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Guild Member Profile

Breandán Kearney

Beer Writer and Brewer
  • journalist
  • beer writer
  • brewer
  • Belgium
  • Algemene Bierkenner (CVO Panta Rhei, Gent)
  • Labo-fermentatie (CVO Panta Rhei, Gent)
  • Zythos (Belgium)
  • Beoir (Ireland)
  • European Beer Consumers Union
  • Guild of Beer Sommeliers
  • Belgian Brewers
  • Food matching
  • Photography
  • Film making
  • Travel and tourism
  • Brewing
  • Beer styles
  • Beer travel
  • Belgium
  • Home Brewer
  • Off-trade

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

Breandán was named Beer Writer of the Year 2015 by the British Guild of Beer Writers.

He was also named Best Young Beer Writer 2015 and Best Beer and Food Writer 2015.

Breandán chaired the judging panel for the British Guild of Beer Writers awards in 2016.

He is a Certified Cicerone® and an accredited beer sommelier through the UK Institute of Brewing & Distilling as well as a certified ‘algemene bierkenner’ from CVO Panta Rhei in Ghent. He has studied brewing (theory and lab) in Ghent.

Breandán judges at the World Beer Awards and apart from regular blogging on Belgian Smaak, writes on the subject of Belgian beer for a range of publications, including Belgian Beer and Food magazine, Good Beer Hunting, Brew Your Own, Beoir and Belgian Smaak.

A member of Beoir and Zythos (BLES), he has previously worked as a university coordinator and as a qualified lawyer.

Breandán is Co-Founder and Brewer at Siphon Brewing, a Belgian microbrewery on the grounds of a four-generation-old family restaurant in Damme.

What you can offer as a writer/beer lover?

Breandán specialises in Belgian beer and Belgian beer culture.

He writes about Belgian beer and Belgian beer culture for a range of audiences, within Belgium and internationally (UK & Ireland, USA & Canada, Scandanavia etc), both for on-trade, beer consumers and general audiences.

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

Breandán avails of the Guild’s networking opportunities and resources for publication.