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Guild Member Profile

Laura Hadland

Food & Drink Writer
  • Full member
  • food & drink writer
  • champion of pubs & breweries
  • Midlands
  • Camra
  • heritage & living history

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

Having spent 2020 dedicated to research and interviews I am pleased that my book ’50 Years of CAMRA’, the official biography of the Campaign for Real Ale, will be published in March 2021.


I run a creative agency called Thirst Media which champions small businesses including pubs and breweries.

What you can offer as a writer/beer lover?

I love beer because of the people it brings me into contact with passionate brewers, dedicated landlords, and enthusiastic regulars. I want to act as a champion for the small businesses that make our beer industry so wonderful. I despair when we are told that Britain has no food culture, because our heritage in beer is unsurpassed. I can offer an evocative insight into flavours, innovation and fantastic stories.

Pieces of work by Laura:

  • 50 Years of CAMRA

    The Campaign for Real Ale is pleased to announce the publication of 50 years of CAMRA,  celebrating the first 50 years of the campaign. Written by beer writer Laura Hadland, the book is full of first hand accounts from members and volunteers and details some of the highs and lows of a campaigning organisation that has been championing consumers, pubs and breweries for half a century.

  • Antidote to the Modern Age — Brewsters Brewery in Grantham, Lincolnshire

    “It seemed like an antidote to the ugliness of the modern age.”

       – Stephen Smith, Sex and Sensibility: The Allure of Art Nouveau

    The Art Nouveau art movement constructed a completely new aesthetic. Brewster’s Brewery, led by founder Sara Barton, has also gone its own way to evolve a unique style. It crafts precise incarnations of traditional English ales, imprinted with a memorable Art Nouveau inspired brand. They specialise in hop-forward beers, but Sara exhibits virtuosity across a full spectrum of beer styles.

  • Campaigning, Camaraderie & Conservation

    Pubs, pints and most of all people have contributed much
    to CAMRA’s first 50 years, writes Laura Hadland

  • Floating on a rising tide

    Charnwood Cider’s triumph over adversity