I’m a freelance journalist and writer who covers beer, pubs, food and travel (though occasionally will write about whatever anyone pays me to do or what I am interested in — have done a couple of stories on World War I for instance). 

My work appears in the Daily TelegraphAll About BeerBeerOriginal Gravity (of which I am also editor), the Sunday Times Travel MagazineImbibeInapub and Brewing & Beverage Industries Business amongst many others. 

I have been writing books since 2002 when I started with West Country Ales — since then books have included The Big Book of Beer (awful title I know but a sound book), Great British PubsBritain’s Beer Revolution (co-written with Roger Protz), World Bottled Beers, London Local Pubs, the updated history of Fuller’s Crafting A Company, the anthology Beer, In So Many Words and my latest, The Seven Moods of Craft Beer in which I assert that beers have their own mood that can match the drinker’s. 

I am also general editor of both editions (so far) of 1001 Beers To Try Before You Die and contributor to The Oxford Companion to BeerWorld Beer1001 Restaurants You Must Experience Before You Die and Il Piacere Della Birra, published by Slow Food Italy. 

I also judge beers starting off by being Chair of Judges at the World Beer Awards and also on the jury at the IWSC Beer Awards, the Brussels (and Dutch) Beer Challenge, Birra Dell’Anno and Copa Latinoamericana de Cervezas Artesanales in Peru. 

I also conduct tastings/talks on beer, usually around certain themes, if you want to book me or just have a chat then you can get me via my profile page on the British Guild of Beer Writers’ website —

As for awards I was winner of the 2007 Budweiser Budvar John White Travel Bursary and silver award winner in the Guild’s Award for National Journalism 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2015; gold award winner in 2011; silver award winner for Social Media and Travel in 2013; also a silver for food writing in 2016. A couple of travel awards in the bag as well. Oh, I’m also the Guild’s current Beer Writer of the Year. 

I am a freelance journalist and don’t have an independent income while the idea of magazines and newspapers paying expenses seems to have vanished since the financial crash of 2008, so I do accept samples of beer and books (and pints from brewers or landlords) though my policy is to make it clear that I will only write about them if I think it worth it. I am not being harsh but honest. If you do want to send me stuff check with me first via the contact details on my profile page highlighted above — I will be honest and I might just say thanks but no thanks. I think that’s it. 

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