Our very own Richard Molloy has been crowned Best Trade Writer at the prestigious Guild of Beer Writers awards.

Landlord Richard was presented the Fuller, Smith & Turner Award for Best Beer Writer, Trade Media at the Guild's annual dinner held at One Great George Street in Westminster.

Richard said: "I was surprised and very pleased. I was in some great company and it came as a bit of a shock!

"It's quite nice to give a landlord's perspective because there's not a lot out there from our side of the bar. A lot of it is about products and not so much about people.

"That's what I like about it. It's people that make a pub just as much as a product."

London-based beer writer and filmmaker Jonny Garrett was named Beer Writer of the Year. Jonny is the co-founder and presenter of YouTube's Craft Beer Channel. 

Emma Inch, chair of judges for this year's awards after taking the Beer Writer of the Year title in 2018, said: "The standard of entries across all categories was extremely high and judges had a tough task choosing the winners and runners up.

"We were impressed by the levels of knowledge, energy and passion that shone through the works submitted by our finalists, whether they had written a column, published a book or produced a film.

"Tonight's roll of honour includes a number of new names, with writers who only joined the Guild in the last couple of years making an impact and proving that our robust judging rewards talent, not time served.

"Everyone who received an award or a commendation should be extremely proud; they really are the cream of British beer writing in 2019 and we wish them all success in their future career communicating about beer and pubs."

The Brewer of the Year title, sponsored by SIBA, was presented to Sophie de Ronde, founder of Burnt Mill Brewery, who won the highest number of votes in a poll of Guild members.

The winners and guests enjoyed a three course meal where each dish was served with a specially selected beer: Beatnikz Republic's Weizenart, Fuller's Vintage Ale 2018, Anspach & Hobday's The Smoked Brown and Thornbridge Brewery's Necessary Evil.

Beers from the Award's sponsoring brewers - Asahi, Adnams, Carlsberg, Greene King, Heineken, St Austell Family Group and a number of SIBA's award-winning member brewers - were enjoyed before and after dinner.