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Is this Scotland’s best value craft beer festival? Indie Beer Scotland returns to Glasgow for 2024

Tickets are now on sale for Scotland’s biggest craft beer festival; Indie Beer Scotland returns to Clyde Rooms at Edmiston House in Glasgow on the 6th & 7th September 2024, with ticket and beer prices frozen from 2023. Featuring over two hundred different cask and craft keg beers from some of Scotland’s best independent craft breweries, plus cider & […]

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Jamie Delap of Fyne Ales named ‘Brewer of the Year 2024’ by the All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group

The UK’s biggest All-Party Parliamentary Group have named Jamie Delap of Fyne Ales as the 2024 Brewer of the Year at their annual awards dinner. The All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group (APPBG) named Delap as the winner not only for Fyne Ales’ brewing achievements, but for Jamie’s voluntary work on the Scottish Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) […]

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SIBA responds to latest Deposit Return Scheme announcement

Responding to the announcement by DEFRA on the Deposit Return Scheme fro drinks containers, Richard Naisby, Chair of SIBA, said: “To make the Deposit Return Scheme work for small independent breweries and consumers we need one scheme that is introduced with the same materials, the same rules and on the same day across the UK. […]

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New ‘Indie Beer Bar’ to showcase independent breweries at UK’s biggest drinks exhibition – Imbibe Live 2024

The Society of Independent Brewers and Associates (SIBA) have agreed a partnership with Imbibe Live for their July 2024 show, taking place at London’s Olympia Exhibition Centre. SIBA represent independent craft breweries and supplier companies across the UK and are the Big Voice of Independent Beer – fighting for a fairer deal for independent brewers in Government and showcasing their […]

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New figures show UK begins 2024 with fewer breweries than start of 2023 – with North of England worst hit 

Figures released today show the UK had less breweries overall on the 1st January 2024 than at the same time in 2023, with a -13 Net closure rate over twelve months. The figures released by the SIBA UK Brewery Tracker show the UK total number of active brewers now stands at 1815, compared to 1828 in January 2023. […]

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Close Brothers Brewery Rentals announces new Managing Director

We are delighted to announce that Ross Mair, has been appointed as Managing Director of Close Brothers Brewery Rentals. Having spent 18 years working for the Dutch brewer Heineken in various commercial roles throughout the UK and Europe, Ross joined the Brewery Rentals team two years ago as Commercial Director. Ross takes over from MD […]

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Independent breweries and pub consumers call for the Chancellor to increase Draught Relief to 20%

Increasing Draught Relief to 20% in the Chancellor’s Budget would provide the adrenaline shot the pubs and brewery sector needs to succeed, according to representatives of the sector. In a new joint campaign launched today, independent breweries and beer consumers are calling for the Chancellor to Make It 20% and increase the lower rate of duty for […]

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A Strong Christmas for the UK On Trade with ‘Mad Friday’ delivering the Biggest Sales of the Year

London, January 2024 – Christmas delivered a much-needed boost to the UK On Trade with the traditional ‘Mad Friday’ (the last Friday before the big day) producing a sales boost that demonstrated a resurgence to pre-pandemic drinking habits, with Draught Beer and Cider sales up +8.8% for December, with the last two weeks of the […]

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