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Guild Member Profile


Ben Richards

Beer Sommelier
  • Full member
  • South West
  • Accredited Beer Sommelier
  • gbs
  • I am also a qualified UX professional, experienced in researching and understanding the needs of users and customers.

What is the one thing you'd like to tell visitors to the Guild's website?

An accredited Beer Sommelier with over 5 years experience exploring beer and sharing my stories with others.

What you can offer as a writer/beer lover?

I’m passionate about taking on challenges that allow me to tell the stories behind the brewing industry. As well as hosting a range of tasting events I write for print and digital publications, present my own podcast and communicate about my projects and beer in general on TV and radio.

What do you like most about being a Guild of Beer Writers member?

Being part of a group of like-minded individuals who share a passion for communicating everything that’s great about beer.

Pieces of work by Ben:

  • Growing Beer

    Throughout 2017 I tried to find out if it is possible to grow, collect and process all of the ingredients needed to make a beer and you can follow my journey.

    I wrote, photographed and documented all of it, culminating in a 10 week podcast that began in September. There were a fair number of challenges to overcome and I needed some help from friends old and new, but it was a lot of fun – you can see how I got on from the Growing Beer podcast.