Seasonal beer matching advice for Fuller’s Tenants Extra licensee magazine
Guild Member Profile
- Communications/PR (Agency)
- Communications/PR (Inhouse)
- Beer Sommelier
- Beer Academy How to Judge Beer
- Beer judging experience eg CAMRA/SIBA competitions
- Beer Academy Beer Sommelier
- Beer tasting training
- International Beer Challenge Judge
- Guild of Beer Sommeliers
What is the one thing you'd like to tell visitors to the Guild's website?
I’m a journalist and PR professional with 30 years experience, and I enjoy a pint. That’s two things.
What you can offer as a writer/beer lover?
I’m a freelance food and drink journalist, accredited Beer Sommelier, and co-director of hospitality industry PR consultancy ShielPorter Communications, providing PR and marketing services to a range of clients. I contribute feature and comment articles to a range of B2B and consumer titles, and I am the former Food Editor of The Publican and Features Editor of Retail Week. I have experience in food, drink, pub, restaurant and retail journalism across trade, consumer, broadcast and online media. As a Beer Sommelier, I have hosted beer tastings and beer & food matching events for corporate and consumer events, in venues ranging form local pubs to the Playboy Club. My judging experience includes The Publican Awards, The Publican Food & Drink Awards, CAMRA Champion Beer of Britain, CAMRA Champion Cider & Perry of Britain, Society of Independent Brewers Awards, Tesco Drinks Awards and Honey Beer award at The National Honey Show.
What do you like most about being a Guild of Beer Writers member?
I enjoy the opportunity to network with colleagues and fellow professionals from across the industry.
Pieces of work by John:
Comment article for Carlsberg UK Crafted magazine
Q&A with the founder of the award winning Seafood Pub Company for The Caterer
Profile of brewer and pub operator Joules Brewery for Propel Quarterly