene. When I first moved to Texas, I knew nothing about the DFW area but after awkwardly trying to navigate the area to meet people I consistently ran into people who were very proud of what the area had and its amazing potential. Discovering new hobbies can be tough but getting so many suggestions along the way really helped turn the area into a home and make this hobby fun.

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