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26th October 2021

New Members Joining the Guild

A warm welcome to the following new members who have joined the Guild in the last few months. We now number nearly 270 writers, bloggers, broadcasters, photographers, publishers, PRs, marketeers, trainers, tour guides and others in the world of beer and pubs.  If you know anyone who you think would be interested in joining the Guild, please direct them to Membership Secretary Matthew Curtis ( or to our online application form.

Joining as Full Members:

Stephen Carter: Founder of Points of Brew, a blog and podcast dedicated to the craft beer industry. I also create content for and manage all social media channels for Yorkshire Craft Beers and deliver their craft beer experiences both virtually and in person.

Gabe Cook: Gabe Cook is The Ciderologist – an award-winning, global expert changing the way people think and drink cider.  Gabe has worked in the cider industry for 15 years, spanning cider making, corporate communications and public affairs.  He has worked for cider makers in the UK and New Zealand, from small farmhouse operations all the way up the world’s biggest.  He has even presented a bottle of Cider to The Queen!  As well as chairing a number of international cider competitions, Gabe has written two books, including the newly released Modern British Cider, and established the UK’s first Cider Sommelier (Pommelier) programme back in 2018 with the IBD to form the Beer & Cider Academy.

Gawain Cox: Experienced brewer and founder of Pinnora Brewing, also currently Vice Chair and Communications Lead for the London Brewers’ Alliance. Gawain has over 25 years experience in digital communications advising a number of non-departmental public bodies on PR and digital strategy.

Beth Demmon: An award-winning California-based freelance writer, speaker, and podcaster who specializes in covering the culture of craft beer. She’s a member of the North American Guild of Beer Writers, BJCP judge, Certified Cider Professional, and is currently writing a book about the intersection of beer and cider. You can view all her work on

Ruvani de Silva: A travel-loving British Sri Lankan beer, food and drink writer based in Austin, Texas, with bylines including Good Beer Hunting, VinePair, CAMRA Learning & Development, Burum Collective, Beer Is For Everyone and PorchDrinking. Ruvani is a vocal advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion in beer and is the founder of #SouthAsianBeerClub.

Stephanie Shuttleworth: A specialist beer marketer, founder of MASH Marketers, freelance writer, and academic studying in the field of Psychology as a PhD Research Candidate at Manchester Metropolitan University. Based in the North West of England she has worked in the licensed trade for 11 years, having started as nightclub bar staff before entering the craft beer industry in 2013.

Joining as Associate Members are:

Ashley Joanna: A writer and photographer from New York who now lives in Belgium. Her passion for travel and culture has led her to create photo stories and documentaries around the world. She is a contributing photojournalist for the podcast Belgian Smaak while also freelancing for various travel magazines and clients such as Olympus Cameras.

Ellie King: Archivist by day but currently working in a pub and doing events consultancy for a local brewery. Her first article was published by Burum Collective in March 2021.

Paul Newton: Host of the Beer Prime podcast, World Beer Awards judge and freelance beer writer, with a background in global Event Management.

Sarah Pantry: As an experienced beer and brewing educator, Sarah is at home on stage at in-person events or on video and regularly writes about beer on various social media platforms.

Matthew Rogers: Editor of the ‘CAMRAngle’ magazine for the Slough, Windsor and Maidenhead CAMRA branch. He writes all the articles, interviews local publicans and brewers, creates all the illustrations and designs the page layout.