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The 2013 British Guild of Beer Writers Awards

By sarahhowe, also posted in News on

[caption id="attachment_13868" align="alignleft" width="240"]Winners at the 2013 Guild of Beer Writers Awards Photo courtesy of the Guild of Beer Writers.[/caption] On the evening of 5th December the annual British Guild of Beer Writers awards were held at the Jumeirah Carlton Towers Hotel in London and we were in attendance to present our award for 'Best Writing in a Regional Publication'. The British Guild of Beer Writers was established in 1988 to help spread the word about beer and brewing and improve standards of beer writing in general. There are currently over 150 members. The event invites beer writers, journalists, brewers and brewery teams to meet and discuss the current state of the brewing industry over a beer provided by not just us, but also Shepherd Neame, Thwaites, Green King, Brains, Fuller's and Molson Coors. Pete Brown 2012 Beer Writer of the Year The awards were presented by Pete Brown, who was last year's recipient of the 'Beer Writer of the Year' award and in his opening statement he said "2013 has been a good year for beer, with the first reduction in beer duty in over 50 years and burgeoning interest in our national drink. We’re seeing an average of two new breweries opening every week, innovative beers coming onto the market and a growing number of beer enthusiasts drawn from a much broader range of drinkers than would have been the case a decade ago." Here's the details of the winner's of the 2013 Guild of Beer Writers Awards. Beer Writer of the Year 2013 (Michael Jackson Gold Award) Will Hawkes Brewer of the Year Derek Prentice  - Fuller Smith & Turner Greene King IPA Travel Bursary - presented by Chris Houlton, Managing Director of Greene King Silver Award - Adrian Tierney-Jones Gold Award - Martyn Cornell Thwaites Award for Corporate Communications - presented by Ian Bearpark, Brewing Director at Thwaites Gold Award - British Beer and Pub association for their  campaign and video 'The Beer Story: Calling Time on Duty'. Shepherd Neame 1698 Award for Beer and Food Writing - presented by Richard Frost, Head Brewer at Shepherd Neame Special mention - Marverine Cole Gold Award - Mark Dredge  Brains SA Gold Award for the Best Use of Online Media - presented by David Bonney, Commercial Director at Brains Brewery Silver - Adrian Tierney-Jones Gold - Richard Taylor Adnams Award for Best Writing in a Regional Publication - presented by Jonathan Adnams OBE, Chairman Silver - Leigh Linley Gold - Gavin Aitchison Fuller's ESB Award for Best Writing for the Beer and Pub Trade - presented by Derek Prentice, Brewery Manager at Fuller Smith & Turner Silver - Jeff Evans Gold - Roger Protz Molson Coors Award for Best Writing in National Publications - presented by  Jonty Fair, Head of Corporate Affairs at Molson Coors. Silver - Sophie Atherton Gold - Will Hawkes  We would like to congratulate all the winners and runner-up of this years awards. In case you would like to know what a large group of beer enthusiasts like to drink with their four course meal, here's the menu and the beer matches which accompanied them. Starter Lemon grass and chilli marinated salmon with Cornish Crab and guacamole Beer Choice - USA Hells by Camden Town Brewery Main Pot roast Norfolk pheasant, venison sausage roll, caramelised brussel sprouts and chestnuts, smoke garlic mash. Beer Choice - Modus Operandi by Wild Beer Company Dessert Manjari chocolate moëlleux, Dulcey chocolate centre, salted caramel and Guinness Stour Ice Cream Beer Choice - Quad by Partizan Brewing Petit Fours Beer Choice - Alba by William Bros Brewing