Beer critic

Everyone wants a piece of me

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As a journalist, I’m usually the one asking the questions. It’s been that way for decades.

But, since winning the AIBA Beer Writer of the Year award a few weeks ago, I’ve found myself on the other side of the fence.

The first time was the very day after I won the award, when Luke and Dave from Ale of a Time accosted me at GABS and demanded I take part in their podcast. And by “accosted” I mean they asked me if I wanted to do it and I said “yeah, sure”.

I was a bit tipsy and relaxed by that point, otherwise I might have said no, because the last time I was on the podcast I stunk up the room. Maybe the tipsyness helped, or maybe it was the residual buzz from the win the night before but I reckon I went okay second time around. I didn’t even cringe once at the sound of my own voice. That’s a win in my book.

You can hear the good podcast here. I’m not linking to the bad one.

And yesterday, me and my trophy appeared on The Crafty Pint. Both backwards and forwards.

It’s a bit weird reading something someone else has written about you. It gives you a chance to see how someone else interprets you. Fortunately for me, Crafty chose not to interpret me as a total tool – which was nice. In fact, I reckon I sound okay – I reckon I’d have a beer with myself.

Still not sure I see myself as “prolific”. I just write stuff. And then maybe some more stuff.

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