In Lewes they refer to the 19th-century tower that forms the tallest part of Harvey’s Brewery as The Cathedral. And if you stand on the bridge spanning the River Ouse in the centre of this Sussex town—nestled among the verdant South Downs—you might be lucky enough to catch the scent of sweet barley malt, as brewers mash in a brew of what will more-than-likely be a fresh batch of Harvey’s Sussex Best…
Guild Member Profile
- Full member
- Writing, Photography, Consultancy, Podcasting/Broadcast
- North West
- BSc (Hons) Media Production with Music Technology (First Class Award)
- North American Guild of Beer Writers, CAMRA
What is the one thing you'd like to tell visitors to the Guild's website?
The Guild website is a fantastic resource for members and commissioning editors alike. With news, details of our annual dinner & awards, events and more.
What you can offer as a writer/beer lover?
Matthew established himself as a beer writer after he launched his blog, Total Ales in 2012. From this platform he would go into beer writing full time in 2016, after becoming UK Editor for US publication Good Beer Hunting and a regular contributor for Beer 52’s Ferment Magazine. After parting ways with Good Beer Hunting in late 2018, the following year he would go on to co-found Pellicle Magazine with brewer Jonny Hamilton, a new website, podcast and magazine devoted to finding the joy in beer, wine, and cider, along with the food and travel that accompany these experiences.
He has contributed to a wide range of publications including The Morning Advertiser, The Brewers Journal, The OnTrade Preview, Original Gravity, BEER and Belgian Beer & Food. In 2014 he co authored The 100 Best Breweries in the World for Future Publishing and in both 2015 and 2018 he picked up the silver award for best online beer communicator at the annual Guild awards. He is based in Manchester, UK, with his partner Dianne and cat Cricket.
What do you like most about being a Guild of Beer Writers member?
Networking and industry contacts, the awards and dinner and Guild training seminars.
Pieces of work by Matthew:
Sussex County forms part of the space that fills the gap between London’s sprawling urbanity, and where the English Channel crashes against mainland Britain’s southernmost edge. Amidst its cities like Brighton, and quaint historic towns such as Lewes, lies the rolling South Downs National Park. What the South Downs may lack in extremity—like, say, Yosemite, or the Rocky Mountains—it makes up for with gorgeous, gentle vistas across the Southern English countryside. It’s a perfect space to walk for hours before eventually finding a public house in which to rest weary legs and restore oneself with a couple pints of local ale…
You wouldn’t think that a small piece of plastic could completely divide opinion between a nation’s beer lovers. You’d be wrong. A sparkler is a small plastic nozzle that attaches to the end of the swan-neck spout on the hand-operated pump that pulls beer from a cask. It nebulizes the naturally occurring CO2 in the beer, aerating the liquid as it’s squeezed through the holes in the nozzle. This produces smaller bubbles and, when poured correctly with the swan neck in the very bottom of the glass as the beer is pulled, will produce a frothy head of tight, creamy foam…
It’s 8pm in Philadelphia and the World Beer Cup awards ceremony is bringing the 2016 Craft Brewers Conference to a close. It’s also 1am in Leeds, a bustling city at the heart of Yorkshire in the north of England, and that’s where Northern Monk Brew Co’s head brewer Brian Dickson’s phone begins to vibrate…