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Guild Member Profile


Gary Gillman

Independent Researcher, Blogger, Writer
  • Full member
  • As above
  • Canada
  • I am nota professional journalist but have had the odd beer piece published in recent years in the Canadian press
  • Decades of independent study; also working for three years with Amsterdam Brewery in Toronto on formulation and release of a pale ale from an 1870 recipe
  • North American Guild of Beer Writers, Culinary Historians of Canada, Brewery History Society, Canadian Brewerianist

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

I specialize in beer (also food) history. I am known in the international community of beer historians for my writing, to date on my voluminous blog and in journals. I have made dozens of original finds. I am also known for my recreation of an 1870 English pale ale with a Toronto-based brewery. These areas, and beer judging, are a particular focus of mine.

What you can offer as a writer/beer lover?

Expertise and commitment with a unique blend of specialist knowledge but also humour.

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

The chance to interact with others in a way, hopefully, that social media doesn’t afford me.

Pieces of work by Gary:

  • The Yank Beer of Casablanca … of Napoli ….

    U.S. Army Beer 1944-45

    Allan J. Barney (1913-1995) was an American brewer and business executive. He worked as a chemist for Anheuser-Busch in St. Louis from 1938 until 1942. U.S. Army service followed, including in Europe. In 1946 he re-joined Anheuser-Busch, and later worked for a brewery in Dallas as its master brewer.