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Guild Member Profile

Stuart Forster

Features writer and photographer
  • Full member
  • writing features
  • blog posts and supplying photographs.
  • North East
  • national-union-of-journalists
  • beer-travel
  • photography
  • travel-tourism
  • I speak fluent german

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

Feel free to get in touch with me if you’re a commissioning editor looking for features. If you represent a company and are looking for a copywriter to produce polished copy give me a call or send me an email.

I’m based in North East England. Five generations of my family worked, at some point in their lives, for the Sunderland-based Vaux Brewery prior to its closure in 1997.

I’ve written a monthly column on beers from Belgium and the Netherlands. I have been named Journalist of the Year at the Holland Press Awards three times.

I have lived in Munich, Germany, and am familiar with several breweries in that country.

You can get in touch with me by calling +44 (0) 7947 587136. Check out recent examples of my work on my personal blog,

What you can offer as a writer/beer lover?

I have experience of delivering polished copy for editorial and corporate use and welcome contact by editors, PRs and breweries.

I am passionate about beer. I love trying beers that are new to me, both on the professional and private levels. I enjoy visiting pubs and breweries in and around Newcastle.

I often bring some aspect of beer into my travel writing.

As an experienced interviewer I enjoy getting brewers and people employed in the brewing industry to tell their stories.

I’ve trained as a photographer and feel confident working on location during shoots. You can see examples of my photography on

Pieces of work by Stuart:

  • Examples of beer-related work by Stuart Forster

    You can read examples of a handful of my beer-related work by clicking on the links, highlighted in bold:

    An overview of the craft beer scene in Calgary, Alberta. Published by Great British Chefs, the feature examines why Calgary has such a vibrant craft beer scene and includes insights from several people involved in the brewing industry in Alberta.

    Here’s an overview of the Toer de Geuze in the Pajottenland district near Brussels, Belgium. The event is held once every two years and sees breweries in the region open their doors to members of the public.

    This story is about the Bavarian Reinheitsgebot (Beer Purity Law) of 1516, which has subsequently been adapted and is applied across Germany. It dictates which ingredients may be used in brewing beer.

    Here is the story of Seef beer, a style of Belgian ale made with buckwheat. It was popular in and around Antwerp prior to the outbreak of World War One. Brewer Johan Van Dyck tells the story of the beer style and how he tracked down a historic recipe to recreate the it.

    If you’d like to see more, please feel free to contact me by calling 07947 587136.

    I’m based in the North East of England. If your business is based in the region and you’d like to get in touch to discuss your brewery or your products then by all means give me a call.