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


  • 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

See all news


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 Midlands Region

Representatives to the Midlands Region:

Anthony Hughes

Anthony Hughes

Lincoln Green Brewing Co Ltd

Lincoln Green Brewing Company Limited is a 10bbl microbrewery that was founded in May 2012 by husband and wife team Anthony and Lynette Hughes.

Lincoln Green takes its name from the colour of dyed woollen cloth associated with the legend of Robin Hood.

Proud to be brewing in Nottinghamshire and proud of the county’s strong brewing heritage, the company aims to operate in an environmentally aware manner, with a controlled delivery radius and sourcing goods and services from local businesses whenever possible.

Forming Lincoln Green Public House Company Limited, The Robin Hood (AND) Little John in Arnold opened in August 2014 as a joint venture between Lincoln Green Brewing Company and Everards Brewery in Leicestershire under their ‘Project William’ scheme. The scheme sees Everards purchase the freehold on a closed pub and then lease, on a free of tie basis, to the microbrewer. In May 2015, Lincoln Green took its’ second ‘Project William’ pub, The Sir John Borlase Warren and now has plans to increase the total portfolio to five outlets over the next five years.

Christopher Harrison-Hawkes

Christopher Harrison-Hawkes

Idle Brewery Ltd

Christopher (AKA Harry) lives and works in East Retford and has been a keen homebrewer from the age of 15. After school he went on to learn a strong work ethic, spending 10 years in the building trade. During this time Chris found he had a passion for Science and Engineering. He decided to return to academic study with the OU in 2008. Shortly after, a reignited passion for brewing led to him founding Idle Valley Brewery Ltd in 2014, with Guy & Barbara Curtis. Initially a 1.6 BBL Pilot, Chris designed and built a 10 BBL kit that was commissioned in 2016. Predominantly producing cask and bottle the brewery is operating with 48 BBL fermenting capacity and growing. The brewery also has a tap house, The Idle Valley Tap, in Retford.

John Allcroft

John Allcroft

Grafton Brewery

I commenced employment in the late 1950,s at Worksop and Retford Brewing Co who were merged with Tennant Brothers of Sheffield in the 1960,s and subsequently were taken over by Whitbread and Co who at the latter I held a variety of positions one being on the Executive board as Director Technical Service and Beer Quality working alongside Barry Gibbons who later became CEO Burgher King USA and UK. In 1984 I was appointed Quality Director on the Whitbread Breweries Board which included control of the five micro brew pubs in their portfolio. I ceased employment with Whitbread in 1990 as a result of them winding down their brewing operations I then joined Marston of Burton on Trent as Trade Quality Director Northern Region responsible for all trade quality including complaints.

After the merger of Marston with Wolverhampton and Dudley in 1999 I decided self-employment was the way forward and my wife and I purchased two pubs and started Grafton Brewing Co in an old stable block at the Packet Inn at Retford in 2006, also in that year we became a member of SIBA we have won many awards both SIBA and CAMRA for our beers since our inception. In 20015 I joined the SIBA board as a Director, 2016 saw us gain the SIBA FSQ Certificate. We also moved our brewery operation into Worksop up sizing because of demand to a 15 barrel plant.