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JUNE 2022

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As Emma has been unwell this week, we do not have a 'Note from the Chair' in this edition, but have shared some important updates from our 2022 AGM below.

The Guild’s Board would like to thank all members for joining us at this week's AGM and to share a few updates from the meeting on the proposed special resolution, the election of Directors and more.

Proposed Special Resolution

In advance of the AGM, the Board proposed a special resolution that the British Guild of Beer Writers’ Articles of Association be amended to include cider as well as beer, with the name of the Guild remaining unchanged.

Any changes to our Articles require a special resolution to be voted on and passed by 75% or more of the voting members (either present or by proxy). Thus, the Board tabled this at the AGM for the Guild’s consideration.

The results were 42 votes ‘for’ and 11 votes ‘against’ with no abstentions, so the special resolution passed with 79% of the vote.

For more information on the changes, please read the Board’s full proposal here.

Election of Directors

The following directors retired by rotation: Jacopo Mazzeo, Kate Oppenheim and Neil Walker. Jonny Garrett, as a co-opted director, also had to retire. This left us with four vacancies on the Board.

Jacopo, who chose to step down this year, was thanked for his many contributions to the Board over the years.

Kate, Neil and Jonny were re-elected, alongside Joanne Steward. The first meeting of the new Board will be held on Monday, August 1st.

Other updates

Director Neil Walker shared news of the recently launched commissioning form on the Guild’s website, which can be used by corporate members, publications and other businesses to submit work opportunities specifically for Guild members. Submitted opportunities will be posted on the ‘Membership Area’ of the Guild website.

Director David Jesudason announced the Guild’s new Diversity in Beer Writing Grant which was launched in partnership with the publication Good Beer Hunting. The grant is open to U.K.-based writers and journalists, both current and aspiring, and will platform and highlight stories that celebrate diversity and inclusion within beer, pubs, and the wider hospitality industry. Find more information on the grant and how to apply here.

Reports from all other directors are available on the 2022 AGM event page and minutes from the AGM will be circulated next week.

Lastly, the Board would like to thank Director Pete Brown for stepping in to chair the AGM at the last minute, while our Chair Emma Inch was unwell with Covid. We wish Emma a speedy recovery.

For any further information, please contact


AleHunters partners with Brewers' Hall

AleHunters are delighted to announce their new partnership with Brewers' Hall in delivering their tutored beer tastings. Our first event is scheduled for 30th June and on the evening of the 6th July there will be a launch event showcasing the site's facilities following an extensive refurbishment. 

Booking enquiries can be made at and for further info via

Laura Hadland's book '50 Years of CAMRA' named the Best Beer Book in the World at the Gourmand Awards

Now in its 27th year, the Gourmand International awards are the biggest cultural event in the world. This year's awards were announced at a ceremony in Umeå, Sweden.

'50 Years of CAMRA' tells the story of the Campaign for Real Ale in an accessible way that will appeal to all lovers of beer and popular culture. Laura outlines the unique role that the volunteer-led organisation has had in shaping beer culture in modern Britain.

"I'm so proud to win this award," Laura said. "The problem with being a writer is that people expect you to have something clever to say at times like this - but I am speechless! To be told your first published book is the best in the world is really quite incredible."

More of Laura's freelance writing, for publications like Reader's Digest, BEER magazine and Pellicle, can be found through her online portfolio -

Eoghan Walsh launches BierCult Festival to celebrate 5 years of Brussels Beer City

Part-festival, part-extended birthday party, BierCult is a weekend of tastings, talks, and tours in locations across Brussels. It marks five years since the launch of the award-winning Brussels Beer City website, and celebrates Brussels, beer, and culture - music, art, food, literature and more.

The Guild is pleased to offer a broad range of events and trainings for our members. Full details are available on our events page. To RSVP, contact

Guild Summer Party

Monday, August 1st from 4 - 9pm
Sambrook's Brewery Tap, London

4 - 5:30pm = Seminar: “Ancient Brewing in Plain Sight”
6 - 9pm = Summer Party


The Guild’s annual Summer Party, held on the evening before the Great British Beer Festival, is back!

This year, we are holding an additional event for our members in advance of the Summer Party: a seminar titled “Ancient Brewing in Plain Sight” led by Guild member Tim O’Rourke.

“Traditional brewing practices persist in local communities where brewsters using knowledge passed on by word of mouth down the generations continue to produce beers in a similar way to thousands of years ago.

The talk will focus on traditional brewing in three continents – Africa, Southeast Asia and South America – where indigenous cereals are used to produce local beer. I will be joined by the MD of Stroud Brewery, Greg Pilley, who also travelled across Africa recording traditional brewing techniques.

The research suggests revised ideas on the origin of brewing and contradicts certain popular myths surrounding the brewing procedures. It will also include examples of brewing and drinking vessels to give context to the talk.”

We are delighted to be holding this event at Sambrook’s Brewery Tap, with thanks to the team for their hospitality. All Guild members are welcome to join this free event.

RSVP here


Guild Awards & Dinner
Wednesday, November 23rd 
One Great George Street, London

More 2022 events and training courses will be announced shortly. If there are specific topics you'd like to see covered, contact with your suggestions. 
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