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Guild Member Profile

Martyn Cornell

  • Full member
  • Journalist
  • Blogger
  • Consultant
  • Event speaking
  • writer
  • East Anglia
  • mba
  • How To Judge Beer
  • Beer Judging Experience
  • Camra
  • BHS
  • PHS
  • History of Beer
  • Beer Styles
  • Beer Travel
  • managingalcohol relatedhealthproblems
  • Beer Education

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

Award-winning and widely published historian of beer, brewing and beer styles, consultant, speaker and educator.

What you can offer as a writer/beer lover?

Martyn Cornell is an internationally recognised expert on beer history, speaking at conferences in Denmark, the Netherlands, the UK, Brazil and the United States. His work has been translated into half a dozen languages, from Danish to Portuguese, and he has written about beer for more than 30 publications as varied as the Guardian, theĀ  South China Morning Post in Hong Kong, c/o Hops in Sweden, What’s Brewing, Country Life, the Master Brewers of America Technical Quarterly, Beer Advocate and Brewers’ Guardian. He has worked with brewers in the UK and abroad on projects involving beer history, and with the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy, and appeared on radio and television talking about beer. He is an IBD-certified beer judge, judging at competitions in the UK and abroad. His books include Beer: The Story of the Pint (2003), Amber Gold and Black, a history of beer styles (2010) and Strange Tales of Ale (2015). He is an eight-times winner in the BGBW awards.

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

The guild gives those who love communicating about beer as well as drinking it the chance to meet those who love brewing beer and those who love selling beer, to everybody’s mutual pleasure and benefit.

Pieces of work by Martyn:

  • Craft beer: Clouds on the horizon

    An article for Drinks Business from April 2017 on the threat poor beer quality poses to the craft beer market

  • Travelling Connoisseur: Mallorca

    Craft beer in Mallorca, Beer Connoisseur magazine Winter 2016

  • Kveik: the Ancient and Modern Way to Brew

    A look at the Norwegian farmhouse yeast known as kveik and its growing popularity among craft and home brewers, from Craft Beer and Brewing magazine in 2019

  • The Legendary Mercer's Meat Stout Returns After 75 Years

    Post from the Zythophile blog in 2019 about probably the weirdest beer ever brewed by a mainstream brewer