Best of beer writing recognised in annual awards

Adrian Tierney-Jones has been named Beer Writer of the Year 2017 at the British Guild of Beer Writers’ annual awards ceremony.

This year the annual competition received more than 130 entries across nine categories.

Pete Brown, last year’s Beer Writer of the Year and chairman of the judges for 2017, said: “Everyone who’s stepped up to the podium tonight should be extremely proud; they have been recognised as one of the best writers, broadcasters or bloggers about beer and pubs. This year’s field was particularly strong and the judges had to make some tough decisions at shortlisting stage and then in selecting the Gold and Silver award winners.

“We are pleased that the prizes have gone to new names on the beer writing scene, as well as established writers – one of our Gold Awards was one by a first-time entrant. We were also delighted with the quality of entrants to our new Citizen Communicator category, which has given amateur writers their own platform and revealed some exciting talent which we expect to see again.

“Our new Beer Writer of the Year, 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 is 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.”

The Awards ceremony also saw the Guild’s Brewer of the Year title go to Justin Hawke, head brewer and founder of Moor Beer. Presenting the award, Guild chairman Tim Hampson, said: “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. Moor Beer is always modern, with an eye to the history of beer and brewing.”

Other awards during the evening went to: Oli Haydon, for Best Citizen Beer Communicator; There’s a Beer for That Award for Best Beer Broadcaster – Lucy Stevenson and Louise Mulroy; Guild Award for Best Young Beer Writer of the Year – James Beeson; St Austell Brewery Award for Best Beer & Travel Writer – Stephen Beaumont and Tim Webb; Guild Award for Best Beer Writer, Corporate Communications – Carlsberg UK; Maltsmiths Brewery Award for Best Beer Communicator, Online – Emma Inch; Fuller’s London Pride Award for Best Beer Writer – Trade Media – Susanna Forbes; Adnams Award for Best Beer Writer, Regional Media – Simon Jenkins; Shepherd Neame Award for Best Beer Writer, National Media – Adrian Tierney-Jones and The Michael Jackson Gold Tankard for Beer Writer of the Year 2017 – Adrian Tierney-Jones.

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