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2020 Award Winners

The Guild of Beer Writers Awards are the only competition to recognise and reward writing and broader communication about beer and pubs in the UK. We are proud of our award scheme and take it seriously, with a rigorous judging process, a generous prize fund thanks to our sponsors and an awards presentation and dinner in December that has become one of the industry’s top ‘must attend’ events.

The 2020 Annual Awards attracted close to 150 entries across nine categories including books, newspaper articles, blogs, and radio broadcasts.  This year’s competition also included two new categories: Best Writing about No and Low Alcohol Beers, sponsored by Budweiser Brewing Group UK & Ireland and Best Beer & Pub Communications during Lockdown, sponsored by Shepherd Neame.

Given the inability to hold an in-person awards presentation and dinner this year, the winners were announced during a Zoom event attended by most of the finalists, judges, sponsors and other Guild members. View the awards presentation here.

Find a full list of our 2020 Award Winners by category below, along with a link to a sample of their award-winning work.

Winners of the Guild Awards 2020
Winners of the Guild Awards 2020

2020 Award Winners

The Michael Jackson Gold Award for Beer Writer of the Year 2020


Greene King Award for Best Beer Writer, Print Publications


Heineken Award for Best Beer Communicator, Online


Asahi Award for Best Beer and Travel Writer


Carlsberg Marston’s Brewing Company Award for Best Writing about Sustainability in Beer and Pubs


Budweiser Brewing Group Award for Best Writing about No and Low Alcohol Beers


Visit Flanders Award for Best Beer Broadcaster


Shepherd Neame Award for Best Communication about Beer and Pubs during Lockdown


Harvey’s Tom Paine Award for Best Citizen Beer Communicator


Guild Award for Best Beer Writer, Corporate Communications


SIBA Award for Brewer of the Year


More on our 2020 Annual Awards and our sponsors here.