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Guild Member Profile

Gawain Cox

Brewery Co-Founder & Director
  • Full member
  • Brewer, Consultant and Technical Specialist
  • London
  • Certified Beer Server (Cicerone), Brewing Diploma
  • Brewing Science, Brewery Consultancy, Beer Judge, Digital Communications, Technical Consultancy, Non-Exec, Governance, Project & Change Management

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

I’m a technical brewery specialist and founder of Pinnora Brewing in NW London. With over 25 years experience in digital management; including software & web development, project management, Agile & PRINCE2 methodology specialism and board level roles, I transitioned into the Brewing world in 2015 and have never been happier. Currently Vice Chair of London Brewers’ Alliance and a passionate advocate of modern craft beer styles and techniques.

What you can offer as a writer/beer lover?

I am a passionate advocate of modern craft beer styles and techniques and have honed my skills along the East Coast of America. I genuinely believe the UK craft scene is still several years behind the US and am excited to try and embody some of the finest elements of the brewing scene from across the Atlantic back here in the UK.

I am also a firm supporter of brewery education programmes and have worked closely with HIT Training & Nottingham University to promote their apprenticeship course. I have also been invited to join their voluntary panel to help shape the future of the course.

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

As a new member, I’m excited to meet with like-minded Guild members and look forward to the opportunity to attend the social events and training sessions provided.

Pieces of work by Gawain:

  • A brief history of the London Brewers' Alliance

    Celebrating their 11th anniversary earlier this year, the London Brewers’ Alliance (LBA) has gone from strength to strength during its relatively short history.

    London has, of course, had a long and rich historical association with beer and brewing, with many claiming it was the brewing capital of the world during the 1700s. At that time, the beer of choice was porter and London’s unique water profile lent itself perfectly to this dark and smoky style, reflecting the very essence of 18th century London.

    During the mid 1700s, nationwide brewery numbers had peaked, with over 49,000 in operation. At this point, London was home to breweries such as Whitbread (then the world’s largest brewery) and Courage. They would later be joined by Young’s, Watneys and Fuller’s.