He wrote the first articles in the Washington Post in 1985 about microbrewing and attempted to sell a manuscript for a book about the emerging industry to major publishers.
When New York publishers turned the project down, Erickson formed RedBrick Press in Reston, VA and published the first book on microbreweries in 1987, "Star Spangled Beer: A Guide to America's New Microbreweries and Brewpubs."
The book received major coverage by the national media and throughout the industry as the definitive history of the founding of microbrewing . It was featured in The Washington Post, Boston Globe, Baltimore Sun, Pittsburgh Press, USA Today, San Francisco Chronicle, Denver Post and other national magazines and newspapers.
Erickson has written five books on craft brewing and is considered a national authority on the subject. Every year he visits some 200 breweries for research and to interview business leaders in the industry. Erickson is a frequent speaker, lecturer, and consultant on craft brewing and is often sought for interviews by the national TV, radio, and print media. He is the co-founder and co-director of the Craft Brewing Institute at Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, CA. In addtition to writing and publishing the monthly business newsletter, The Erickson Report, he is writing his next book scheduled for publication in 1997.