A FemAle View is the beer website of freelance journalist and beer sommelier Sophie Atherton. She started it around five years ago when she left a staff job to go freelance and decided to specialise in beer writing. Here’s a bit more about her….

Sophie put 25 years of beer-drinking experience to good use by becoming the first woman in the UK to be accredited as a Beer Sommelier. A journalist (working in newspapers, radio and PR) for almost 15 years she now specialises in beer – writing regularly for CAMRA’s BEER magazine, the broadsheets and on this website. As well as writing about beer she also broadcasts and speaks about it, including appearances on BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour, Jamie & Jimmy’s Food Fight Club on Channel 4 and local radio.

Her work as a beer sommelier has been recognised by the All Party Parliamentary Beer Group, who made her their Beer Sommelier of the Year 2013, and she also holds a British Guild of Beer Writers Silver Award for her writing in national publications.

She hosts beer tastings up and down the UK, sharing her favourite brews and chatting with audiences as diverse as visitors to the Eden Project in Cornwall, agricultural show-goers, beer bloggers, parliamentarians and the WI.

Sophie also runs training workshops, judges at national and international beer competitions and does freelance PR and consultancy work, (one of her notable projects being for Kent Green Hop Beer Fortnight – kentgreenhopbeer.com).

As if all that wasn’t enough she is also one half of The Beertalkers  – a podcast she co-hosts with fellow British Guild of Beer Writers member Sam Hill.

**Blog header pic is courtesy of Charles Wells Ltd and was taken in April 2013 at the London launch of DNA, their collaboration with Dogfish Head.**



  1. Good work, Sophie.

    Refreshing to see a female who is passionate about real ale – can I say that?!

    I’ve found some really good beers at brewdog.com – personal favorite being the 5am Saint. So far!!

    Keep up the good work!


  2. Hello Sophie, we met recently at the Canterbury Food and Drink Festival. Thank you so much for your advice. I went to my first Beer Academy tasting night last week and I’m of to the How to Judge Beer Course on Thursday. Wish me luck and thanks once again for the inspiration 🙂 Lisa x

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