Beer author and film-maker Garrett wins top prize

By Gary Lloyd

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The write stuff: Guild of Beer Writers Awards 2022 winners, including Beer Writer of the Year Jonny Garrett
The write stuff: Guild of Beer Writers Awards 2022 winners, including Beer Writer of the Year Jonny Garrett

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Beer author and film-maker Jonny Garrett has been named Beer Writer of the Year 2022 at the Guild of Beer Writers’ Annual Awards.

The awards received 190 entries across 16 categories – the highest number ever – with a record prize fund of £19,500, shared between 27 gold and silver award winners. 

On his way to the top honour, Garrett won gold in the categories for Pub Communications, Books and Video Communications – the latter with Brad Evans, his co-presenter on the Craft Beer Channel​ on YouTube. His book, A Year in Beer​, was published earlier this year by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) and he also contributes regularly to beer magazines and websites such as Good Beer Hunting​.

Exceptionally hard

Pete Brown, chair of judges for this year’s awards, which took place on Wednesday 23 November at One Great George Street in Westminster, said: “Choosing an overall Beer Writer this year was exceptionally hard, but Jonny was the judges’ choice because of the range of his work, from print articles to website posts, films and a new book.

“Whatever he does, he has complete mastery of his topic, thanks to painstaking research, and is able to communicate it to beer nerds or a generalist audience.  If we ever get a beer programme on mainstream TV, Jonny should definitely make it.

Brown was joined on the judging panel by Mitch Adams, beer sommelier and beer buyer at Euroboozer; Molly Davis, head of communications at the BII; Claire Dodd, travel and drinks writer; Matt Eley, communications consultant and former editor of Inapub​ magazine; Fergus Fitzgerald, production director at Adnams; Kelly McCarthy CBII, licensee of the Old Sun Inn in Yorkshire; John Mitchinson, co-founder of crowdfunding publishers Unbound; Ned Palmer, cheesemonger and author and Michelle Perrett, industry journalist and communications expert.

Elusive title

The Brewer of the Year title, sponsored by SIBA, was presented to Andy Parker, founder and head brewer at Elusive Brewing, who won the highest number of votes in a poll of Guild members.

Presenting the Award, Guild chair Emma Inch said: “Andy’s passion for brewing shows in every beer he produces, and what ends up in the glass is always a shining example of its style. He hasn’t forgotten his homebrew roots, running an annual competition that gives the winner a platform to brew their own beer, and benefit from his time and knowledge as a mentor.”

British Guild of Beer Writers winners

SIBA Award for Brewer of the Year

Andy Parker, Elusive Brewing

Guild Award for Best Corporate Beer Communications

Winner: Untold Agency for Republic of Beer campaign for Budweiser Budvar UK

Guild Award for Best Citizen Beer Communicator, sponsored by Krombacher

Winner:  Oli Haydon for

Silver Award: Matthew Rogers for CAMRAngle​ magazine

Award for Best Beer Business Communicator 

Winner: Stephen Beaumont for articles in Just Drinks 

Best Communication about Pubs, sponsored by Shepherd Neame

Winner: Jonny Garrett for films on cask ale

Silver Award: Alastair Gilmour for articles in Meet and Drink

Highly Commended: David Jesudason for articles in Good Beer Hunting ​and Pellicle

Award for Best Communication about Beer & Travel, sponsored by VisitFlanders

Winner: Lily Waite for articles in Pellicle

Silver Award: Dan Saladino for chapters from his book Eating to Extinction

Award for Best Communication about Sustainability in Beer and Pubs, sponsored by Carlsberg Marston’s Brewing Company UK

Winner: Anthony Gladman for articles in Ferment ​and IBD

Silver Award: Mark Dredge for articles in Ferment

Award for Best Communication about No and Low Alcohol Beers, sponsored by Budweiser Brewing Group UK&I

Winner: Laura Hadland for blog articles

Silver Award: Jane Peyton for Food Talk Show

Award for Best Audio Beer Communicator, sponsored by Asahi UK

Winner: Eoghan Walsh for A History of Brussels Beer in 50 Objects – Brussels Beer City

Silver Award: Jane Peyton for articles on Food Talk Show 

Guild Award for Best Video Beer Communication, sponsored by St Austell Brewery

Winner: Jonny Garrett & Brad Evans for Craft Beer Channel

Silver: Danny Savage for pub stories broadcast on BBC News

Award for Best Newcomer to Beer Communication, sponsored by Fuller Smith & Turner

Winner: Reece Hugill for article in Pellicle: I Want To See Mountains Again – The Banked Beers of Teesside, North East England

Silver Award: Ashley Joanna for articles in Belgian Smaak​ 

Award for Best Book about Beer or Pubs, sponsored by Heineken UK

Winner: Jonny Garrett for A Year in Beer​ (CAMRA)

Silver Award: Jaega Wise for Wild Brews

Highly Commended: Em Sauter for Hooray for Craft Beer

Best Beer Communicator, Regional Media, sponsored by Adnams

Winner: Alastair Gilmour for articles in Meet and Drink​ 

Silver Award: Ashley Joanna for articles in Belgian Smaak​ 

Highly Commended: Breandán Kearney for articles in The Brussels Times Magazine​  

Award for Best Communication about Diversity in Beer and Pubs

Winner: David Jesudason for various articles 

Highly Commended: Ruvani de Silva for various articles 

Award for Best Communication about Cider, sponsored by Inch’s Cider

Winner: Gabe Cook for Modern British Cider

Silver Award: James Crowden for Cider Country

Award for Best Self-Published Writing about Beer

Winner: Eoghan Walsh for articles on Brussels Beer City

Highly Commended: Mark Dredge for work on beer flavours 

Highly Commended: Beth Demmon for her Prohibitchin’ blogs  

Award for Best Commissioned Beer Writing, sponsored by Greene King

Winner: David Jesudason for various articles including 

Silver Award: Jemma Beedie for various articles 

Highly Commended: Will Hawkes for various articles 

The Michael Jackson Gold Award for Beer Writer of the Year 2022

Winner: Jonny Garrett

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