PLANNING COMMITTEE

LEIGH NORWOOD

CGBW CHAIR

Day Job: Owner of Cheltenham’s specialist beer shop – Favourite Beers

Favourite Beer(s): Anything dark and strong in both alcohol and flavour but particularly keen on Belgian quadruppels or barrel aged Imperial stouts.

About Me: I opened Favourite Beers in 2010 having met, and been impressed with, many of the people in the local beer industry whilst organising the beers for the Cheltenham Beer Festival (now the Cheltenham Craft Beer and Cider Festival) – which I have been helping to run over the past 12 years to raise funds for Cheltenham Samaritans. Since opening the shop, I have written several beer related articles for the press and beer related magazines and I became a member of the British Guild of Beer Writers in 2012. I have also been a regular judge at the International Beer Challenge and numerous other beer festivals. In 2016 I instigated and organised the successful first Cheltenham Beer Week and even contributed to the creation of the collaboration beer brewed for the week.

I don’t treat working at Favourite Beers as a job – in my view I have now retired from my old Software Engineering Career and I am just doing my hobby – a hobby where I can take my dog with me!

TONY LUCAS

CGBW PRESS & MEDIA

Day Job: Advertising and Design Copywriter

Favourite Beer(s): Titanic Plum Porter, anything from Arbor, Deya, Salopian or from Belgium. Best beer of all time – Salopian Gingersnap (4.7% ginger wheat beer) from late 90’s/early millennium.

About Me: A beer drinker since 1974 (when beer really was 13p a pint). I am active in CAMRA as a branch official and as a CAMRA trained Bar Manager. Moving to Cheltenham exposed me to so many great venues and events. I discovered new beer styles, fresh ideas in brewing, the revelation of modern keg and even canned beers! I believe in supporting and promoting great beer, regardless of the dispense method.

SHANDIN RICKARD-HUGHES

CGBW MARKETING LEAD

Day Job: Director & Tour Guide, Brewerism Brewery Tours

Favourite Beer(s): Sours and dank & juicy pales are my jam at the moment. Azacca, Vic Secret, Mosaic and Citra are my stand out hop varieties.

About Me: I moved to Cheltenham from Oregon in 2014. I was really into the craft beer movement from the moment I turned 21, and I began spending what little money I had on quality brews and beer festivals. I made my first professional foray into beer here in 2015, when I took a summer job working at the Cotswold Brewing Company running brewery tours. There I met Theo Freyne and jumped on board the DEYA team, helping out in the taproom. In June 2016 I launched my own beer business, Brewerism Brewery Tours. Now I spend most of my time talking about and tasting beer, which is great fun. I love travelling and always make it a priority to check out the beer scene in each new city and country that I visit. Collaboration, quality and education are important to me so I’m stoked to be involved in Cheltenham & Gloucester Beer Week, bringing good beer to the people. Cheers.

STEVE KNIBBS

CGBW TREASURER

Steve discovered a love of proper beer about ten years ago and has become irritatingly obsessed with drinking it ever since.

Many things make him happy but sitting in a pub with a fabulous beer and chatting with friends is difficult to beat. Especially if you serve him a hop-packed, fresh, double IPA.

PHIL DAVIES

CGBW WEBSITE DESIGNER & MAP PREPRESS (ask your parents)

The closest shop to my house is Favourite Beers.

I hang around in there a lot.

In doing so I've ended up designing the programme for the last few years.

I've taken on the website design this year. Ooops!

WILL GEE

CGBW BRANDING DESIGNER & HEAD OF SOCIAL MEDIA

Day job: Graphic Designer during the day, a Dad during the evening and weekends.

Favourite beer(s): Juicy, dank New England IPA'S and DIPA's, namely Arbors Space Hardware, Jai Alai by Cigar City Brewing and anything by Verdant, LHG and DEYA.

About me: I moved to Cheltenham 12 years ago with work. Sadly, i only discovered Favourite Beers about 3 years ago!!! All that beer drinking time i've missed!

My craft beer journey only really started about 3 years ago and by accident really. Bored of generic lagers, I decided to do a 52 week ale challenge, 1 different beer every week for the year, with more real ales from around cotswolds pubs and supermarkets. It was only when I discovered Favourite Beers and tried Bristol Beer Factories Southville Hop and Arbors Why kick a moo cow, that i started to appreciate the power of flavoursome hops and it blew my mind. That led me onto more of the trendy craft breweries like Beavertown and Brewdog and I've never looked back since.

Cheltenham and Gloucester Beer Week has given me the opportunity to combine my love of craft beer and design, as since 2016, I've volunteered my services to brand the events.

Enjoy.