2018’s Drinks Business Awards: profiling the recipients

The Alan Lodge Award for Young Drinks Writer of the Year

Winner

Dan Q. Dao

The award was collected on behalf of Dan by Alan Lodge’s parents, Colin and Margaret

Dan Q. Dao is a 24-year-old writer based in New York City covering the drink, travel, and culture sectors.

Dan’s background as a bartender means he really has his finger on the pulse of the industry. In the past he has written and edited the ‘Drinking’ section of Time Out New York and served as deputy digital editor at Saveur Magazine. Currently, he tends the bar at Middle Branch, a classic cocktail bar in NYC, and covers food and drink for Playboy, Vice Munchies, and Paper Magazine.

This year, the calibre of entries to the award proved exceptionally high, but the panel was unanimously impressed by Dan’s work, which showed wonderful colour, structure and flow, and provided an excellent sense of the people and places behind the products. The features took readers on a journey and demonstrated excellent understanding of subject matter.

Young Achiever

Tom Bell

This year’s recipient is a 29 year-old avid Rugby player who, realising that he was consuming large amounts of liquid calories between matches, set out to find a drink that was less fattening but still tasted good. After setting up Skinny Booze (an online shop) from his garage in Cheadle at the age of just 23, our recipient saw the scale of demand for low-calorie alcoholic beverages.

As a result, he set up Skinny Brands, a company that now selling 2 million bottles of Skinny Lager. And, late last year, he secured one and half million pounds in funding to expand the operation.

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