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Guild Member Profile

Raymond van der Laan

Freelance beer writer
  • Full member
  • 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.