Simon started his career in Goole, but not even that hampered him. Cutting his teeth as a journalist in East Yorkshire and the Vale of Calder, Simon landed at the Yorkshire Evening Post in 1991 and never looked back, working for fifteen years at Leeds’ flagship evening newspaper.
Though now working at Leeds University, Simon still writes the Taverner column for the paper and in 2010 he won Best Writing in the UK Regional Press for his contribution to beer. It was an award which ultimately led to the deserved crown of 2010 Beer Writer of the Year, and the ominous duties of representing the beer industry (not to mention writing a speech for the following years awards do!). (more…)