"Cornell has the rare gift of being able to combine witty, accessible writing with a historian's obsession with detail and documentation." Toronto Star
Martyn Cornell is one of the world's leading experts on the history of beer styles, beer and brewing, and an award-winning author and blogger. He was a winner at the British Guild of Beer Writers' annual awards five years running, from 2011 to 2015, his work is used by the Slow Food Movement in Italy as part of its masters courses on beer, and he has spoken on beer and the history of beer styles at conferences in the United States, the Netherlands and Denmark, as well as the UK. He has been a journalist on national newspapers and magazines, in the UK and abroad, and a writer for more than 30 years, and first began writing about beer in 1980, since when his words on beers have been translated into German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Danish, and appeared in publications from the US to Hong Kong. Beer is far from the most important thing in his life (that would be his family first, music second and Queens Park Rangers third) but he enjoys beer greatly, and he enjoy talking about it and and writing about it, and exploring its many and varied ways. He was born on the site of an old pub - the Upper Flask, in Hampstead, North London, which vanished some time in the 18th century - and went to school in a building that had been an old coaching inn where Samuel Pepys once stayed on his way north, so perhaps he absorbed beery history from those walls. He can remember clearly his first pint, at the age of *hem*teen, in the garden of a Fremlins pub in Kent, not far from Whitstable, and being shocked at how amazingly, deliciously hoppy it tasted. Thousands of pubs, and many tens of thousands of beers later, he still looks forward to each new pint. Learning about beer, and the history of beer, has been a journey that has taken him around the world, and made him a huge number of friends. He was a founder member of the British Guild of Beer Writers and has won eight Guild awards in total, including a gold tankard for overall Beer Writer of the Year, Beer Book of the Year, Beer and Travel Writer of the Year, Beer and Food Writer of the Year and Beer Blogger of the Year. He invented the word zythophilia, meaning 'love of beer', and his blog, zythophile.co.uk, is one of the most popular beer blogs in Britain. Me has visited more than 70 breweries in over a dozen different countries, and his response to the question: "What's you're favourite beer?" is always: "Those who have a favourite beer don't really like beer enough."