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Guild Member Profile

Gavin Aitchison

Pub & beer writer and media adviser
  • Full member
  • Yorkshire and Humber
  • NCTJ qualified journalist. Multiple-award winning news, feature and beer writer.
  • NUJ
  • I have particular knowledge of the beer and brewing scene in York and North or East Yorkshire. As well as writing, I am a skilled amateur photographer and social media videographer.

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

I’m a freelance writer based in Yorkshire. Author of more than 400 beer and pub newspaper articles, and have twice won the Guild’s regional beer writer award.

What you can offer as a writer/beer lover?

I’m available for freelance work for publications, or for breweries or publicans looking for one-off press releases and social media campaigns, or longer-term communications advice.

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

I’ve met some fantastic people through the Guild and been introduced to some wonderful writing and beers that I otherwise would have missed.

Pieces of work by Gavin:

  • A message to my favourite neighbour

    This was part of my portfolio when I won the Guild’s regional beer writer award in 2015.

  • The village that wouldn’t give up

    I loved this story of wonderful village tenacity. They were rewarded with the return of their pub, more charming than ever. Lovely photography by an old colleague showed readers what lay in store.

  • A hidden gem deep in the forest

    Finding and extolling beautiful lush was a joy of the job. Few are more enchanting than the Moorcock Inn at Langdale End.

  • A revolution on the way

    I covered many brewery launches. Few have grown as spectacularly as Brass Castle. This story captures their vision and ingenuity.