Judges and Stewards

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All judges and steward positions have been filled. Here's a list of our judges.

International Judges

Melissa Cole - Living the beer dream, not only does she write & broadcast extensively about the world’s favourite drink, Melissa has been invited to judge at beer competitions from London to Italy and Amsterdam to America, having built a reputation as having a fine palate and fun approach to all things brewed. She is lead partner in London’s only dedicated beer tasting business, lovebeer@borough in Borough Market, and has finally finished her début book on beer: Let Me Tell You About Beer: A Beginner’s Guide to All Things Brewed. She is also London’s leading exponent of corporate tastings and beer experiences, with everything from 10 cover high-end beers matched dinners for senior executives of blue chip companies to themed canapé receptions for 300 delegates under her belt. Melissa was also named one of the Most Powerful Women in the Drinks Industry by Channel4 Food.

André Brunnsberg - A native of Helsinki, Finland André has been writing about beer in several magazine publications and actively brews at home. André has been judging beer for the last ten years both in Finland and abroad in Sweden, Ireland and Austria and is often traveling around Europe on a hunt for the perfect beer!

Carl Kins - Has been European Beer Consumers Union  Executive member since 2009, beer judge (since 2004) at most major international competitions such as World Beer Cup, European Beer Star, Brussels Beer Challenge, Great American Beer Festival as well as a Beer writer for Belgian, Italian and US magazines.

Des De Moor - One of the UK’s leading beer writers, author of award-winning book The CAMRA Guide to London’s Best Beer, Pubs and Bars, compiler of the UK listings for the Pocket Beer Guide and a longstanding regular contributor to BEER magazine. His writing has appeared in numerous other places including Time Out, Beers of the World and the book 1001 Beers You Must Try Before You Die. He hosts tutored tastings, gives talks and presentations, leads beer-themed walks and has judged beer competitions in the UK, USA and several other countries. Visit Des’s beer website at http://desdemoor.co.uk or follow him on Twitter @desdemoor.

Tim Webb - Tim Webb writes The World Atlas of Beer (Octopus Books: 2nd edition September 2016), with Canadian author Stephen Beaumont.  He is also a member of the Executive of the European Beer Consumers Union (EBCU), which presents the beer consumer at the European level

Jan Lichota - With a longtime experience as a beer lawyer, Jan has also devoted his time to beer judging at national contests in Austria, Brazil and Italy as well as internationally recognised competitions such as the European Beer Star and Brussels Beer Challenge. He’s a reporter for various magazines in Belgium, Denmark, Spain and his native Poland. He also shares his beer knowledge and experience at life sciences universities in Kraków and Wroclaw. Working in tourism today. he finds a new beer discovery every day. Jan currently serves as the External Affairs Officer on the EBCU executive


Irish Judges

Reuben Gray - Founding member of Beoir in 2010 Reuben has been writing about beer since 2008 starting with his blog: taleofale.com and he has been serving as Chairman of Beoir since 2013. Reuben is a delegate to the European Beer Consumers’ Union for Beoir. Reuben can sometimes be heard on the radio talking about beer as well as writing for a number of publications. He is also the publishing editor of Beoir magazine. Reuben is a BJCP certified judge and often judges in competitions both amateur and commercial. Reuben also organises the Killarney Beer Awards.

Andrew Moore - Joined Irish Craft Brewer in early 2010, founding member of Beoir in 2010

Steve Lamond - Has been involved in tutored tasting sessions at CAMRA beer festivals. Writer of Beers I've Known He is also the Beoir Regional Representative Officer for the North East and Beoir's Cider Officer.

Christina Wade - Christina is the Founder and President of the Ladies Craft Beer Society of Ireland. She has run women's craft beer groups in some capacity since 2009. She has also recently completed her PhD researching Viking burial in Ireland.

Sara Breitenfeldt - Sara is one of the founding members of Beer Ireland, and served as Programme Director from 2012-2014. She has been awarded the General Certificate in Brewing and completed Beer Sommelier training through Skillnets and the IBD. She is currently working in the beverage industry.

Kevin Walsh - Store Manager at The Beer Store London

Giacomo Rizzo - Beoir member and amateur brewer

Thomas Carroll  - A member of Beoir Regional Representative Officer for the Northwest.

Brendan Murphy - National Homebrew Club champion brewer and upcoming head brewer at Kildare Brewing Company at Lock 13 Gastropub.

Barry Flanagan - Manager at Lock 13 Craft Beer House & Gastropub & Flanagan’s Mill Pub

Wayne Dunne - Beer blogger and pod caster on IrishBeerSnob.com. Wayne is the craft beer editor for TheTaste.ie

John Duffy - Founding member of Beoir in 2010 John  joined Irish Craft Brewer shortly after it was founded in 2007 and helped steer its transformation into Beoir. He has served as Beoir’s treasurer since 2010 and attends meetings of the European Beer Consumers Union on its behalf. John has been writing a blog about beer called The Beer Nut since 2005 and has contributed to books such as the CAMRA Good Beer Guide, Irish Craft Beers: Origins, Styles & Breweries and 1001 Beers You Must Try before You Die.

Susan & Judith Boyle - Judith Boyle is a 5th generation publican and scientist. She is beer maker and accredited beer sommelier (there are just over 100 worldwide) and is one half of Two Sisters Brewing. Alongside her sister Susan they make Brigid’s Ale which they sell from their family pub, Boyle’s in Kildare. She has combined science and beer to create delicious beer ice cream using dry ice which wowed capacity audiences at the Electric Picnic Theatre of Food. With her sister Susan, Judith writes an in depth weekly beer article which is published in the Leinster Leader. Keep up with her @missjudithboyle on twitter: www.twosistersbrewing.com

Jacqueline Stedman - Food and beverage consultant/educator at liquidcuriosity.ie


Lead Stewards

Kellie Dawson - If there's a beer competition in Ireland, Kellie is probably running it. The most experienced beer competition organiser on the island of Ireland.

Derek Kerin - Derek is in charge of the computer system and a lead steward at the competition.