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MEMBER NEWSLETTER

MAY 2022

This monthly newsletter is dedicated to celebrating the work and accomplishments of our individual Guild members. To submit your update, email secretary@beerguild.co.uk.

A NOTE FROM THE CHAIR

I find it hard to believe that I’ve been in my post as Chair of the Guild for nearly a year now, but it must be true because our Annual General Meeting (AGM) is fast-approaching. It will take place on Tuesday 21st June from 7 – 8:30pm and, for the first time since 2019, it will happen in person (at the Brewhouse & Kitchen in Highbury). There, we will review our achievements of the past year, and make plans for the future. I hope we will also have time to share a beer together.

When the papers are made public on Tuesday 7th June, you will see that the Board is tabling a Special Resolution proposing that the Guild’s Articles of Association be amended to include cider as well as beer. The name of the Guild will not change but, in much the same way as we include pubs in our remit, it is proposed that we include cider too. I believe it will benefit our members – both individual and corporate – to broaden our focus in this way.

Over recent years there has been an increase in the profile of British cider, and many more people – including some of our individual members – are regularly writing about it. In addition, some of our corporate members are also cider producers, distributors or retailers. Despite this, quality cider writing currently has no formal body or guild to support its members, promote and award excellent writing, or educate, inform and inspire people about cider.

If this change goes ahead and you are an individual member who already writes about cider, you will benefit from access to news and press releases relating to cider via the daily newsletter. You will also be able to enter your work about cider into the annual awards, and have access to events focussed (or partly focussed) around cider. As the Guild becomes known as an organisation whose members might write about cider, your profile may be raised, and editors may find it easier to find you and commission your writing.

If you are an individual member who doesn’t currently write about cider, you may find that the exposure to press releases, events and updates about cider increases your interest and knowledge in this area and may mean you are able to write more confidently about this in the future, therefore potentially opening up paid opportunities, or different angles on your work. Additionally, the profile of the Guild and all its members will potentially be raised across the drinks and pub sector with the inclusion of cider.

If you’re a corporate member who communicates about cider, produces cider, or serves it in your venues, you will be able to share news and press releases about it via the Guild’s daily newsletter. And if you’re looking to find someone who writes about cider, this will potentially be made easier as you will be able to search the Guild website.

Accepting cider into the remit of the Guild will encourage new members – both individual and corporate – which generates more income for the Guild which, in turn, increases our ability to work on behalf of our members. I see it as a positive change that could bring us into line with other formerly beer-only organisations that have pivoted to include cider such as CAMRA, the Beer & Cider Academy, and the International Brewing & Cider Awards.

For this Special Resolution to pass, it needs to win 75% or more of votes cast at the AGM. All full members are entitled to vote. (Associate and Corporate members are welcome to attend the AGM, but may not vote). Votes can be cast in person at the AGM or, if you are unable to attend, can be cast by proxy. If you feel strongly – one way or the other – in relation to this proposition, I urge you to use your vote; it really could make a difference.

I look forward to having interesting and fruitful discussions with many of you about this topic over the coming weeks. And, as always, if you want to get in touch, please feel free to send me an email.


Cheers,
Emma
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Emma Inch
Guild Chair
emma@fermentationonline.com

A NOTE FROM THE SECRETARY

You may have noticed via the daily eNewsletter that the Guild is now hiring for a new Secretary. After nearly three years in the role, I'll be stepping down after the Summer Party to focus on my beer education business.

I thought I'd share some of my experience in the role to provide a bit of insight and perhaps encourage other members to consider it.  As the job description notes, the Secretary role is responsible for managing the delivery of Guild activity and will particularly suit an organised and enthusiastic self-starter.

When I took on the role, a time commitment of two days per week was suggested, but I've found that the hours can vary depending on the needs of the Board. At a minimum, our eNewsletter needs to go out at 9am every weekday, so I typically spend at least an hour in the Guild inbox each morning, preparing the eNews and addressing any queries that have come in. Weeks with Board meetings require a lot more time, not only to travel to/attend the meetings, but to prepare the papers before, minutes afterwards, and carry out any assigned actions. There are typically 7-8 Board meetings a year, plus the AGM. The Secretary is also present to host all Guild events and trainings, which are typically held in the evening. Most activities over the past two years were held online, so less travel was required, but we'll likely take a hybrid approach going forward.

Not only have I really enjoyed the work itself and the people I've been working for and with – the Board and our members – having a consistent, well-paid part-time role (which can be tough to find in our industry) gave me the ability to explore and start a side project, which eventually became my Virtual Beer School business that I'm leaving to grow. In all, I'm incredibly grateful to the Guild for the opportunity.

If you have any questions on the role, please don't hesitate to be in touch via secretary@beerguild.co.uk. You can find the job description in full here and applications close on Friday, June 10th.

