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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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.

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SIBA East Region

Representative to the East Region:

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.

Marcus Beecher

Marcus Beecher

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.