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  • 31 Jul 2014 8:33 PM | Lucy Saunders

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  - August 1, 2014 - The North American Guild of Beer Writers (NAGBW) announces its 2nd annual competition for writers, bloggers, broadcasters and authors. The 2014 NAGBW Awards contest will accept entries in eight categories, beginning Friday, August 1 through Monday, August 25, 2014.

    The NAGBW’s members broaden the conversation about beer and brewing, raise the standards of writing, provide leadership and continuing education for practitioners of our profession, while also encouraging and supporting more participation throughout all media channels.

    As of June 2014, there are more than 3,000 breweries in existence with many new breweries and brewpubs in planning across the United States. When Canada is included, that number climbs even higher. Yet many media outlets in cities and towns of all sizes still do not regularly cover craft beer or brewing in their local newspapers, magazines or radio stations.

    The NAGBW Awards honor the best beer and brewing industry coverage in eight categories. Journalism, feature writing, freelance authors, blogs and broadcast, published in print or online, are eligible.

    The 2014 NAGBW Awards is now accepting entries online, with a discount on entry fees for current members:

    Deadline to apply: August 25, 2014

    Beer writing/broadcasts published between July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014 are eligible.

    Fees are prorated for members ($15 per entry) /non-members ($30 per entry). You must be a current paid member of the NAGBW to get the discount.

    To join the NAGBW, please allow 24 hours for your application to be processed at

    Questions: email contest director Erika Bolden at or contact NAGBW via Twitter @nagbw

    See links to instructions and entry forms below. Follow @nagbw on Twitter for updates. Enter soon, and good luck!

    ABOUT THE NORTH AMERICAN GUILD OF BEER WRITERS – The Guild has members from USA, Canada, United Kingdom and Europe. Guild membership is open to all writers and content producers who cover beer and brewing, although industry and associate memberships are both non-voting categories. For more information, visit


  • 11 Oct 2013 3:36 PM | Anonymous

    The North American Guild of Beer Writers is pleased to announced the winners of the 2013 Beer Writing Contest. Awards in six categories were announced earlier today at the McNichols Civic Center Building in Denver, Colorado. The awards were for work that was published between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013. This was the first awards for the newly reformed writer's guild, who received just over 100 entries for this year's awards. Congratulations to each of the winners.

    Best Brewspaper/Free Zine Writing

    1. Randy Clemens, “Drinking on the Job: Traditional Belgian & French Farmhouse Ales”
    2. Brian Yaeger, “An Oral History of Widmer Hefeweizen”
    3. Ken Weaver, “The Big Show: Local brewers prepare for the Great American Beer Festival”

    Best Beer Blog

    1. Oliver Gray, Literature and Libation
    2. Alan McCormick, Growler Fills: Craft Beer Enthusiasm
    3. Terry Lozoff, Drink Insider

    Best Beer and Food Writing

    1. Ken Weaver, “Genesis of a Beer Dinner”
    2. Kurt Epps, “Now Batting: Ted Williams at Tapastre”
    3. No award

    Best Newspaper (Paid Circulation) Writing

    1. Evan Rail, “In London, A Flood of Pints”
    2. Josh Noel, “The Best Beer in the World”
    3. No award

    Best Magazine Writing

    1. Martin Thibault, “Top Secret - The Farmhouse Brewing Traditions of Lithuania”
    2. Joe Stange, “Alt Reality”
    3. Aleszu Bajak, “Brewing in Thin Air”

    Best Book

    1. Tim Webb and Stephen Beaumont, “The World Atlas of Beer”
    2. Janet Fletcher, “Cheese and Beer”
    3. Tom Acitelli, “The Audacity of Hops”

  • 04 Oct 2013 2:29 PM | Anonymous
    As GABF week looms, it is my great pleasure to announce our annual North American Guild of Beer Writers GABF Meet-Up & Membership Drive. On Saturday, October 12, the good folks from Blue Moon Brewing at Coors Field (formerly SandLot) will host us for a little get together beginning at 6:00 p.m. and ending at either 8:00 p.m. or 9:00 p.m. The Blue Moon Brewery is located at 22nd and Blake Streets. As of today, my contact at 10th & Blake was still working out details with the owners of Coors Field to see if we might be able to stay an hour after they close.

