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4th September 2020


A warm welcome to the following new members who have joined the Guild since July. We now number over 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 Annabel Smith ( or to our online application form.

Joining as Full members are:

Marverine Cole — accredited beer sommelier, a broadcaster & journalist. Marverine is a two-time British Guild of Beer Writers award winner (2011 and 2013) and she’s won several more awards for her journalism and documentaries. She is also the beer columnist for BBC Good Food magazine and a contributor to its website. For more beer chat with Marverine, follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

Mick O’Hare — Mick was a journalist with New Scientist for 26 years before going freelance in 2018. He authored, among many, the science books Why Don’t Penguins’ Feet Freeze? and Does Anything Eat Wasps? He now writes about Cold War politics and Eastern Europe, the history of the Space Race, motorsport and rugby league and, when he can, beer and pubs.

Kieran Aylward — a consultant brewer and cidermaker with Vitikt and V-Brew, a brewer at New Devon Brewing and cidermaker at Cockeyed Cider. He also writes on semi technical aspects of cidermaking, brewing and distilling, as well as interesting and unusual brewing practices.

Jaega Wise — Experienced TV & Radio Presenter (The Wine Show, The Food Programme) & Head Brewer at Wild Card Brewery.

Joining as an Associate member is:

Arthur Lester — Arthur is a hard-working infrastructure project manager who likes to slake his thirst with a quality pint of real ale or craft beer after work. In between checking out the local hostelries in his new home of Cumbria, he likes to think about, promote, and critique beer and all things to do with brewing.  A beer aficionado since university days where he ran the Real Ale Society, he now looks to champion quality brews wherever they are found. A former socio-political analyst, he has a useful understanding of how brewing is related to everyday life. He has recently become a shareholder in a local microbrewery and also rears traditional British pigs for the local market.