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Guild Member Profile


Martin Oates

  • blogger
  • podcaster
  • South East
  • Sport
  • Historical interest
  • Beer styles
  • Beer travel
  • Belgium
  • Drink tourism
  • Beer and health
  • Transport
  • Cheese

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

Look beyond the obvious, look for the new and unknown, just like you do with your beers.

What you can offer as a writer/beer lover?

Martin Oates is a beer blogger who tends to write about pubs, breweries, places and events as much as the actual beers themselves. His fascination with beer began at an early age as he grew up above an off licence, when he started working at Barclays in Ipswich he was led astray, in the direction of the Ipswich Beer Festival, since then he has been to many beer festivals, both in the UK and further afield. Working in the City of London for the last 20+ years has meant he has seen first-hand how the beer scene has grown in what used to be the brewing capital of the world, this provides much of the material for his blog postings. The flipside of working in the city is the contrast it provides between place of work and home, which is Colchester in Essex, outside of the “bubble”. Looking to continue to expand his knowledge and experiences, sharing them as he goes along his beery journey.

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

The opportunity to learn from the best in the business and the regular news updates.

Pieces of work by Martin:

  • Beerz


    Beerz, in Cherbourg has only been open a month, but you’d never know it. The owner, Christele Zamprogno has created a wonderful welcoming celebration of world beers.

    Michelle spotted this oasis to beer (I was single-mindedly marching us towards a brewpub I had spotted earlier when we had a mid morning coffee).

    (Trying to discover my inner coffee self)
    However, once inside Beerz, any thought of coffee soon disappeared, well sort of……

    Black Ale India Stout at 8% was the standout beer (we tried a few between us), from La Debauche. Light in taste, and texture, but dark of colour. Easy drinking stout (4.25/5). Michelle absolutely loved this one, so much so we bought two home.

    Feeling a bit peckish, we decided that cheese and bread would be a very good idea (meat was also available).

    There was a small tap list and a range of beers available to drink in store, and as you can see a vast range of beers to buy to take away.

    Neatly arranged by style, there were also some local ciders available, I tried a nice light 4% one from Normandy. However, all good things must come to an end (we easily spent three hours in there, during which time a steady stream of beer enthusiasts came and went).

    So, we bid farewell to Christele and wished her all the best for the future. If you are in the Cherbourg area in the future, pop in, you certainly won’t regret it.

    Beerz website is under construction ( and currently there is no Twitter account, but, you can look up the shop on Facebook and Instagram.