Long hours, low wages and poor job security can make working in beer a stressful profession. James Beeson investigates the state of mental health in the industry. Published for Ferment Magazine in March 2019
Guild Member Profile
- Full member
- Freelance Beer writer
- South East
- MA Journalism, Shorthand, Adobe Creative Packages
- Beer & Cider Academy (Advanced Course in Beer), Self taught - five years industry experience
What is the one thing you'd like to tell visitors to the Guild's website?
Award-winning beer writer and freelance journalist, offering digital communications expertise, PR, photography services and more for the food and drink industry.
What you can offer as a writer/beer lover?
With over five years experience working in the sector, including two years as a reporter for a national trade title, I have both the knowledge and skill set to aide businesses seeking to improve their external communications and brand image.
I have written about beer for a number of publications including The Morning Advertiser, Ferment Magazine, The Brewers Journal, The i newspaper, Belgian Beer & Food magazine and The Full Pint, and have won two British Guild of Beer Writers’ awards for my work, including Best Young Beer Writer in 2017. I have also hosted numerous tutored tasting events and beer and food matching dinners.
I offer a wide range of services including but not limited to: copywriting, photography, PR, events planning and promotion, social media strategy and consultancy. My client list includes: The Beer & Cider Academy, Honest Brew, The Beer Boutique, Stannary Brewing Co, The Royal Oak, Exeter University Real Ale Society and 16 Tun.
To see examples of my writing and photography please visit my website Beeson on Beer. If you would like to hire – or work with – me, please send me an email on firstname.lastname@example.org.
What do you like most about being a Guild of Beer Writers member?
The Guild has been a huge part of my journey to becoming a fully-fledged beer writer and journalist. The training I have received and the contacts I have made through the Guild and its network of members, have enabled me to turn a hobby into a full time profession. I firmly believe The Guild provides an excellent service to its members, many of whom I have come to call not just industry contacts, but also good friends.
Pieces of work by James:
Every so often a beer comes along that stands out from the rest; a beer that clears a pathway for others to follow. Without these iconic products, beer as we know it would be a very different proposition. Published by The Morning Advertiser in January 2019
A travel feature for Beeson on Beer, in which James explores the rural beer scene of Catalonia, learning how its brewers have embraced the arts of barrel ageing and mixed fermentation.
Burning Sky has become something of a byword for quality when it comes to mixed fermentation, wood aged saisons. But there is also so much more to the Sussex brewery than those excellent beers. James Beeson sits down with Burning Sky owner Mark Tranter recently to discuss some of its very exciting plans. Published by The Brewers Journal in January 2017.