Laura Hadland is a Midlands based food & drink writer and Creative Director of Thirst Media, which champions small businesses including pubs and breweries.
Laura is also a regional coordinator and digital officer for the Guild of Food Writers committee, a member of the British Beer Writers Guild and she is WSET Level 3 trained. She is an experienced food and drink judge as well.
According to Laura, she enjoys writing opinion pieces about current practice and trends in the F&B industry and regularly features on BBC Radio Leicester giving opinion on these issues.
Specialist areas that she particularly enjoys writing about include wine, beer and working with small independent businesses & producers. She believes that her knowledge of true Italian gelato is unparalleled among English speakers.
Referring to her words, she loves beer because of the people it brings her into contact with passionate brewers, dedicated landlords, and enthusiastic regulars. She wants to act as a champion for the small businesses that make their beer industry so wonderful.
Her work has been recognised with a number of awards, including a Highly Commended in Best Beer Writer for her first book, which was released in 2021 “50 Years of CAMRA”, which has also been shortlisted as the best beer book 2022 in the Gourmand Awards. Laura have spent 2020 dedicated to research and interviews for book. She tells the living history of one of the UK’s campaigns in it. She describes mock funerals held for breweries under threat of closure, mass rallies outside the Houses of Parliament and many other important stories.
Her publications on wine can be found at Muck Rack as well as her blog. Definitely she has her own style, pure English humour, incredible curiosity, and openness to the world, including the world of wine and gastronomy.