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8th December 2022

Welcome to our newest members

Please join the Guild Board in offering a warm welcome to some of the Guild’s newest members.

Jane Price

I’ve lived in a small vigneron village in SW France for the last 25 years. It’s a wonderful part of the world for wine, less so for beer, which tends to be classified by hair colour, and is very much a second class citizen to wine in this land of culinary hedonism. A lifelong and impassioned imbiber of traditional cask styles, I became a homebrewer of necessity, and very quickly realised how little I actually knew about beer. My background is in research, I was more than keen, but where to start? I enrolled in the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) for which I am now the coordinator in France, along with Cicerone and the IBD. From organising the first BJCP exams in France, to converting highly sceptical French chefs to real ale, my mission is to spread the word and raise the bar for beer evaluation and judging. I have spent the last few years translating key texts into French, and I work with homebrew clubs across France and Europe to organise exams, competitions and sensory training. My current projects include developing a graphic version of the 2021 BJCP Style Guidelines, researching beer in Gibraltar around the time of the Battle of Trafalgar, always leaving time to come back regularly to the UK for some beer judging, fraternizing, and a much appreciated  pint of cask ale.

Rachel Hendry

Rachel Hendry is a drinks writer and hospitality worker based in Cardiff. She writes about wine, beer, cider & the relationship between the three for Pellicle, Burum Collective, CAMRA, Glug, Ferment & her newsletter J’adore le Plonk.

Rashmi Narayan

Rashmi is a London based travel, food and drink journalist. She contributes to a wide range of print publications and websites – both mainstream and independent. Originally from Bangalore, South India, Rashmi grew up in the city watching many craft breweries come up and believes that the lagers there are excellent and there’s hope for IPA too. She shares a strong passion for sustainability, stargazing, rail journeys, food history and most importantly, beer.

Feel free to email Rashmi if you’re a commissioning editor looking for features, especially from Bangalore or any part of the UK.

Alan Murphy

Commissioning Editor at CAMRA Books

Areas of expertise: Beer, Beer Styles, Beer Travel, Copywriting, Sport.

Alistair Morrell

After a lifetime in the wine industry working at senior levels, cider became a passion. On recognising that cider can be made like wine, but doesn’t have to adhere to the simple, but strict, EU wine laws, Cider Is Wine was born. Its vision is to ensure that all trade and consumers are aware of 100% juice not from concentrate ciders, perries and fruit wines. Cider Is Wine’s mission is to certify and educate.

Cider Is Wine certifies by holograms, visible at the point of purchase or consumption, applied to bottles at source, and educates via any reasonable means possible – tastings, online events, news articles.

Steven Gibbs

I started seriously studying music at the age of 16 and became a teacher at 21. In the meantime drank a lot of beer, attended the first GBBF at Ally Palace and started brewing. Dave Line got me into mashing in my early twenties with his Big Book of Brewing. When the peripatetic music service folded, my wife Christine and I started The Durham Brewery in 1994. Now retired, the brewery still in family hands, I conduct the brewery tours, look after the website and software, and give advice where needed. Retiring has freed me up to research and write a history book from a brewer’s standpoint. Much myth-busting and recipe-making make this a hands-on guide to historic beers. Publication date to be announced.