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  • 28Jun

    SIBA welcomes Brewers Association's independent craft brewers seal

    "We are aligned with the Brewers' Association that independence is a hallmark of craft brewing with our own 'Assured Independent British Craft Brewer' seal and welcome their commitment to driving forward beer from independent craft brewers with this new certification. Now, whether beer drinkers are in the UK or the

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ANNUAL REPORT 2017

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.

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ASSURED INDEPENDENT BRITISH CRAFT BREWERS

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.

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Containers

  • Guidelines for Container Purchase

    Guidelines For The Purchase Of Beer Kegs/Casks – Both New & Secondhand.

    Launched at SIBA Conference 2010.

    Click here for the guidelines.

  • Keg & Cask Disposal & Scrapping (TC 423) and Accredited Scrap Yards

    Keg and Cask disposal and scrapping accreditation. Includes list of accredited sites
    Click here for accredited sites

    Click here for Keg & Cask disposal and scrapping best practice guidelines

    As the problem of keg and cask losses has grown, it has become apparent that an industry accredited and audited system for disposing of casks and kegs is essential to reduce the risk of misappropriation and enhance the chances of a successful prosecution in the event of illicit handling and disposing of containers.
    The objective of the attached best practice is to ensure:
    * Containers are only sold or scrapped by the containers’ legitimate owner or their appointed representative.
    * Containers sold for scrapping are actually scrapped.

    All scrap yards seeking accreditation must be sponsored by a brewery, ideally their closest local brewer. If BBPA members wish to nominate their local scrap yard for accreditation they should first provide a copy of the latest version of TC423 to the yard before contacting Steve Livens at the BBPA with all necessary contact details who will coordinate the process further.
    Kegwatch Ltd, on behalf of the industry, will carry out the accreditation process. Once completed, details will be posted on the BBPA website. Whilst we would recommend that brewers use only accredited scrap yards, the scheme is entirely voluntary and brewers are in no way obliged to do so.

    Click here to go to the BBPA page.

  • Keg & Cask Supply Chain Best Practice (TC 418)
  • Minimising Levels of Aluminium within Beer (TC 447)
  • Colour Banding

    THE COLOUR BANDING REGISTER IS CURRENTLY MOVING TO A NEW SERVER. APOLOGIES FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE CAUSED

    The Latest Cask Colour Banding Register CLICK HERE FOR THE REGISTER

    About Cask Colour Banding

    The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) & Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) maintain an informal container colour band registration scheme on behalf of UK brewers.
    The colour band combinations are created using colours:

    Black 00-E-53 (9005)
    Light Green 12-E-53 (6018)
    Blue (light) 18-E-51 (5012)
    Spruce Green 14-C-39 (6005)
    Blue (mid) 18-E-53 (5005)
    Orange 06-E-51 (2003)
    Brown 08-B-29 (8016)
    Red 04-E-53 (3020)
    Yellow 10-E-53 (1018)
    White 00-E-55 (9003)
    Cream (No RAL)
    Gold (No RAL)
    Grey (No RAL)
    Purple (No RAL)
    Pink (No RAL)

    The colours shades derive from the British Standard BS 4800 series (1972) but similar shades are also used from the RAL system.
    The bands are applied side by side, separated by a small gap, usually between the rolling rings of the containers.
    – Single Bands are only noted to be in use because these pre-dated the scheme and were not allocated on an organised basis.
    – Double Bands were originally registered by the BBPA exclusively on behalf of individual companies. However, some smaller brewers adopted similar colour bands without knowledge of the registration scheme and every effort has been made since to avoid duplication.
    – Triple Bands were adopted when double colour combinations were exhausted.

    Any queries or amendments should be directed to dsheen@beerandpub.com or containers@siba.co.uk.
    This is a voluntary system with the aim of avoiding duplication. The BBPA and SIBA cannot be held responsible for any errors or misunderstandings arising from the sorting/collection of containers.
    Colour bands should be regarded as an aid to identification and not a definitive system.
    Containers should be identified by all means available, i.e. brewers name stamped on container, product labels etc.

  • Draft Container Standards & Specifications

    There are a number of documents recommended by the industry to address best practice in the design, manufacture, purchase and performance of reusable draught beer containers.

    Please follow the link below and then choose the link to the document referring to the type of container you are interested in.

    The information in these documents may be helpful in ensuring due diligence, and you may wish to look at them, or pass them on to your supplier, before ordering any containers.

    http://www.bfbi.org.uk/keg-and-cask/keg-and-cask–information

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