The Future of Small Breweries’ Relief

SIBA launches its proposals for SBR and issues a ‘rallying cry’ to industry to back SIBA’s policies for positive reform.

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

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Community Report

SIBA launches new Brewers in the Community Report & announces its Brewer in the Community winner

Brewers in the community


An ‘Assured Independent British Craft Brewer’ is a brewery which has agreed to abide by SIBA’s Food Safety & Quality standard – meaning you get a beer of the highest quality, crafted with the utmost care.

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SIBA East Region

Representative to the East Region:

Marcus Beecher

Marcus Beecher (Chair)

Elgood & Sons Ltd

I have worked at Elgoods Brewery for the last 9 years looking after Free Trade sales, National Accounts and Export. I have been in the brewing Industry for the last 33 years, since I left school, first working for Alumasc Ltd and then Samuel Smith (Old Brewery) where I gained valuable experiences in the industry.

Stuart Bateman

Stuart Bateman

George Bateman & Son Ltd

Having originally been a PE teacher (about 4 stone ago!) I trained for 3 years at Mansfield Brewery in the late 1980s, before returning to Wainfleet in the middle of a bust up between the 3 shareholding families, which took 3 years to resolve and then about another 15 years to recover from. The resolution being to sell off much of the company and make a major push into free trade. Anyway, having joined my father as Assistant MD, I became MD in the early 1990s.
I love cask ale (a little too much!) and am concerned about how we can develop exciting cask and keg beers together, rather than one at the expense of the other. I also believe strongly that the freshening up of the PBD regulations would be of great benefit to all.

Sam Abbott

Sam Abbott

Lincolnshire Brewing Co

Hi, my name is Sam Abbott, I am the recently appointed brewery and events executive co-ordinator here at Lincolnshire Brewing Company, however I have worked with Karl and Claire Brown the proprietors since before we were established in 2014. We are of course based in Lincoln where we also have a crafty beer shop called the crafty bottle and the recently acquired George pub just outside Lincoln in Langworth where we have moved the brewery to as well. I am really looking forward to working for SIBA over the coming year and look forward to meeting lots of new brewers and associates, learning from them whilst trying to represent the smaller brewing members of SIBA.