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Joint BHS / Guild of Beer Writers Seminar – “Beer writing – past, present and future”

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

British Guild of Beer Writers/Brewery History Society

 “Beer writing – past, present and future”

Thursday, 23rd October 2014.

10.30 a.m. – 4.30 p.m.

The Hook Norton Brewery

Brewery Lane

Hook Norton


OX15 5NY



The British Guild of Beer Writers and the Brewery History Society are holding a joint one day seminar entitled “Beer Writing; past, present and future”.  This will review how beer writing has developed over the past two hundred years; examine coverage of beer in the modern media and explore how beer communication might evolve in the digital age.










James Clarke


Beer writing in the Victorian era


James Sumner


Gravity, Tint and Bitterness: Beer Writers 1900-1960.


Ray Anderson



The birth of modern beer writing-

1960 to the present day


Ray Newman


Does beer get its fair share of the voice?

Beer in the media today.


Marverine Cole







“Taking the past into the future: new approaches to preserving and sharing our heritage”


Nick Stanhope
“We are what we do”.


Panel debate

“How do we ensure that beer writing has a glorious future?”


Chair – Adrian Tierney-Jones



Brewery Tour




Close for a beer (or two!)



The workshop is being held at Hook Norton’s stunning Victorian Tower Brewery is the heart of the Oxfordshire countryside.  Transport will be provided to and from Banbury Station for those travelling by train. 


The workshop is free of charge to members of the Guild and Brewery History Society and their guests.  There is a fee of £25 for non-members.  Please RSVP to Angie Armitage at Cask Marque    Please let Angie know if you require transport from the station. 

BHS AGM Weekend

Friday, May 16th, 2014

What a fantastic AGM weekend in Cardiff

Thanks to Chris for all his hard work making the arrangements, to everyone who turned up and especially to all of our hosts – at Kingstone Brewery, Tintern; AB-Inbev’s Magor Brewery; Otley and SA Brain, who hosted the AGM

What a variety of breweries, each very interesting in its own right and especially when combined and compared over the few days

We look forward to the next episode in the BHS visit programme



An evening at Kissingate Brewery

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014
I have had the following message from Gary at Kissingate Brewery.
It looks like a great evening
We would like to invite you and any members of the Brewery History Society to .
David Muggleton (brewery historian and BHS member) will be here talking about our local area’s brewing past.
Of course there will be plenty of beer and banter. There will be plenty of food too.
Tickets for the evening are £15.00 per guest.  However we are happy to offer tickets for you and your guests at £12.50 each.
The evening starts at 6.00pm Saturday 15th March.
Hopefully you can make it down.
Details are here…

Kind regards,
Gary Lucas

Kissingate Brewery
Pole Barn
Church Lane Farm Estate
Lower Beeding
West Sussex RH13 6LU

BHS AGM Weekend

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

What a great series of events for the 40th BHS AGM weekend

My thanks to Chris Marchbanks and Ken Smith for all their efforts in making arrangements; All the Fullers team for the AGM on Friday, Professor and Mrs Peter Mathias for joining us as our special guests; all at Camden, Brodies and Twickenham for the additional brewery visits.

We rounded  the series off with a fascinating tour of North Kent looking at the brewery related remains still to be seen, led by Ken Smith

Invitation to ABBC AGM at Windsor and Eton brewery

Monday, August 1st, 2011

The ABBC have kindly invited BHS members to join them at their forthcoming AGM –

Hi Jeff we are trying to attract members of other organisations connected with similar interests to ours to join us at meetings.
Our AGM is taking place at Windsor and Eton brewery on Saturday 24th September from 11am and we would like to invite members of BHS to join us.
cheers David Taylor

If you would like to go I would suggest dropping David a line at –

Forthcoming BHS visits

Monday, August 1st, 2011

Following the recent quite exceptional visits and walks to parts of London, Burton, the West Midlands, Dublin and Nottingham, I attach details below from Chris Marchbanks on the next two BHS days out.
My thanks to Chris, Colin Bridgeland and George Crutcher for all their work preparing these trips.

1 )   September  Friday 16/9/2011–    A walking visit of the Newark Malting & Brewery Sites planned

by BHS member Colin Bridgeland using the local town trail as basis ) and lots more.

10.15 assemble in Northgate Retail Car Park ( next to  Warwick and Richardson’s brewery – now

10.30 visit Maltsters Association of GB ( The maltsters trade association founded

in 1827 )more info – with brief introduction on the

Maltsters of Newark by CE – Colin West – 31B Castlegate – NG24 1AZ

followed by walk to Millgate and the south side of Newark,
– Lunch  break at Fox and Crown  NG24 1JY ( own arrangements ) more info

followed by the central and north parts of Newark in the afternoon.

The  visit will cover sites of 8 breweries (including Trent Brewery, Holes,

Town Wharf Brewery, Warwicks & Richardson), about 26 maltings

(many with remains) and a few other associated sites.

So  a lot of sites to visit and quite a lot walking – see trailmap-

so wear stout shoes and  appropriate  weather ware.

17.30/18.00 – close at a nearby hostelry/northgate carpark

  2)  October  Thursday 20/10/11 -The visit to Vale of Aylesbury and Tring ( Bucks & Herts)

Tour by minibus with lots of stops at defunct brewery and malting sites in the

eastern part of  the Vale & Tring. Much has disappeared but there are still

some remains to be seen at: Fenny Stratford, Rowsham, Aston Clinton to

                      Tring in the morning
09.45 assemble  at Leighton Buzzard Rail Station  – pick up mini bus

visiting Holdom’s/Cave’s solid beer syndicate/Lucas/Gurney, Pullen

Browns Brewery and Maltings, Rodwell Brewery, Graces malting et al

– lunch at The Kings Arms Tring ( HP23 6BE)  – make own arrangements

(more info

–  afternoon – to Ivinghoe, Dagnall, Slapton, Mentmore and Linslade visiting

the sites of Roberts and Wilson, Batchelor, Mott and Cross Keys,

Gurney, Monson et al

With lots to see please wear stout shoes and  appropriate  weather ware.

17.30 /18.00 return Leighton Buzzard – for maybe refreshment before disperse at The Hare Inn,

Southcott. LU7 7PR.

The trip is limited to 20 persons because of the capacity of the vehicle and there will be a small charge of £6.00 / person to cover this and the document pack – which I will collect on the day
Please Note: That it is the responsibility of members and their guests taking a BHS arranged visit to organise their own insurance cover. Wear suitable footwear for maltings and brewery visits. The buildings may be several storey’s high with no lifts.

Floors are often wet and uneven. Town walks and touring such premises is not recommended for any persons with disabilities or heart conditions.

The BHS supports  sensible drinkaware policies

For planning and number control – please let me know if you are interested in attending any or all of these visits by e mail to – or  01283 561626 or mail to me at
18 Brizlincote Lane, Burton upon Trent, Staffs, DE15 0PR.
Final details for all visits will be confirmed to those who have expressed interest 2 weeks before the visit.

The number is restricted for both visits to 20 people for each – so they will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Cut off dates are  4 weeks before each visit