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Guild Member Profile


Sophie Atherton

Freelance Journalist & Accredited Beer Sommelier
  • Journalist, writer, editor, broadcaster, public speaker, PR adviser, consultant.
  • South East
  • BJTC-qualified (Post-grad diploma in Broadcast Journalism)
  • Accredited Beer Sommelier
  • Around 20 years of experience in journalism and PR - all kinds of writing for different audiences; broadcaster (radio & TV); public speaker; consultant.

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Writer and journalist Sophie Atherton used her decades of beer-drinking and pub-going experience to become the first woman in the UK to be accredited as a beer sommelier.

Her work appears regularly in the UK national press and various magazines such as the Campaign for Real Ale’s BEER and trade publication The Morning Advertiser.

She is an accomplished beer judge in both the UK and USA, at competitions including the World Beer Cup, International Beer Challenge, SIBA National Beer Competition and CAMRA’s Champion Beer of Britain.

She also writes on a variety of other subjects, as well as being a consultant and PR adviser (with clients throughout the beer and pub industry and beyond), public speaker and broadcaster.