Meet our experts who will lead you through the different tastings over the festival weekend.
Adrian is an award-winning journalist who writes about beer, pubs, food and travel for various magazines and newspapers. He’s written the Seven Moods of Craft Beer, edited 1001 Beers to Try Before You Die and is currently researching for the second edition of Great British Pubs for CAMRA Books. He can often be found standing in front of an audience with a glass in his hand telling tales of drinking beer in bars across the world.
Tim Webb is a UK-based beer writer and industry commentator who views brewing from the consumer perspective. He has run the Great British Beer Festival, helped found CAMRA Books, wrote eight editions of Good Beer Guide Belgium (1992-2018) and now co-writes The World Atlas of Beer (2012 to date) with his friend, Canadian beer writer Stephen Beaumont. The 3rd edition comes out on 1 October 2020 and includes, among several hundred pieces about beer across the planet, the true story of British Bitter.
Christine loves educating people about beer, whether through tutored beer tastings or training, which covers both enthusiasts and the trade. Her tutored tastings include venues as diverse as the Tower of London and the Farmers Club and at events such as the BBC Good Food Show, Great British Beer Festival, Ludlow Food Festival, Danske’s Copenhagen Beer Festival as well as a number of pubs, bottle shops and CAMRA beer festivals.
Des De Moor
Des De Moor is a beer writer, tour guide, walk leader, tutored tasting host and Accredited Beer Sommelier based in London. His best-known book is London’s Best Beer, Pubs and Bars, the award-winning definitive guide to drinking beer in London. “Probably the best book about beer in London” — Londonist.
Roger Protz is a beer writer with an international following. He has staged talks and tastings in a number of countries, including Friends of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC, the World Beer Festival in Durham, North Carolina, and Beer Expo in Melbourne, Australia. In the UK he has given talks and tastings for many years at GBBF and the BBC Food Show. He judges in the Champion Beer of Britain competition and the Brussels Beer Challenge. He is the author of more than 20 books and edited 24 editions of the Good Beer Guide.
Cheryl loves talking beer and has developed a career helping others to discover more about our nation’s favourite tipple. Cheryl is a Beer & Cheese Sommelier, Cicerone Certified Beer Server, BPET & CAMRA Trainer. Cheryl has judged for the World Beer Awards, CAMRA, SIBA & IBC. Volunteering with her local CAMRA group she has managed the World Beer Bar at Norwich Beer Festival seeking out new beers from around the world with a specialism in Belgian beer. She also leads tour groups around her county and Belgium, exploring the quality food & drink in the region.
James Finch has been a champion of real cider through his blogs and vlogs for several years now as The Cider Critic. Writing for several online blogs including his own, CAMRA’s Learning & Discovery content, as well as local and national magazines. His quest, nay thirst, to seek out new drinks and producers and to hear and tell their stories, has led to the start of his own cider making journey.
Alison Taffs has been a drinks educator for more than 20 years in restaurants, and running tastings with consumers. She founded The Grape Society, running tastings & events about everything from wine to whisky, and Vermouth to Sherry. She is also the co-owner and landlady of The Hop Inn micropub in Hornchurch. She loves sharing the love for delicious drinks, converting people to loving real cider & perry as much as she does, and helping cider and perry to regain it’s place as a appreciated fine beverage.
Lotte is the Brewers Association’s American Craft Beer Ambassador for Europe and her role involves spreading the word about American craft beer through talks, tastings and seminars across Europe. She’s a Certified Cicerone, accredited Beer Sommelier, beer judge, beer writer, homebrewer and avid beer and food pairer! Lotte helps facilitate the American craft beer presence at the International Beer Bar at GBBF and is also a member of CAMRA’s London tasting panel.
Kevin Travers is Tasting Panel Coordinator for London & South East and Chairman of the Hampshire Panel He is also a member of CAMRAs Real Ale, Cider & Perry Campaigns Committee. Kevin has over 25 years experience of CAMRA Tastings in Wales and England and has run courses throughout the Country including at the Bournemouth AGM. He is a big fan of stouts and porters enjoying the depth and variety of flavours that can be found in such beers and is therefore thoroughly looking forward to hosting this event at the Virtual Beer Festival.
An accredited Beer Sommelier, Certified Cicerone® and International Beer Judge, I have been conducting beer tastings for many years. After many years at Fuller’s I launched AleHunters in 2018, hosting tours of London’s and Belgium’s best bars and breweries. I also host many events focussing on tutored beer tastings and exploring the relationship between beer and food.
Anthony Gladman is a drinks writer and expert. Beer is his speciality but he writes about all sorts of drinks plus the people who make or sell them. He is a fully qualified Beer Sommelier and regularly judges at all levels from homebrew clubs up to international competitions. Find him on Twitter and Instagram as @agladman.
11 -13 September 2020
CAMRA – The Campaign for Real Ale Ltd.