Scottish Beer Awards

Beer guide editor joins judging panel

Roger ProtzOne of the UK’s leading beer writers has joined the quest to find the best beers brewed in Scotland in a new competition which gets under way this month.

Roger Protz, editor of the annual Good Beer Guide and the author of more than 20 books on brewing, will join the judging panel in the first annual Scottish Beer Awards.

41 breweries have registered in the programme which will present awards in business performance and brewing with 165 beers, all brewed in Scotland now registered in the competition.

Protz, who has edited the Good Beer Guide for CAMRA for more than 20 years, commented;

“The new Scottish beer scene is dynamic and exciting.  The days when two giant breweries dominated the country are long gone.  Now there are dozens of new craft breweries offering and diversity to beer lovers.

“Oak-aged beers have been a brilliant innovation and I’m delighted to see the return of such Scottish classics as 80 Shilling Ale as well as a twist on Golden Ale and IPA.”

Protz will join 19 other judges in an all-day judging session which takes place at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange at the end of this month.  The finalists will be announced in the middle of June with winners revealed at an annual celebratory dinner taking place at the same venue.

Among those supporting the Scottish Beer Awards are Craft Beer Clan of Scotland, FlavorActive, Ross& Brown and Wolffe Design.  The competition is free to enter and all breweries can receive assistance with the entry process by contacting or calling 0131 337 6232.

The inaugural Scottish Beer Awards dinner and celebration takes place at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange on Thursday 29 September at 6pm.  To book tickets at the event email

Roger Protz is a leading beer writer, the author of more than 20 books, including the best-selling 300 Beers To Try Before You Die. He edits the annual Good Beer Guide, published by CAMRA, and writes for What’s Brewing, BEER and the Publican’s Morning Advertiser in the UK and All About Beer in the United States.

He lectures and conducts talks and tastings on the subject in the UK and abroad.His audiences have included Friends of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC and Beer Expo in Melbourne, Australia. In the UK he conducts talks and tastings at the Great British Beer Festival and the BBC Food Show in Birmingham and London.

He has twice been named Beer Writer of the Year by the British Guild of Beer Writers and has twice been named Drink Writer of the Year in the Glenfiddich Awards. He has been given Lifetime Achievement awards by the British Guild of Beer Writers and the Society of Independent Brewers. His website is

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