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Guild Member Profile

Colin Johnston

Craft Sales Manager
  • Full member
  • Sales Manager for Crisp Malt selling malted barley to distillers and brewers up and down the UK
  • Scotland
  • B.Sc Aeronautical Engineering, IBD Diploma in Brewing, IBD Board of Examiners (Brewing), IBD General Certificate in Distilling
  • IBD, SIBA

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

I’m a technical brewer with experience in starting up, running and managing breweries which has stood me in great stead to sell malt to my industry colleagues. I’ve worked in breweries from 1500L brewlength to 100,000L so I’ve seen a lot in 10 years.

What you can offer as a writer/beer lover?

Having spent 10 years working in brewers and lately visiting a whole host of them, I’m fascinated by two loves; science and people. The science of beer is a microcosm of humanities scientific achievement for the past 200 years and the community of brewing is a brilliant representation of microcosm of society generally. These 2 things float my boat and I like to write about them.

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

I’m new to this so…. so for now I’ll say getting to meet like-minded people and share a beer!