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I am a (returning) beer blogger, (just about still) a member of the British Guild of Beer Writers, ex-committee member at the Leyton Orient Supporters Club, CAMRA member (through gritted teeth) and (Furloughed) Sales and Marketing Manager at East London Brewing Co...

My Dad has always been a CAMRA member, from early memories of seeing a green beer at beer festivals at the Station Arms in Southminster to my Dad getting a life time CAMRA membership from his pals for his 40th birthday present, a world of different beers has surrounded me from an early age. When it came to the age that I started drinking I didnt think twice about trying new beers, luckily my best friends and college mates also shared the same interest in trying as many different beers as possible. Drinking cask beer and Belgian beers in as many Essex pubs (RIP Cork and Cheese Southend) as possible was a regular occurrence during my college years.

I had already nagged and bugged most my non beery friends to try new beers but it wasn’t really till my first trip to Belgium that the passion really escalated to the point that I wanted to share my experiences in the form of blogging. Whenever I travelled to a new place I always searched for new and exciting beer places to drink, but not always found what I was looking for. So, when I went on my travels I would return home and write about the beer experiences I had, in hope that others will read it and be able to have adventures of their own. Luckily, I worked in the travel industry at the time and it gave me the occasional opportunity to explore some places that I would have not have had the chance on my own, from looking into the new and exciting French beer scene in Bordeaux, visiting the many great brewpubs and beer bars in Barcelona and discovering the secret Lithuanian beer culture in Vilnius. My blog became a way for me to vent my passion.

 

Throughout these years I was also watching Leyton Orient up and down the country, Leyton Orient was never a choice growing up but getting older watching Orient has meant I was educated on beer in the Leyton Orient Supporters Club and through the award winning line up I was able to drink different cask ale from all over the country. After nearly a decade of drinking in the Supporters Club pre and post-match I decided to accept an invitation to join the voluntary committee in 2013. First starting the social media, then working behind the bar on a match day, on to beer ordering which devolped into running the ale evening events. Over the years I have helped put on great festivals and meet the brewer evenings with breweries such as Signature Brew, Marble, Brew Buddies, 40FT, Solvay Society. Pig & Porter and Elusive Brewing. I had a wonderful time being associated with the Supporters Club, but unfortunately due to work commitments I had to step away in 2019.

While balancing work life, LOSC and all the exciting beer blogging related activities I decided to make the big leap in my career and I was given an opportunity to turn passion into profession when I joined West Berkshire Brewery as their London Account Manager. I couldn't have asked for a better teacher and friend in Ruth Mitchell, who over the 14 months working for WBB passed her amazing knowledge and experience of working within the beer industry to me. During my time there I was lucky enough to be able to take my Beer Academy Beginners and Advanced courses, and also my ABCQ Cellar Training qualifications. I'm thankful for the opportunities given to me at my time at West Berkshire Brewery, but in October 2018 I saw a advertised position that I had to pursue.

Most my family come from East London, mainly from the Wathamstow and Leyton area, and of course I am in E10 most weekends watching Orient. In 2011, during the first waves of new brewers changing the beer scene within the UK, East London Brewing Co started brewing beer in Leyton. We often ordered ELB beers in at LOSC and you could always trust them for consistently high quality cask beer. I am proud to say, in what feels like a "coming home" move, that for the past couple of years I have been the Sales and Marketing Manager at East London Brewing Co. 

My love for good beer, good food, travelling and drinking establishments continues to grow and after some time away from blogging I return with a refreshed enthusiam for the food, drink and travel.

 

Feel free to contact me on bigchinwell@googlemail.com

All opinions wrote on this blog are of my own and not East London Brewing Co.

DISCLAIMERS, SAMPLES & CONTENT

I work for East London Brewing Co and sometimes I will blog about either things we are involved with or events we are running, I will disclaim anything linked to my job at the end of the blog posts. All opinions, reviews and thoughts wrote on this blog are my own and not those of East London Brewing Co.

I don't really think of my self as a beer writer, I am a beer blogger. All blog posts are created by me, I only blog about things I have liked, enjoyed and think other people will also enjoy. There is enough negativity online, so I will not post blogs for negative reasons. Sometimes my blog post will include something that I have been invited to or been sent free of charge, I will disclaim at the end of each blog post. Although I do think that not paying for an event or beer will not influence my opinion, I understand that readers should be able to make their own mind up regarding my blog posts.

Things I do

  • I am open to samples, but in accepting the sample I am not guaranteeing a blog post or review. If it is something that I like or if I think people will benefit from a review then I will write a blog post. If I do not like it I will try to reply to you with reasons why

  • Blog about beers, events or venues associated with my employers East London Brewing Co, this will be disclaimed

  • Explain each blog post with a disclaimer, some past blog posted prior to 26/07/2016 may not have one

  • Share samples or invites to free events with my friends. I want my friends to enjoy the same opportunities that I have whenever possible, once a month I take part in a Bottleshare, if you would like honest reviews then we are open to samples for this

  • Go secret squirrel and visit places that have not contacted me, this is how I started and the blog posts I enjoy the most

  • Take lots of photos because I am an Instagram addict! Some may be of events or of beers that I have not paid for, I am taking these photos because I enjoy taking them not for any advertisement reasons or because I have been asked, when I remember I will disclaim in the comments but I will most likely forget

  • Take inspiration from other recipes that I see online, in books, TV or from pub convo's

  • Allow my blog posts or photos to be used on other blogs, websites or magazines, please contact me as I would like a hard copy/link and please credit me if you do use something of mine

  • I do have a full time job so it can be difficult to get some write ups done in set times, so please bare with me!

  • I do work within the beer industry, there may be times that I cannot blog as of a clash of interest, I will contact anyone if I am not able to blog about something

  • I would be interested to write for publications, please contact me if interested

Things I don't do

  • Post negative reviews or blog posts, the internet is already full of nasty things I have no desire to contribute to that

  • Accept samples with a guarantee agreement of writing a blog post about said sample

  • Copy and paste advertisement information sent to me

  • Write any content for money, I am not interested in using my blog for any financial gain (unless the writing is for a publication), I just want to share that good beer love

  • Use other peoples photos

  • Add advertisements links to my website for cash or commission

  • Visit a venue or event and accept free hospitality in return for a guaranteed blog post regardless of if I liked said venue or event

 

ABOUT THE HALF PINT GENTLEMAN

I am a (returning) beer blogger, (just about still) a member of the British Guild of Beer Writers, ex-committee member at the Leyton Orient Supporters Club, CAMRA member (through gritted teeth) and (Furloughed) Sales and Marketing Manager at East London Brewing Co.

 

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