Beer writers award winners

Winners at the 2016 guild awards


The British Guild of Beer Writers has shortlisted 30 journalists, writers, bloggers and broadcasters in its annual awards. The winners and runners-up in nine categories will be unveiled at the guild’s annual awards presentation and dinner on November 29.

The finalists were selected by the judges: Keith Miller, food and drink commissioning editor at The Daily Telegraph; Bruce Smith, brewer at Maltsmiths Brewing; David Cunningham, programme director at There’s A Beer for That; and the current beer writer of the year, Pete Brown, who chaired the panel.

Judges read, viewed and listened to some 130 entries, which included books, newspaper and magazine articles — both printed and online — as well as blogs, radio broadcasts and podcasts.

Pete said: “Whittling the large field of high quality entries down to a shortlist was a challenge; in some categories, work that would have been in contention to win in past years didn’t make the cut this time, simply because there was so much good stuff. Everyone on the shortlist should be proud of having reached this stage.

“We were especially pleased to see several entrants progress to the shortlist on their first submission into the awards, particularly in the new citizen communicator award for amateur writers. The best entrants in all categories demonstrated a sure grasp of their subject, coupled with a talent for storytelling, whether they did this through books, press articles, blog posts or videos.

“The quality, breadth of topics covered and diversity of media used by our finalists shows that beer writing is indeed in good health. We look forward to toasting all our shortlisted writers, and announcing the winners, at our dinner next month.”

The awards dinner will be held at the Park Lane Hotel on Piccadilly on 29 November. Guests enjoy a four-course dinner with beers matched to each course, beers before and after the meal. The event is open to non-Guild members, for more information visit the guild website

The shortlist

Guild award for best citizen beer communicator (new award)

  • Peter Alexander
  • Oli Haydon
  • Matthew Hickman
  • Rebecca Pate

There’s A Beer For That award for best beer broadcaster

  • Jonny Garrett, Craft Beer Channel
  • Jane Peyton, The Food Programme
  • Breandán Kearney, The Belgian Smaak Podcast
  • Lucy Stevenson & Louise Mulroy: We Made A Beer

Guild award for best young beer writer

  • Csaba Babak: posts on Beer Means Business and other websites
  • James Beeson: posts on Morning Advertiser and Beeson on Beer
  • Rob Davies: articles in The Guardian
  • Joe Tindall: posts on Fatal Glass of Beer

St Austell Brewery award for best beer and travel writer

  • Stephen Beaumont & Tim Webb: World Atlas of Beer (second edition)
  • Chris Elston: Elston’s Beer Blog
  • Jonny Garrett: Craft Beer Channel
  • Adrian Tierney Jones: Beer in So Many Words and press articles

Guild award for best beer writer — corporate communications

  • Beer Hawk: Hoptical magazine
  • Beer Merchants: magazine
  • Camden Brewery: Beer School materials
  • Carlsberg UK: Crafted brochure

Maltsmiths brewery award for best beer communicator — online

  • Martyn Cornell: Zythophile
  • Matt Curtis: Total Ales/Good Beer Hunting
  • Jonny Garrett: Craft Beer Channel
  • Emma Inch: Fermentation Radio
  • Breandán Kearney: Belgiansmaak
  • Annabel Smith: Cask Marque website

Fuller’s London Pride award for best beer writer — trade media

  • James Beeson: articles in Morning Advertiser
  • Susanna Forbes: articles in Imbibe
  • Adrian Tierney-Jones: various press articles

Adnams award for best beer writer —  regional media

  • Boak & Bailey: articles in Devon Life
  • Emma Inch: Fermentation Radio
  • Alastair Gilmour: Cheers magazine
  • Simon Jenkins: The Yorkshire Beer Bible book

Shepherd Neame award for best beer writer — national media

  • Adrian Tierney-Jones: Seven Moods of Craft Beer book and press articles
  • Roger Protz: IPA A Legend in Our Time book and press articles
  • Breandán Kearney: articles in Belgian Beer & Food magazine and other titles
  • Will Hawkes: articles in Financial Times, Guardian and other titles
  • Katrien Bruyland: article in Original Gravity