Leighton Smith is a London-based writer. An American, he moved to London in the autumn of 2010. Leighton started the London Beer Guide as a way to justify, in part, the inordinate amount of time and energy (not to mention money) he puts into keeping up with the beer-related goings-on in London, and to share with others what he learns along the way.
In addition to yielding a degree, Leighton’s university years provided the opportunity to explore the world of beer. His passion for beer began in 2007 when he started appreciating the modern American craft beer scene. This passion deepened further during a period of study in Europe in 2008, during which time Leighton travelled to Belgium, Germany and the Czech Republic.
Leighton has past experience in various segments of the beer industry, including wholesale distribution, bartending and brewing. He has also served as a beer judge and has organised tastings for weddings and other private events.