Sophie Atherton

Sophie Atherton Freelance Journalist, PR Consultant & Beer Sommelier

I am a freelance journalist with almost 15 years experience of working in newspapers, PR and radio. I'm available for all sorts of commissions, big or small, national or regional and I also take on other writing jobs such as press releases, leaflets or blog content.

My specialist subject is beer - writing about which set me on the path to become the first woman in the UK to be accredited as a Beer Sommelier. I also continue to write about feminist issues and/or anything else which makes a good story.

My writing appears in national newspapers, such as The Guardian and The Telegraph; in specialist/trade publications such as CAMRA's BEER magazine and The Publican's Morning Advertiser and also in a variety of regional publications.

As well as writing jobs I do freelance PR work including consultancy and press office services. My experience in this field comes from the five years I spent managing the South West regional press office for the RSPB and more recently running the PR campaign for Kent Green Hop Beer Fortnight.

I also host beer tastings and similar events as well as giving talks about beer across the UK - and beyond if I'm asked!

As if all that wasn't enough I also blog about beer, co-host a podcast called The Beertalkers and regularly kick myself for not blogging about feminism more often.

If you want to commission/hire me to write for you, do your PR or run a beer tasting then do get in touch.


Mobile: 07946 112 025

You can also find me on Twitter... @SophWrites

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Ale tastings with Devon&apos;s own Beer Sommelier / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2013-05-22T00:00:00Z">Wed 22 May 2013</span>Ale tastings with Devon's own Beer Sommelier / Wed 22 May 2013

It won't be long before I celebrate my first anniversary of being accredited as a beer sommelier - the first woman in the UK to do so - although more soon followed. Since then I've hosted a number of beer tastings in...

Vote for Devon beer / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2011-09-22T00:00:00Z">Thu 22 Sep 2011</span>Vote for Devon beer / Thu 22 Sep 2011

There is more than one brewery in Devon - nearer 30 in fact - but one not too far from Torbay is competing in the Sainsbury's Great British Beer Hunt. You have till 27th Sept to give your support to Hunter's Brewery in I...

Women don&apos;t need a beer of their own! / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2011-08-25T00:00:00Z">Thu 25 Aug 2011</span>Women don't need a beer of their own! / Thu 25 Aug 2011

I wrote a piece for in July about a new beer aimed at women. I still haven't managed to taste said beverage, but I disliked the idea anyway! If you are a woman who's never tried beer change your life by ta...

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Beer tasting / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2013-05-30T00:00:00Z">Thu 30</span> to <span  itemprop="endDate" content="2013-05-31T00:00:00Z">Fri 31 May 2013</span> <span>(2 days)</span>Beer tasting / Thu 30 to Fri 31 May 2013 (2 days)

Join me in the NFU's Countryside Kitchen at the Royal Bath & West Show to hear about and taste some of the UK's finest beers! Ticket to show required but sessions are free. Thurs 30th May: 11.15am, 1pm and 4.45pm. ...