SIBA, the Society of Independent Brewers, was established in 1980 to represent the interests of the growing number of independent breweries in Britain.

Join Now


The launch of SIBA’s first ever strategic plan in 2015 set a road map for the Society for the next three years. The primary objective of this annual report is to set out the impact of the many projects and activities we have carried out in the last twelve months to give members a clear view of the work we have been doing on their behalf.



An ‘Assured Independent British Craft Brewer’ is a brewery which has agreed to abide by SIBA’s Manual of Good Brewing Practice – meaning you get a beer of the highest quality, crafted with the utmost care.

Find out more

SIBA Food Safety & Quality FAQs

  • Why has the scheme been created?
    Multiple retailing groups are increasingly demanding food safety and quality assurance from their suppliers. Retailers considering becoming customers of SIBA wish to differentiate between good and poor brewers and the latter must be seen to have ongoing process of raising these quality standards.
  • Do I need to be SIBA FSQ audited?
    If you are a brewer currently trading on Beerflex and do not have a SALSA, NSF or BRC accreditation certificate then yes you do. By August 2017 all Brewers trading on Beerflex must hold a valid SIBA FSQ certificate, SALSA, NSF or BRC certificate.
  • I am not on Beerflex do I still need the SIBA FSQ?
    No, you do not. SIBA Brewing Members can remain members of SIBA without being FSQ enrolled, however, you can choose to be audited should you wish.
  • How much does it cost?
    The cost of the SIBA FSQ is £300 per year. £600 for 2 years cover that is payable over a 10 month period.
  • How long will it take?
    The audit will take no longer than a morning or afternoon.
  • Who will carry out my audit?
    Audits will be carried out by a independent assessor who will be professionally qualified. The auditor will call to introduce him/herself before they visit.
  • How will I know when my audit is?
    You will be contacted by SIBA with a proposed month for your audit. Should this not be convenient you can request a month of your choice by simply responding to the email advising with the contact details that are requested.
  • How will I receive my results?
    Following your audit and discussion with your auditor, the auditors’ report will be sent to the SIBA Food Technologist who will review and send on to SIBA who in turn will forward to you. The report will show one or more of the following categories:

    • Critical: based on SIBA Manual of Good Brewing Practice, a condition of membership; based on HACCP, a legal requirement; based on labelling, a legal requirement. Evidence of corrective action must be received within 28 days of the audit report being received by the brewery for the brewery to remain enrolled in the SIBA FSQ.
    • Major: A brewer will be required to take immediate food safety actions, raised when a system that is needed to the proper operation of the brewery is not in place or systems that are supposed to be in place are not followed. Evidence of corrective action must be received within 12 months of the audit report being received by the brewery for the brewery to remain enrolled in the SIBA FSQ.
    • Recommendations: the auditor can make recommendations to improve the breweries systems – sharing best practice. A recommendation is raised when the brewery has the required systems in place but there are intermitted instances where the systems are not followed.

    More specifically the scheme of standards will include:

    • HACCP
    • Raw materials
    • Brewing process and record keeping
    • Packaging process and record keeping
    • Cleaning regime
    • Premises maintenance
    • Testing procedures
    • What happens when I am enrolled?
    • Once enrolled you will receive a certificate of enrolment from SIBA.
  • What happens if I do not get enrolled following my audit?
    All Brewers will become enrolled at some point. You may have received feedback of a Critical category or a Major. SIBA will make ‘Tools’ available to assist in resolving these issues.
  • Will I need a further visit if I receive Critical or Major?
    No you will need to provide written evidence that these have been resolved.
  • How do I keep up to date with the enrolment?
    12 months following your audit you will be required to provide written evidence on-line, that proves you are maintaining or improving standards.

For any queries of questions you may have please contact the SIBA FSQ team at burtonoffice@siba.co.uk

Background to FSQ
To read more about why SIBA’s Food Safety Quality (FSQ) was created please read Mike Benner’s Last Word column from December’s issue of the SIBA Journal.