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Justin Hawke receives Brewer of the Year honour, presented by British Guild of Beer Writers chairman Tim Hampson






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Justin Hawke British Beer Writer’s Brewer of the Year

Moor Beer's Justin Hawke has been named Brewer of the Year by the British Guild of Beer Writers while Adrian Tierney-Jones has been honoured as the Guild’s Beer Writer of the Year.

The awards, along with recognition in the form of Gold and Silver awards for beer writing and broadcasting specialisations, were made this week at Guild’s annual dinner, held at the Park Lane Hotel in Mayfair, London.

BGBW chairman Tim Hampson praised Hawke for being able to combine brewing innovation with consistent product quality.

“Justin delivers flavourful, high quality beers time after time, combining innovation in beer packaging – which has seen their ‘canbulance’ take their canned beers on the road – with classic flavours that show just what can be done with the four core ingredients of beer,” said Hampson.

“Moor Beer is always modern, but with an eye to the history of beer and brewing.”

Tierney-Jones won the National Media award and took the runner-up spot in the Trade category on his way to the overall prize, was lauded in particular for his most recent book The Seven Moods of Craft Beer, which was published earlier this year.

Pete Brown, last year’s Beer Writer of the Year and chairman of judges for the 2017 competition, said, “Adrian Tierney-Jones lives and breathes his subject. And talks about it without ever seeming to draw breath.

“As well as constantly seeking to learn more about beer, after decades as a journalist he’s also still constantly seeking out new ways in which to communicate his passion and knowledge to the reader. Adrian is no stranger to these awards, but this year was his strongest yet and he was the judges’ unanimous choice for the top award.”

Brown was joined on the judging panel by 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, the campaign to reignite Britain’s love of beer.

The British Guild of Beer Writers 2017 winners:

Brewer of the Year

Justin Hawke, Moor Beer

The Michael Jackson Gold Tankard for Beer Writer of the Year
Adrian Tierney-Jones

Guild Award for Best Citizen Beer Communicator
Winner: Oli Haydon
Highly Commended: Matthew Hickman

There’s A Beer For That Award for Best Beer Broadcaster
Winner: Lucy Stevenson and Louise Mulroy
Silver Award: Jane Peyton

Guild Award for Best Young Beer Writer of the Year
Winner: James Beeson
Silver Award: Joe Tindall

St Austell Brewery Award for Best Beer & Travel Writer
Winner: Stephen Beaumont & Tim Webb
Silver Award: Chris Elston

Guild Award for Best Beer Writer – Corporate Communications
Winner: Carlsberg UK

Maltsmiths Brewery Award for Best Beer Communicator – Online
Winner: Emma Inch
Silver Award: Jonny Garrett

Fuller’s London Pride Award for Best Beer Writer – Trade Media
Winner: Susanna Forbes
Silver Award: Adrian Tierney-Jones

Adnams Award for Best Beer Writer – Regional Media
Winner: Simon Jenkins
Silver Award: Alastair Gilmour

Shepherd Neame Award for Best Beer Writer – National Media
Winner: Adrian Tierney-Jones
Silver Award: Will Hawkes

Larry Nelson
1st December 2017

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