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Guild Member Profile

Steven Gibbs

  • Full member
  • author
  • beer-historian
  • beer-writer
  • beer-judge
  • North East
  • world-beer-awards-judge
  • bhs
  • camra
  • ["beer","beer-education","brewing","cooking","history-of-beer",

What is the one thing you'd like to tell visitors to the Guild's website?

A homebrewer who became professional when starting The Durham Brewery. Since 1994 I have been brewing champion beers, studying beer history and European beer styles.

What you can offer as a writer/beer lover?

As a brewer I look at beer history from the recipe up. Anecdotes and stories come next. Having developed brewery software and especially recipe making software, I can input ingredients and extrapolate the nature of the beer from an understanding of the materials available at the time alongside contemporary descriptions of the finished article and brewing process.

My beers have gained awards from CAMRA, World Beer Awards, British Bottlers Institute and European Beer Challenge, including CAMRA Real Ale in a Bottle. I also judge at competitions.

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

The Guild offers superb networking possibilities with knowledgeable beer lovers.

Pieces of work by Steven:

  • In-Depth study of Lacock Abbey Brewhouse

    The history of the brewhouse from estate documents and an analysis of the plant with virtual brews.

  • What Beer did Royal Navy Sailors drink in the Eighteenth Century? A Speculative Experiment

    A collaborative attempt to recreate naval beer of the 17th to 18th centuries.

  • Sumerian Beer Recipe

    My interpretation of the Hymn to Ninkasi.

  • In-Depth study of Charlecote Park Brewhouse

    History and analysis of the plant with virtual brews and investigation of the brewing process.