    Directly after the event at Blue Moon ends (at 8 or 9), we'll walk a few blocks to Great Divide Brewing, located at 2201 Arapahoe Street, where owner Brian Dunn has agreed to host us in their back room, the more private brewery area where they used to hold annual media events at the start of GABF (for those of us old enough to remember those). They close at 10:00 p.m. but have graciously agreed to let us stay there an additional hour, until 11:00 p.m., but have asked that we leave promptly at 11, since for the tap room staff it will be the end of a very long and busy week.

    From there, we're on our own, and if there's enough interest, there's plenty of nearby spots we could move the party to, but we'll wait until Saturday night to make that decision.

    There's no need to RSVP, just come on to down Blue Moon, or join us later at Great Divide. I'll update the time for leaving Blue Moon once I know that for certain. As this is not only an opportunity for the members to get together, but also a membership drive, we'd like to encourage any beer writers who are not currently members to join us, too. If you have any literary friends and colleagues who have not yet joined the NAGBW, please invite them to come and drink with us, no strings attached. We simply hope they'll have such a great time that they won't be able to resist becoming a member.

    If you have any questions, feel free to send me an e-mail to I hope to see you all in Denver.

    Jay R. Brooks
    co-president, NAGBW
  • 24 Sep 2013 3:16 PM | Anonymous
    The North American Guild of Beer Writers is pleased to announce that we will hold an awards ceremony for the 2013 NAGBW writing contest during GABF on Friday, October 11, from 2:30 to 3:00 p.m. The awards will be announced during the Rare Beer Tasting that Rick Lyke and his Pints For Prostates organization is sponsoring. The awards ceremony and Rare Beer Tasting will be held at the McNichols Civic Center Building at 144 W. Colfax St. in Denver, from 1 to 4 p.m. NAGBW members, along with non-members who have entered the writing contest are invited to attend, beginning at 2:30 p.m.

    An RSVP is required to attend, please send an e-mail to with RSVP in the subject line and your name will be added to the list. Please RSVP by Friday, October 4.

    After the awards ceremony, attendees will be permitted to enjoy the final hour of the Rare Beer Tasting on the 3rd Floor, courtesy of Pints for Prostates. Special thanks to Rick Lyke for his generosity in hosting us during his worthwhile charity event.

    The NAGBW will also be hosting a social meet-up during GABF. Details of that event will be announced shortly.
  • 05 Aug 2013 5:00 PM | Lucy Saunders

    The new North American Guild of Beer Writers announces the launch of its annual competition for writers, bloggers, broadcasters and authors. The Guild is now accepting entries:

    NAGBW’s awards honor the best beer and brewing industry coverage in seven categories. Journalism, feature writing, freelance authors, blogs and broadcast or published in print or online are eligible. Online submissions are being accepted through, including books in PDF format. Large files are accepted. If your book is only available in print, please fill out the entry form online, using a letter with shipping info to notify that the books are being shipped. Please send 2 copies of books with a copy of the completed submittable form to Lucy Saunders, attn: NAGBW Awards, 4230 N. Oakland Ave. #178, Shorewood, Wi 53211.

    Deadline to apply: August 26, 2013

    Beer writing/broadcasts dated between July 1, 2012 – June 30, 2013 are eligible.

    Fee $15 for member entries; $30 for non-member entries.

    Questions: Contact NAGBW via the website,

    Co-chairs, Jay Brooks (PST) or Don Russell (EST)

    NAGBW Awards Director Stan Hieronymus (CST)

    NAGBW Director Lucy Saunders (CST)  @lucybeercook or 800-760-5998

    Enter soon, and good luck!
  • 19 Jul 2013 11:08 AM | Lucy Saunders
    The NAGBW annual writing contest will be launched later this month - a draft of the contest rules is posted in the member's only forum for review and comment. Please contact Lucy Saunders with any questions, cheers!
  • 13 Jun 2012 3:00 PM | Lucy Saunders
    Freelance writer and blogger Ben Keene takes on twitter for @nagbw - follow Ben for updates and news,
    cheers, Lucy Saunders
    admin, nagbw
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