Saturday, 19 July 2008


I was pleased to read that the British Guild of Beer Writers has introduced a new category in its annual awards. For beer writing published in electronic media. About time. There's much excellent stuff about beer on the interweb. Some of it not even written by me.

It's a recognition that "proper" writing isn't limited to printed media. That's been true for a decade. Like I said, about time. The small market for specialist beer publications means that not much makes it into print. How many full-time beer writers are there in the world? A dozen? Maybe not even that. Some of the field's most distinguished scribes - Martyn Cornell and Pete Brown, for example - still need other work to survive financially. The arrival of the internet has given hundreds more the possibility of writing about beer. That can only be a good thing.

The quantity and range of beer writing has expanded enormously. Obviously the quality varies, but there are some damn good writers out there. The best easily match those working in physical media. Stonch, Tandleman, The Beer Nut, Boak and Bailey, Impy Malting, to name just a few. They deserve to have their work recognised.

I hope the web's best writers will submit pieces for this year's awards. You don't need to be a Guild member. Come on, show the world how good web writing can be.


Anonymous said...

I'm sure you'll be entering the "electronic" section, Ron, but you should enter for the Budweiser Budvar award as well - your blog on your latest beer holiday through Franconia and Bohemia was vastly better than anything else I've read in English on "foreign" beers this year.

Ron Pattinson said...

It always amazes me that anyone wants to read an account of one of my pub crawls.

BTW, just hit a great bit in the Whitbread gravity book - samples of what looks like around 100 Stouts all dated September 3rd 1959. It's a bit like the Good Beer Guide, but more detailed.

I hope as many internet writers as possible enter for the Guild awards. It's a very vibrant branch beer writing. I think the judges will be impressed by the quality and variety.

And which categories will you be entering? They don't have a history award, do they?

Ron Pattinson said...


email me personally. I'm not sure which email address to use for you. I'll send you my spreadsheet with all beer details in. I'm sure you'll enjoy it.

I've just looked quickly at the description of Hole's in Bernard. Sounds pretty much how I remember it from when I worked there in 1975. And , of course, there's a tantalising mention of AK.

My offer still stands of a box of my beer to anyone who can provide me with a legible photograph of a 19th century brewing log for AK.

Boak said...

Cheers Ron, that's really nice of you.

Now who can tell us anything about a brewery just off Wapping High Street? There's a Brewhouse Lane and a huge great chimneym and nothing on t'internet about it. Taylor Walker had a brewery in Limehouse, but that's too far east, I reckon.

Thom said...

I agree with you the entirely on the quality of writing around the place. The Beer Nut went a curious shade of red when I told him the other week how good his stuff was. It's his humble nature that I love about him the most.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for including me in such lovely company! I'm honored. I hope you are recognized for your blog-- it's one of my favourites.