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Pete Brown:  looking to help promote a positive, inclusive and ethical approach to communicating about beer.


Brown new head of British Guild of Beer Writers

The British Guild of Beer Writers has named acclaimed beer writer Pete Brown as its Chair, replacing Tim Hampson who steps down after 12 years in the role.

Brown has written about beer, food and drink for the past 15 years with eight books published including Man Walks into a Pub, Hops & Glory and Miracle Brew. He has been named the Guild’s Beer Writer of the Year three times, has won three Fortnum & Mason Food & Drink Awards and has been shortlisted two years running for the André Simon Awards for food and drink books.

“I’m delighted to be appointed as Chair and honoured to follow Tim, who has done an astonishing job. Over my fourteen years in the Guild I’ve seen it modernise and flourish in an exciting and rapidly changing beer world,” said Brown.

“Now, with a Board that has a majority of female members, I hope to help promote a positive, inclusive and ethical approach to communicating about beer. Most of all, I want to learn from our record number of members – and people who write about beer who for whatever reason aren’t currently members – how they feel the Guild can best help them.”

Brown was elected to the Guild’s board at its recent AGM, when three other new directors were voted in. They are: Joanna Dring, PR manager at Heineken UK; Annabel Smith, founder of beer consultancy BeerBelle and Natalya Watson, a blogger, beer sommelier and marketing manager for Duvel Moortgat. Five of the Guild’s nine directors are now women.

The British Guild of Beer Writers was formed in 1988 with its dual purpose envisioned at the outset “to improve the standards of beer writing and raise public knowledge of beer and pubs.” Today it numbers more than 300 individual and corporate members.

Larry Nelson
5th August 2018

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