Guild Member Profile
- South West
- World Beer Awards judge
- International beer judge
- Brewery History Society (BHS)
What is the one thing you'd like to tell visitors to the Guild's website?
Beer Writer of the Year 2017.
Freelance journalist whose work appears in the Daily Telegraph, All About Beer, Beer, Original Gravity (of which he is also editor), Sunday Times Travel Magazine, Imbibe, Inapub and Brewing & Beverage Industries Business amongst many others. Been writing books since 2002 including West Country Ales, Great British Pubs, Britain’s Beer Revolution (co-written with Roger Protz), the beer anthology Beer, In So Many Words and his new book, The Seven Moods of Craft Beer in which he asserts that beers have their mood that can match the drinker’s; general editor of both editions (so far) of 1001 Beers To Try Before You Die and contributor to The Oxford Companion to Beer, World Beer, 1001 Restaurants You Must Experience Before You Die and an upcoming Slow Food guide to beer. Chair of Judges at the World Beer Awards and also on the jury at the IWSC Beer Awards, the Brussels (and Dutch) Beer Challenge, Birra Dell’Anno and Copa Latinoamericana de Cervezas Artesanales in Peru. Expert taster and talker on the world of beer (gobby in other words), especially when it comes to the punk history of beer. Winner of the 2007 Budweiser Budvar John White Travel Bursary and silver award winner in the Guild’s Award for National Journalism 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2015; gold award winner in 2011; silver award winner for Social Media and Travel in 2013; also a silver for food writing in 2016. A couple of travel awards in the bag as well.
What do you like most about being a Guild of Beer Writers member?
Like minded conviviality, plenty of good beer, conversation and sociability.