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Guild Member Profile

Zoë Andrews

Retail Manager by day, writer by night
  • Full member
  • Retail Management
  • South East

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

Kindly referred to as a ‘renaissance woman’ by my better half, I’m into far too many things, really: beer, photography, music and popular culture, architecture and transport to name a few.

I’m the editor of Reading and Mid-Berkshire CAMRA’s Mine’s A Pint magazine. I’m passionate about bringing people into beer, creating a space for diversity and inclusion.  I’ve also been on a journey with alcohol-free beer since 2017: I was a judge for the 2020 AF Beer Club Awards and I hosted online interviews with Mikkeller (among others) for the 2021 AF Beer Club Festival. I write about all manner of things as a hobby, but beer is increasingly the thing I write most about.

What you can offer as a writer/beer lover?

I write from the heart, because it is the only way I know how. I wrote a diary from the age of six as my way of processing what was happening around me. I think we live in an ever-crowded world where it can be hard to find and make space for thoughts. I write in the way I’d like to read. My writing is underpinned with encouragement to try new things, an understanding of the cultural times we live in, and with a focus on the people and the personalities that make things happen. I believe great writing can inspire actions, and action creates history. I love beer, I love pubs, I love breweries and I really love the passion that is poured into all of it. 

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

I am genuinely honoured to be a member of this organisation, alongside so many great writers who I have read and who have inspired me along the way. I can’t wait to get my teeth into everything it has to offer. This is especially true of any courses that can further educate me around beer and brewing. Instilling confidence in myself makes a big difference to me on a personal level.