Melissa Cole

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Melissa Cole

Award-winning journalist Melissa is widely acknowledged as one of the UK’s leading beer & food experts, renowned for her insightful and engaging writing style, sense of humour and ability to translate complicated beer jargon into something everyone can understand – often through food, because there aren’t many people who don’t like booze and food together!

With nearly 20 years in the industry, she’s a strong advocate for equality in beer and has received accolades and awards for her three books, the latest The Beer Kitchen: the art & science of cooking & pairing with beer joins The Little Book of Craft Beer and Let Me Tell You About Beer and she’s about to start working on a fourth.

However, it doesn’t stop there, Melissa truly immerses herself in the world of beer and food, judging competitions from Amsterdam to Brazil and America to Australia, and brewing beers with some of the world’s most respected brewers like Odell, Brasserie de la Senne and Fuller’s, there’s not much she doesn’t get her hands dirty doing when it comes to the beer game. She’s also sought after by restaurants, like the world-famous St John, to help construct beer lists and curates the beer offering at some of the hottest food event tickets in town like Meatopia – and as if that wasn’t enough, she is also launching a corporate beer tasting business later in the year.

You can find Melissa on Twitter @MelissaCole

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