Beer writers

For almost 50 years, CAMRA have been putting the “pint” into print.

During that time we have published many books and articles by a range of well known beer writers. Here are a few of them below.

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Laura Hadland

Has recently written the official biography of CAMRA in readiness for their 50th anniversary in March 2021.

  • Eleven years of food and drink blogging as The Extreme Housewife
  • Five years of freelance food and drink writing for local press
  • Regular contributor to food and drink debates on BBC Radio Leicester
  • Deliver beer and wine tastings and food pairing sessions, including the tour and tasting offer at Rothley Wine Estate where I have been a volunteer for nearly 5 years
  • Three years of running Thirst Media, a creative agency that offers content creation, marketing and PR, photography and graphic design. We work with a range of small businesses including a number of breweries, pubs and bars
  • WSET Level 3 trained

Jessica Boak

Jessica Boak is a beer writer and blogger and as part of a beer writing duo Boak&Bailey has published several books on beer including 20th Century Pub and Brew Britannia: The Strange rebirth of British beer.

Jessica is also a contributor to CAMRA’s Beer magazine and her most recent article focuses on Women and Beer and explores the misnomer that beer is perceived as solely a “man’s drink“. You can read the full article in the link below.

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Tim Hampson

Currently the Chairman of the Beer Writer’s Guild and editor of CAMRA’s What’s Brewing newspaper and BEER magazine. Author 101 Beer Days Out, London’s Best Pubs, The 50 Greatest Beers in the World, Haynes Beer Manual, London Riverside Pubs, London’s Best Bars, The Beer Book, published by Dorling Kindersley.

Andy Parker

Andy Parker

Andy is a beer blogger, home brewer and owner of fledgling Berkshire based microbrewery Elusive Brewing. He has previously appeared on ITV’s The Alan Titchmarsh Show, demonstrating and discussing the rise in popularity of home brewing and was named winner of the The Craft Beer Co. National Home Brewing Awards in 2014.


Adrian Tierney-Jones

Adrian has been writing books since 2002 when he started with West Country Ales — since then his books have included The Big Book of Beer , Great British PubsBritain’s Beer Revolution (co-written with Roger Protz), World Bottled BeersLondon  and his latest, The Seven Moods of Craft Beer in which he asserts that beers have their own mood that can match the drinker’s.

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Matthew Curtis

Matthew is an award-winning freelance writer and photographer who writes about the emotion and culture of beer by channeling his unbridled enthusiasm for the nation’s favourite drink. He is the founder of Pellicle, a magazine dedicated to celebration the joyfulness of beer, wine and cider and is the author of An Opinionated Guide to London Pubs, to be published by Hoxton Mini Press in Spring 2021. Matthew’s work has also featured in Ferment, Good Beer Hunting, Beer and Hop & Barley among other publications. After spending 15 years living in London, he now lives in Manchester with his partner Dianne and their cat Cricket.


James Dowdeswell

James grew up in a West Country pub, The Anchor Inn, Oldbury-Upon-Severn, near Bristol, which his parents still own.

In 2015 he toured his stand-up show, James Dowdeswell’s Perfect Pub in Australia, The Edinburgh Fringe and festivals all over the UK. In the show James outlined the problems facing pubs and asked the audience to suggest what they wish to have in their perfect pub.


Des de Moor

Beer writer and reviewer since 2002, UK compiler for Pocket Beer Book, regular contributor to BEER, contributor to Beer Advocate,, Time Out etc, tutored tasting host (including BBC Good Food, Ludlow Food Festival, Borough Market, Great British Beer Festival), experienced international beer judge


Roger Protz

Author of more than 20 books on beer, including 300 Beers To Try Before You Die. Columnist for What’s Brewing and BEER and contributor to All About Beer (US). Twice winner of Glenfiddich Drink Writer of the Year. Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Guild and the Society of Independent Brewers.


Tim Webb

Tim Webb is one of the UK’s leading writers about beer, enjoying a worldwide reputation for his knowledge of Belgian, British and German beer styles and the craft and traditional beer revival of the last 40 years.


Jeff Evans

Thirty years of beer writing experience and professional journalistic standards. I have judged beer competitions in countries as varied as the USA, Poland, Russia, Brazil, Italy, Germany, Netherlands and Belgium.

Daniel Neilson

Daniel Neilson

Daniel is a journalist, magazine editor and publisher of Original Gravity%, the first free independent craft beer publication. He’s a hopelessly amateur home-brewer who makes up for the lack of skill with enthusiasm.

Bob Steel

Bob Steel

Bob is a geographer by profession and has been a teacher for much of his life. Apart from a lifelong interest in good beer and good architecture, he is a keen walker, cyclist and organic gardener. He has been a trustee of BioRegional, the sustainable development charity and a committee member of his local civic society. He is author of five other titles in CAMRA’s Pub Walks series and has written many magazine and newspaper articles.

Katie Wiles

Katie Wiles

Katie is the Senior Communications manager for CAMRA. She is also a freelance beer writer, blogger and member of the Guild of Beer Writers.

Katie’s most recent blog covers alchohol-free beers with a wide range of styles to suit even the most ardent drinker. Katie is also a regular contributor to CAMRA’s award winning quarterly Beer magazine.

Write for us

Do you have a passion for beer, cider, perry or pubs? Do you have an idea for a great book that might appeal to like-minded people? have you discovered something new or have you been fascinated by something old? Whatever your ideas we would be interested to hear from you. Contact the Managing Editor Katie Button at

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