Emma Inch is a freelance beer writer, judge and broadcaster based in Brighton, a vibrant seaside city on the South Coast of England. She is a member of the British Guild of Beer Writers and, in November 2017, was awarded the Maltsmiths Award for ‘Best Beer Communicator – Online’ by the Guild.
“Our Gold award goes to someone whose online presence includes a magazine format radio show and a website that ties the shows together. The shows have a real energy, and people at their heart. It’s an impressive output from someone who’s fairly new to beer writing.”
(Pete Brown – Chair of Judges – speaking at the British Guild of Beer Writers Awards, 2017)
Emma has written about beer for national and international publications including Original Gravity, Brew Your Own Magazine and Diva. She has acted as a Taste Judge for the prestigious World Beer Awards, and has also judged beer at the Free From Food Awards, homebrew competitions and CAMRA festivals.
Emma produces and presents Fermentation Beer & Brewing Show – the UK’s only regular beer and brewing show broadcasting on FM radio. It’s a monthly, magazine-style show, covering all the very best aspects of the contemporary beer scene. You can subscribe to and catch up with the show on iTunes, Spotify and Podomatic, or you can listen to previous episodes right here.
Emma is also the founder and driving force behind Brighton & Hove Beer Week – a city-wide celebration of beer and brewing that, in 2018, involved more than 30 venues and over 60 events. Emma was interviewed by Brighton The Inside ahead of Brighton & Hove Beer Week and you can read that interview here.
Emma is an active (and occasionally prize-winning!) home brewer, and has achieved a General Certificate in Brewing from the Institute of Brewing and Distilling. She has also gained work experience, and been involved with collaboration brews with a number of breweries. Her interest in beer therefore lies in both its creation and tasting.
Prior to becoming a beer writer, Emma had a rewarding and challenging career as a psychiatric social worker. More recently, she has worked as a university academic, and is qualified to teach in higher education. She has been published in academic journals in her ‘other’ specialist fields of mental health, sexuality and gender.
Emma has also worked as a DJ and club promoter. Through Frockabilly (established in 2009), she has promoted vintage events, specialising in rockabilly, rock ‘n’ roll and female-fronted rhythm and blues. She has produced and presented her own weekly rockabilly radio show – the only female-fronted rockabilly radio show in Europe – and has DJ’d across London and the south east, and at the Rockabilly Rave – the biggest rockabilly event in Europe.
DISCLAIMER: Sometimes Emma is sent samples of beer by breweries, which is rather wonderful. If she likes it, she sometimes says nice things about it. However, Emma writes and says nice things about lots of different beer – some of which she even buys herself – and sending free samples does not always guarantee a good review…