Headbrewers Ball was a born out of a lifelong love for heavy metal and a passion for good beer.

The brainchild of journalist and beer enthusiast John Consterdine, the blog came about whilst he was undertaking an MA in Multimedia Journalism at Manchester Metropolitan University.

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His MA dissertation was a documentary film called ‘Extreme Conditions: Extreme Responses’, which investigated the relationship between politics and extreme metal/punk in the UK. The film featured the likes of Napalm Death, Bolt Thrower, Crass, Venom Prison and Antisect.

As a journalist, his writing often appears on the pages of Iron Fist and Down For Life. Prior to that he was Online Editor for extreme metal tome Terrorizer and has had work published by Metal Hammer, Rock Sound, Channel 4 and a wealth of underground zines and blogs. His one IMDB credit comes from his time at the BBC.

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John is also a beer enthusiast and bar manager. A Cicerone Certified Beer Server, he has worked for Brewdog, Marble Beers, GRUB and Beatnikz Republic.

In his spare time, he puts out records and tapes via death metal/hardcore label Soaked In Torment Records.

For more of the above, follow John Consterdine on Twitter or follow Headbrewers Ball on Twitter.