John Porter

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GBS Full Member

Beer Academy® Beer Sommelier


I am a freelance beer journalist and writer, as well as an IBD/Beer Academy accredited Beer Sommelier. I am also a co-director of ShielPorter Communications, a pub and beer industry PR and marketing consultancy.

Biography: I have more than 30 years’ experience as a journalist, editor, researcher, scriptwriter and copywriter, and I am a co-director of specialist hospitality PR agency ShielPorter Communications (

I am a member of the British Guild of Beer Writers, and an accredited Beer Sommelier. I’ve sat on judging panels for awards including The Publican Awards, The Publican Food & Drink Awards, The International Beer Challenge, CAMRA Champion Beer of Britain, CAMRA Champion Bottled Beer of Britain, CAMRA Champion Cider & Perry of Britain, and the Tesco Drinks Awards.


Twitter: @pieandapint