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Stephen Beaumont

Stephen BeaumontBiography

Stephen Beaumont has been covering the global brewing industry for three decades. During that time, he has written literally thousands of articles and columns for publications ranging from Playboy to The Globe and Mail newspaper and has authored or co-authored 14 books, including two editions of The World Atlas of Beer (with Tim Webb) and his most recent, Will Travel for Beer.

Stephen finds that the best way to understand a beer is by going to where it is brewed, so he travels frequently and extensively. In addition to tasting and writing, he frequently speaks at industry conferences, hosts tutored tastings and beer dinners and consults for hospitality companies. When not on the road, he makes his home in downtown Toronto, Canada.

Columns by Stephen Beaumont

Comment - Beer - BeaumontComment - Beer - Beaumont's Brews

Award-winning writer and author Stephen Beaumont gives us his monthly thoughts on what is keeping the global beer industry busy.

Articles by Stephen Beaumont

Why beer consumers care less about the detail than you do - Comment 24 July 2019

While brewers around the world are keen to highlight any point of differentiation from their competitors, they risk losing sight of the bigger prize. Category commentator Stephen Beaumont has a warning for those in beer focussing their efforts at the geekier end of the consumer spectrum.


Could consumers' reputations be the growth-driver for lower-alcohol brews?Low-alcohol - Where the beer growth lives - Comment 27 June 2019

Historically, the brewing industry has enjoyed the race to the top, in abv terms. Category commentator Stephen Beaumont, however, believes the brewers that have stopped and turned in the opposite direction are best-placed to capitalise on the trend among consumers towards lower-strength brews.


 Is diversification the future for beer? - Comment 29 May 2019

From operating way beyond the beer category to selling off so-called non-core assets, brewers are now looking for growth elsewhere again. just-drinks' beer commentator, Stephen Beaumont, considers the cyclical history and looks at where the world's brewers are now.


Does the replacement of brand Carlsberg in the UK with Carlsberg Danish Pilsner signify a turning point in the wider beer category?Big beer versus craft beer - Is the fight finally over? - Comment 23 April 2019

For beer commentator Stephen Beaumont, the recent activities by Carlsberg in the UK signal the end of the war between 'big beer' and craft beer.


What should Carlsberg - and CEO Cees 't Hart - focus on in the coming years?What will be Carlsberg's priorities for the years ahead? – Analysis 21 March 2019

Following on from just-drinks' analysis this month of Carlsberg's performance over the last five years, beer commentator Stephen Beaumont considers the takeaways for the wider brewing industry.


Bud Light's ingredients claims prompted a social media row in the US earlier this monthHow much do consumers care about the ingredients in their beer? - Comment 21 February 2019

Earlier this month, a very public row broke out in the US over ingredients claims in the nation's beers. Stephen Beaumont takes a look at the in-fighting, but remains unconvinced of the need for such concerns.


How will 2019 treat the world's brewers?What's coming up in beer in 2019? - Predictions for the Year Ahead - Comment 22 January 2019

Our category commentators are all looking forward this month, sharing their forecasts for the year ahead. Next up, we have Stephen Beaumont with his thoughts on the next 12 months in the global beer category.


Heineken's purchase of Lagunitas offers a template for international brewers to grow in the coming yearsHow the global beer category will face the growth challenges of the future - Comment 6 December 2018

Bringing the curtain down on 2018, our resident beer commentator, Stephen Beaumont, looks at the growth-driving strategies of the past and predicts how these strategies will morph in the coming years.


South America is the place to be if you're looking for the next big thing from craft beerWill South America drive the next wave of craft beer growth? - Comment 25 October 2018

Our resident beer commentator returns, not just for his latest look at the beer world, but also from his travels. Stephen Beaumont tells us about his time spent in South America this month, and why he thinks the region is set to hog the craft beer headlines going forward.


What brewers need to be aware of before stepping into cannabis - Comment 25 September 2018

With brewers eyeing the cannabis industry with both interest and enthusiasm, beer commentator Stephen Beaumont has some words of warning for them, before they take their first steps into unknown territory.




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