Hi, I’m Siobhan and I love drinking beer. I’m originally from the North of England, but I have called Scotland my home for over 10 years now.
I live in Edinburgh, a place which I adore due to its beauty, vibrancy and culture, but more importantly for the wealth of amazing pubs and bars in which to enjoy a tasty pint.
I love talking about and writing about beer, which is why I chose a career as a freelance writer and editor (I’m a Full Member of the British Guild of Beer Writers, too, as well as a Cicerone Certified Beer Server, and a judge for the Scottish Beer Awards!), and especially love it when beer crosses over with travelling. I have ‘itchy feet’ and enjoy planning trips to new places, exploring their culture and history – but also sampling the best local brews and food, and then telling people all about it.
I am a frequent contributor to Ferment magazine, both writing articles and editorially (for examples and links to my freelance writing, please visit my portfolio). In addition, I have been featured in Edinburgh’s i-on Magazine (page 80), where I shared my favourite spots around the city, was interviewed for Burum Collective about my work and my place in beer as a queer woman, and I worked with Hidden Trax in 2019 to create a podcast episode where I guide you around some of the best brewery taprooms in the New Town area of Edinburgh.
In early 2021, I used my platform on Instagram to highlight sexism, harassment and mistreatment in the craft beer industry, which led to appearances on national broadcast and print media, on podcasts, and at events – and I even won an award from Ferment Magazine for my efforts. As a queer woman, I also use my social media profiles to amplify the voices of marginalised genders and sexualities, and I started the Queer Beer Drinkers Edinburgh group for LGBTQI+ people interested in sampling (and learning about) craft beer.
As well as writing features, I can help your brewery can improve its online presence and run its events. I worked for Midlothian brewery Stewart Brewing for 10 months doing their social media and communications, leading beer tastings and beer pairing evenings, and helping out at their two taprooms – this means I am incredibly familiar with the ins and outs of a brewery, and the requirements and expectations from a communications point of view. Additionally, from June to November 2019 I worked with Edinburgh’s Craft Beer Experience festival, helping out on a freelance, part-time basis with all things communications and social media – from writing blog posts and press releases, to engaging with potential customers on social media through posts and competitions, to helping with coordinating the festival itself.
Finally, I have a lot of experience with public speaking, especially at events about beer and the industry – from panel discussions, to presentations, to cheese and beer pairings, to hosting bottle shares and tastings, I am comfortable in front of crowds and love chatting about all things craft beer.