Guild Member Profile
Raymond van der Laan
- Writing articles for newspapers and magazines, writing books, blogging, judging, speaking, presenting, participating in expert panels.
- The Netherlands
- PINT (Netherlands)
What is the one thing you'd like to tell visitors to the Guild's website?
Since 2014 I have been writing about beer in Saturday’s supplement magazine of de Volkskrant, a Dutch national newspaper. My first book Dit is een boek over bier (“this is a book about beer”) was published in May 2017. Among various other writing activities, I contribute to the yearly beer magazine (Hop!) of Albert Heijn, the largest Dutch national supermarket chain.
Next to writing, I take part in various beer judging panels, including Dutch Beer Challenge.
What you can offer as a writer/beer lover?
Through writing and speaking, I want to raise people’s interest in beer variety. Although this variety is abundant, there is still a very large group of beer drinkers who are not enjoying this. By informing people and making them enthusiastic, I hope to bring the joys of beer variety to this group. I operate fully independently.
What do you like most about being a Guild of Beer Writers member?
The world of beer is a very social world. I hope to meet new people, get inspired, learn, and have lots of fun along the way.