M&C Report's drinks writer Ben McFarland has been recognised by his peers as the leading beer writer in the UK. McFarland was named Beer Writer of the Year at the prestigious British Guild of Beer Writers Annual Awards. As well as contributing to M&C Report, the journalist also writes for OLN, The Publican, Theme, Wine & Spirit magazine, as well as a clutch of national newspapers such as The Guardian and The Independent on Sunday. This was the 19th year of the competition. Alistair Gilmour, chairman of the judges and last year's winner, said: “Ben is an exceptional talent and his knowledge and passion for beer really comes across in his journalism.”