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Guild Member Profile

Matthew Curtis

Freelance Writer & Photographer. Founder & Editor — Pellicle Magazine.
  • Full member
  • Writing, Photography, Podcasting/Broadcast
  • North West
  • BSc (Hons) Media Production with Music Technology (First Class Award)
  • North American Guild of Beer Writers, CAMRA
  • cider
  • photography
  • brewing
  • beer-styles
  • coffee
  • Photography
  • Social Media
  • Events
  • Marketing
  • Beer

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?

Based in Manchester, England, Matthew writes about food and drink, specialising in beer, brewing, pubs and hospitality. He is the author of both Modern British Beer (CAMRA Books, 2021) and An Opinionated Guide to London Pubs (Hoxton Mini Press, 2021).

In 2019 he co-founded online drinks magazine and podcast Pellicle with his friend Jonny Hamilton. Recent bylines include Ferment, BEER, Good Beer Hunting, Hop & Barley, Pipette and Vittles.

Matthew also works as a specialist photographer within the beer and pub sector, with clients including The Five Points Brewing Company, St. Austell Brewery, RedWillow Brewery, 2EM Services and Grace Land. His recent work can be viewed on the Portfolio page.

His semi-regular podcast, The Pellicle Podcast, can be found on all good streaming services including Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

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

The awards and dinner is a highlight, as is the chance to meet fellow guild members. The training and mentorship the guild offers is also of an incredibly high standard.

Pieces of work by Matthew:

  • Everything in its Right Place — The Brewery of St. Mars of the Desert, Sheffield

    E Ipsum Verum.

    Hand-painted in white, these words hang on the sky blue walls that house the production side of The Brewery of St. Mars of the Desert in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. Directly below them a long, slender, stainless steel vessel—referred to in this brewery as a koelschip (pronounced: coolship)—is collecting hot, sticky brown wort from today’s brew. After a few weeks of fermentation and conditioning, it’ll become a Belgian-style saison called Fieldmouse’s Farewell….

  • The Kids are Alright

    I remember my first legal beer like it was yesterday. It was a pint of Fosters, bought for me by my Dad at the Bottle & Glass, in the village of Scothern, Lincolnshire, right on the stroke of noon as the pub had opened. I was so excited to get a pint of beer in my hands I didn’t care what it was, I was just desperate to be an adult, and to do grown up things. Going to the pub, and drinking pints, the most important among them…

  • Where the Wild Things Are — The Joy of Harvey’s Sussex Best

    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…

  • Could BrewDog’s Cancellation Trigger a Reckoning Across the Craft Beer Industry?

    At 9:29pm on Wednesday 9 June, Punks with Purpose tweeted for the first time to a mere 50 followers. Attached was an open letter to BrewDog, the multinational brewery and bar chain established in 2007 by school friends James Watt and Martin Dickie, and headquartered in Ellon, Aberdeenshire.

    The letter’s 139 signatories – all current or former BrewDog employees – accuses the business and in particular its CEO, Watt (Dickie’s title is co-founder, but remains heavily involved with the business’s operations) of having created a “rotten culture” built on a “cult of personality”; of treating workers “like objects” in its pursuit of rapid growth; and of “gaslighting” mistreated workers by making false claims about the business both internally and externally…