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Pete Brown giving away a trip to Budvar

British beer writer of the year Pete Brown is giving away the trip to Ceske Budejovice, where Budvar is brewed, he won last month. He’s been twice and figures the trip would not give him as much value as it could someone else.

Working in conjunction with Budvar UK and The Publican, we’re launching a mini-competition to encourage new beer writing talent.

This is open to anyone who is passionate about beer, wants to write about it, but has not yet had anything published in print media. We can’t and don’t want to exclude bloggers because most people who are keen to write about beer have started doing so electronically, but we want to offer someone the chance to break into being published offline for the first time.

It’s simple. You need to write a thousand-word piece on the subject of ‘Why Beer Matters’, interpreted in whatever way you see fit. You need to send this to me at petebrown@stormlantern.co.uk by 29th January, remembering to include your real name, postal address and contact telephone number.

  • Two weeks left for breweries to enter the Brewing News National IPA Championship. Don’t know if you’ve followed this in the past — Green Flash Brewing from southern California and Laurelwood Brewing from Portland, Oregon, won the first two — but beers are seeded in a bracket, then meet head-to-head in actual tasting/judging. Here’s how it went last year.
  • Stephen Beaumont has been rolling out holiday-end-of-the-year-old-best lists for the last three weeks, so I apologize for pointing to one where he points back this direction. But skip past that to this:

    5. Beer Is Not the New Wine: But wine might just be the new beer!”

    Think about it, he writes.
    Please do.

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    2 Responses to Pete Brown giving away a trip to Budvar

    1. Roger A. Baylor January 6, 2010 at 9:09 am #

      As soon as the winner gets to Ceske Budejovice, my advice is to forego Budvar and head immediately to Cesky Krumlov for the delicious beer brewed there.

    2. John January 9, 2010 at 12:55 pm #

      What a great opportunity Pete has come up with – hopefully it will encourage a lot of new writing! Thanks for the heads up on this!

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