Keeping it real earns beer writer award

PUBLISHED: 11:36 07 January 2008 | UPDATED: 12:45 06 May 2010

Roger Protz with his award flanked by chairman of judges Ben McFarland and celebrity chef Brian Turner

Roger Protz with his award flanked by chairman of judges Ben McFarland and celebrity chef Brian Turner

SPECIALIST writer Roger Protz has just received another major award from the British Guild of Beer Writers. Roger, of Charmouth Road, St Albans, got the silver National award for his work on the Morning Advertiser and What s Brewing. He said: I have won

SPECIALIST writer Roger Protz has just received another major award from the British Guild of Beer Writers.

Roger, of Charmouth Road, St Albans, got the silver National award for his work on the Morning Advertiser and What's Brewing. He said: "I have won prizes in the past but it is always nice to be recognised. These awards are fiercely contested."

Previous awards include Glenfiddich Drink Writer of the Year and Roger is regarded as Britain's leading writer on beer and pubs. He writes for a number of publications in this country and edits the Campaign for Real Ale's Good Beer Guide. He has also written books including Beers of the World and The Beer Lover's Guide to Cricket.

He appears regularly on radio and television and is a frequent public speaker.

He said: "St Albans is well-served with pubs. My local, the King Will, serves a good range of beers as does the Lower Red Lion, and the Farmer's Boy has its own fine micro-brewery.

"Even though we have lost The Mile House and effectively The Ancient Briton, we still have around 60 pubs to choose from.

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