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Guild member Guy Thornton dies

The beer writer and journalist Guy Thornton died suddenly at home on Wednesday 20 January, 2021. Guy was a long-standing and enthusiastic member of both CAMRA and the British Guild of Beer Writers. Resident in Amsterdam, he frequently travelled to the UK for meetings of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ), conferences, beer festivals and holidays with friends and family. He particularly enjoyed the annual dinner of the BGBW and made every effort to attend both that and its AGM.

Originally from Yorkshire, Guy first moved to Copenhagen for work, and then to Amsterdam, where he lived for over 30 years. For several years he jointly ran a real ale import-export business and was a co-founder and long-time office holder of the NUJ Netherlands Branch. He wrote widely on a range of subjects, including food and drink, sport and current affairs in the Netherlands, and was an enthusiastic traveller: seeking out and sampling beers in many European countries.

Over the years Guy had encountered several injuries, including a cycle accident in 2008 which meant he used crutches for walking. However, this was no bar to his journalism and other activities. Guy had just started treatment for cancer at the Netherlands Cancer Institute and, despite the twin blows of Brexit and Covid, was looking forward to the future.

There will be a private cremation in the Netherlands.

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2 thoughts on “Guild member Guy Thornton dies”

  1. Very saddened to hear of Guy Thornton’s passing. He was one of the first people to welcome me into the Guild around 25 years ago and we remained friends from then – although it was only on special Guild occasions that we bumped into each other.
    Guy seemed to be accident prone but took every bit of ribbing about a new plaster cast or crutch with self-deprecating humour. He was extraordinarily knowledgeable about beer and several times when my wife and I were in Amsterdam I resolved to look him up. Sadly, as these things tend to happen, I never got round to it. “I’ll do it tomorrow.” Tomorrow never came.
    Guild members and fellow Netherlands beer lovers who knew Guy will remember him with great fondness.
    He’ll be a big miss. Here’s to a lovely Guy.

  2. Such sad news and a surprise to me. I knew he had suffered various ailments but I didn’t realise he was so ill. I met Guy in the early days of the Guild and he was always greats company. I visited him in Amsterdam on many occasions and we would enjoy a few beers in one of out favourite pubs – the Wilderman. When I next visit, I will raise a glass to him. I compiled many reports for the BBC in Holland and Guy was always helpful with backround information. He was a one-off who will be sorely missed.

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