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APRIL 2022

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As I write, we’re heading towards another Bank Holiday weekend and the start of one of my favourite months. Here in Brighton, May signals the beginning of festival season with the Brighton Festival and Fringe drawing locals and visitors to the city for a month-long celebration of arts, music, literature and everything that comes along with it (including the occasional beer on the beach in the late spring sunshine!).

I’m really happy to say that my email inbox is also filling up with news of festivals – beer festivals – taking place right across the UK and beyond. I’ve booked myself into a few and am already feeling excited about linking up with people I’ve not seen in a long time, discovering new breweries, sampling different beers, and coming across the kinds of stories it’s just not possible to find when I’m sitting at home on my laptop.

Sadly, not everyone feels equally welcome or at ease at such events, and some have been positively excluded in the past. I sincerely hope as we return to large festivals after so long away, we see evidence that some of the lessons of the past few years have been learned, and that we continue the long journey towards full equality in the industry.

Because a good beer festival represents one of the best aspects of our industry. It’s a place in which innovation, conversation, and celebration can come together, a place in which we can immerse ourselves in the joy of our favourite drink. And whether you’re involved in organising, working at, writing about, or simply enjoying a festival this summer, I hope to see you there.


Emma Inch
Guild Chair


Dan Malleck publishes book on liquor licensing in Canada before the Great War

"Liquor and the Liberal State" is award-winning historian Dan Malleck's new book on the development of liquor licensing in the province of Ontario, Canada.

The book examines the centralization of liquor licensing in Ontario between Confederation in 1867 and the Great War. Using Ontario as a case study, Malleck explores the way prohibitionists, the drinks industry, and moderates all argued their position based upon differing notions of what modern liberalism should look like. Liquor, indeed, complicated liberalism. Liquor regulation, it turns out, was a key issue affecting the structure of Canada's constitution, the relationship between the federal and provincial governments, and the emergence of what many outsiders still argue are the province's very odd liquor regulations.

Matthew Rogers' latest magazine issue now published

The latest edition of CAMRAngle, the magazine written, designed and illustrated by Guild member Matthew Rogers has returned for a Spring issue. Released in late March, the free publication can now be read in pubs all over Berkshire and is available to view online at the Slough, Windsor and Maidenhead CAMRA branch’s website:

James Dowdeswell debuts his Stand-Up Comedy Show on Beer At The Brighton Fringe in May


Tuesday 17th May - 9pm

James Dowdeswell, as seen on “Russell Howard’s Good News” and “Ricky Gervais’ Extras” shares his passion for the funny side of Beer in his brand new stand-up hour.

James was born and brewed in a West Country pub. He is the author of “The Pub Manifesto: A Comedian Stands Up For Pubs” published by CAMRA.

“I have known James for 20 years and his pub stories are the stuff of legend.” - Russell Howard

“A real master of the comedian’s craft.” - Chortle

Venue: The Secret Comedy Club, Artista Cafe, 42 Waterloo Street, Brighton, BN3 1AY

For more info and ticket link:

Members are most welcome to come as free guests. Please email or dm via Instagram @dowdeswell_drinks_well

Future tour dates of the show so far are:
  • Friday 8th July - Guildford Fringe at Star Inn 9pm
  • Friday 5th August - Camden Fringe at Museum Of Comedy 8.30pm
  • Saturday 6th August - Camden Fringe at Museum Of Comedy 7pm

From Tom Maya: Season one of Game Over Beer podcast completed with season two coming later this year

Game Over Beer, hosted by Tom Maya, marketing manager at We Are Beer, is a podcast about video games and beer, which brings people from the worlds of beer and gaming and asks them to pick three beers and three games that mean a lot to them. 

Guests of season one included Jonny Garrett (Craft Beer Channel,GBH), Andy Parker (Elusive Brewing), Robin LeBlanc (Ontario Craft Beer Guide) and many more.

The podcast is being used as a platform to raise money for mental health charities but with the recent war in Ukraine, funds were diverted to the DEC, raising £225.

Season two will be out later this year with more amazing guests, so in the meantime, you can listen to all of season one now on Spotify, Apple and other podcast apps.
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 book on, visit our online shop.




Tuesday, May 10th, 6:30 - 8:30pm BST
Online via Zoom
Cost: £20 pp


Presented by Adam Tinworth, consultant and trainer in the field of audience engagement

Over the past 15 years, social media has become an essential part of the journalist and comms professional’s toolbox. However, that doesn’t mean it’s always easy or comfortable — or even that it’s clear you’re getting value from your time there. This workshop will help you figure out where and how to focus your time on social media to get better for your work.

Participants will learn:

  • How to further develop a compelling presence on social media
  • How to choose which platforms to focus on
  • The different roles social can play in your work
  • How to avoid some of the biggest pitfalls
  • An understanding of how current social media algorithms work
  • How to experiment with and assess emerging platforms
Find the full course description here.
Book on here




Wednesday, May 25th, 10am - 1pm BST
Online via Zoom
Cost: £30 pp


Presented by Adrian Seal, multimedia trainer with the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) and former online and newspaper editor

With a specific emphasis on effective interviewing skills, your learning experience will include discussion, improving your communication and interviewing skills, face-to-face practice and how interviews can help improve your copy in both short and long form narratives.

Participants will learn:

  • The key to good interviewing skills – preparation, structure, skills
  • The art of good questioning and listening
  • Interviewing chronology – beginning, middle and the end
  • Different interview situations and scenarios
  • What follow-up steps you can take
  • Making sure you have the complete interview package
  • Make sure you get the best possible story from your interview
  • Face to face interview role play exercise and feedback
Find the full course description here.
Book on here

2022 AGM

Tuesday, June 21st from 7 - 8:30pm 
Brewhouse & Kitchen, Highbury


All members of the Guild are welcome to attend and hear from the Guild’s Board on achievements over the past year and plans for the future.  Full members are entitled to vote at the AGM; Associate and Corporate members are welcome to join us, but may not vote.

Motions for discussion
Full members may propose a motion for discussion at the AGM.  These must be received by May 10th via email to

Voting and proxy voting
Voting will take place live during the AGM. More information on proxy voting, for Full members who are unable to attend, will follow in the coming weeks.

RSVP here


Guild Summer Party
Monday, August 1st
Sambrook's Brewery, London


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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