All the best,
Nat

INDIVIDUAL MEMBER NEWS

Jamie Percival launches a new business - Beer Dad

There are beer boxes, and then there are BEER BOXES! Buying beer for Dad can be such a nightmare - how are you supposed to know if he loves a box of hoppy IPA’s, Bohemian Lagers or decadent stouts?! It should be hassle free, it should be easy - it is now. Pick a box of beer based on the type of dad he is (or YOU are), not by a style of beer. Twelve high quality beers, selected by experts. www.beerdad.co.uk

Cider expert Gabe Cook recognised as a Top 100 Most Influential People in UK Drinks

Guild member Gabe Cook has been named as one of the top 100 most influential people in the UK drinks industry.  As The Ciderologist, Gabe's work to better improve the understanding and reputation of cider has seen him hit #23 on Drinks Retailing's list.  Voted for by industry professionals, for the first time the list includes people outside of the wine industry.  You can view the digital version of the May/June edition of Drinks Retailing, which includes the list, by clicking here

Anthony Gladman shortlisted for Guild of Food Writers award

Anthony Gladman has been shortlisted in this year’s Guild of Food Writers Awards. His work published in Good Beer Hunting and Ferment Magazine has put him in the running for the Drinks Writer award alongside Alice Lascelles for articles published in the Financial Times and Club Oenologique, and Hollie Stephens for work published in Ferment, Beer, and Brewer and Distiller International. The Awards will be announced on 22 June.

New book from Pete Brown - Clubland: How the working men’s club shaped Britain

Beer Writer of the Year Pete Brown releases his twelfth book on 9th June. ‘Clubland’ is a full-length social history of the working men’s club movement, a subject that has received hardly any coverage or analysis over its long history.

Remembered by some as the home of chicken in a basket, cheap Fed bitter, frilly shirted comedians and the near-incomprehensible ‘club singer’, the working men’s club movement was much more - and still may have a role to play as it approaches its unheralded 160-year anniversary on 14th June. Pete talks to people including snooker legend Steve Davis, who began his playing career in a South London WMC; comedians Les Dennis and Bernie Clifton, who got their big breaks on club stages, the campaigners who fought for equality for women in the clubs, and the people who keep these institutions alive today.

Described by Guild award-wining author Ian Clayton as "an important history and a heartfelt tribute to the friendship, organisation, humour and community to be found in these remarkable institutions” and “a compelling mixture of social history, vivid reportage and candid autobiography” by author David Kynaston, Clubland is published by Harper North and is available for pre-order now via Amazon and bookshop.org.

May Update from Paul Nunny

  • Chaired the Cask Matters Group and discussed how we could reinvigorate the Cask sector following the pandemic. Identified three key areas – Quality, Commercials and Consumer. Ideas to be actioned. We also confirmed the support for Cask Ale Week – 22 September to 2 October 2022 and a CAMRA cask campaign in September.
  • Beds & Bars have joined Cask Marque as a corporate member and outlets to be assessed. Similarly, City Pub Group.
  • One of the judges for the Visit Britain Awards. Winners to be announced on 8 June 2022.
  • Chaired Pub Accommodation Forum. Commissioning research into the sector, both from a pub and consumer angle. Planned Seminar in September.
  • Year-end accounts for the Guild completed. AGM planned for Tuesday 21 June 2022.
  • Sadly, could not attend CAMRA AGM due to Covid! However, we did sponsor the event.

New book from Steve Pratt (writing as Steve James) - Pubs and Breweries of the Black Country

The Black Country has a wealth of pubs and breweries serving the local population of its towns and settlements. This book aims to cover the many hundreds of pubs that have served the local communities over the years, telling some interesting stories about the pubs, their landlords and customers. It also covers most of the breweries in the area, from small home-brew pubs and independent breweries to the larger commercial breweries and newer micro-breweries that have existed over the years.

Steve James is passionate about beer, pubs and breweries. He is a life-long member of CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) and a member of the Black Country Society, Brewery History Society, Pub History Society and Friends of Highgate Brewery. He is also a member of the British Guild of Beer Writers and has written many articles on the history of pubs and breweries in the Black Country for local CAMRA magazines and other publications. In fact, this book is based on a series of articles published in the Black Country Bugle newspaper and Blackcountryman magazine during 2020-2022.

This book takes us on an alphabetical tour through the towns and communities of the Black Country, discovering the pubs and breweries that have served them, both now and in the past. It is an ideal gift for the pub and brewery lover, to reminisce about the pubs they have visited over their favourite pint of beer. 

“Pubs and Breweries of the Black Country” will be available from the Black Country Society, Black Country Living Museum and selected pubs and micro-breweries, including Beat Brewery, Lye (£9.99).
UPCOMING GUILD EVENTS
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 secretary@beerguild.co.uk.

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.


Voting and proxy voting
Voting will take place during the AGM.

Full members who are unable to join are able to vote via proxy. To request a proxy form, email secretary@beerguild.co.uk. Completed proxy forms must be received by June 17th.

RSVP here
 

Guild Summer Party

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


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

 

Save the date for the Guild’s annual Summer Party, held on the evening before the Great British Beer Festival.

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, with thanks to the team for their hospitality. All Guild members are welcome to join this free event.

RSVP here

SAVE THE DATE


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 secretary@beerguild.co.uk with your suggestions. 
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