Imbibe’s beer and cider editor, Susanna Forbes has scooped a prestigious gong at the British Guild of Beer Writers' annual awards.
Forbes was named Best Beer Writer in the trade media category for her news and features in Imbibe magazine.
'Covering the beer and cider world is a journalist’s dream,' Forbes told Imbibe. 'The people, the ideas and the creativity involved. And to have a chance to share these stories with Imbibe readers – the passionate guys wanting to have the best drinks on their bar – is wonderful. To be recognised with this award, in the company of the writers and communicators I’ve read, learnt from and admired over the years, means so much. Thanks everyone.'
'Susanna was one of the first people to recognise the true potential of British drinks, and has been right at the forefront of the craft beer and cider revival for almost 10 years,' Imbibe editor, Chris Losh, said. 'The thorough, enthusiastic articles she’s written for Imbibe on this have ensured that our readers are consistently ahead of the latest trends and helped to drive the whole local drinks explosion. It’s great to see her hard work getting the recognition it deserves – all of us here at Imbibe are thrilled for her!'
Friend of Imbibe Adrian Tierney-Jones was also a big winner on the night picking up no less than three awards, including the biggest of them all: Beer Writer of the Year.
'Everyone who's stepped up to the podium tonight should be extremely proud; they have been recognised as one of the best writers, broadcasters or bloggers about beer and pubs,' Pete Brown, last year's Beer Writer of the Year and chairman of judges for the 2017 competition, said.
'This year's field was particularly strong and the judges had to make some tough decisions at shortlisting stage and then in selecting the Gold and Silver award winners.'
Keith Miller, food and drink commissioning editor at The Daily Telegraph, Bruce Smith, brewer at Maltsmiths Brewing and David Cunningham, programme director at There's A Beer for That joined Brown on the judging panel.
The winners and runners-up were announced at the Guild's annual dinner held at the Park Lane Hotel on Piccadilly. Guests were treated to a four-course dinner, with each dish accompanied by a specially selected beer: Brew by Numbers' 01/31 Saison; Wild Beer Co's Modus Operandi; Wimbledon Brewery's Quartermaine; Old Dairy's Dark Side of the Moo and Shapeshifter from Four Pure.
Full list of winners
Brewer of the Year: Justin Hawke, Moor Beer
NEW AWARD: Guild Award for Best Citizen Beer Communicator
Winner: Oli Haydon
Highly commended: Matthew Hickman
There’s A Beer For That Award for Best Beer Broadcaster
Winner: Lucy Stevenson and Louise Mulroy
Silver Award: Jane Peyton
Guild Award for Best Young Beer Writer of the Year
Winner: James Beeson
Silver award: Joe Tindall
St Austell Brewery Award for Best Beer & Travel Writer
Winner: Stephen Beaumont and Tim Webb
Silver award: Chris Elston
Guild Award for Best Beer Writer - Corporate communications
Winner: Carlsberg UK
Maltsmiths Brewery Award for Best Beer Communicator - Online
Winner: Emma Inch
Silver award: Jonny Garrett
Fuller’s London Pride Award for Best Beer Writer – Trade media
Winner: Susanna Forbes
Silver award: Adrian Tierney-Jones
Adnams Award for Best Beer Writer - Regional media
Winner: Simon Jenkins
Silver award: Alastair Gilmour
Shepherd Neame Award for Best Beer Writer - National media
Winner: Adrian Tierney-Jones
Silver award: Will Hawkes
The Michael Jackson Gold Tankard for Beer Writer of the Year 2017