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    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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SIBA North East Region

Representatives to the North East Region

Ian Fozard

Ian Fozard

Rooster’s Brewery

Ian qualified as an Accountant but quickly moved into General Management roles working in industry for 18 years becoming Operations Director of a major company. After taking voluntary redundancy, he started his own free house pub company in 1998 and grew this to 15 outlets across N&W Yorkshire. He’d been a CAMRA member since 1975 and had previously “dabbled” in alehouses with friends so this was natural progression!

He sold the pub business in 2011, simultaneously purchasing Rooster’s Brewing Co with his two sons – they run the business day to day; with Ian in a strategic and financial role.

Mark Anderson

Mark Anderson

Maxim Brewery

I am qualified accountant and was born in Wellington, Shropshire in 1962, I spent my teenage and early adult life in Sheffield. A keen sportsman I played indoor and outdoor hockey at Club, County and International levels but now succumb to the gentler game of golf.

I joined Wards Brewery in Sheffield as an assistant Accountant in 1985 and still remembers the first weeks induction programme which included delivering and racking 36 Gallon barrels of the famous and unique brew and of course a pint in every pub – ‘it was hard thirsty work’.

I have seen the changes brought about by the beer orders of 1989, the restriction of the number of tied pubs to large brewery groups and freeing of the tie to allow a guest ale. The results of which were leveraged superpubcos – Enterprise Inns, Pubmaster/Punch and Admiral taverns and the demise of large British owned Breweries.

I became Finance Director for Vaux Breweries (a FTSE 250 Company) – Sunderland in 1995. I was part of the MBO team that attempted to buy Vaux Brewery and a number of pubs in 1999 in the face of institutional determination to close the breweries and ‘asset strip’ the pubs and hotels.

In 2000 I was able to salvage registered, historic regional beer brands and recipes for example Double Maxim and Wards Best Bitter and in 2006/2007 purchased Scottish and Newcastles sophisticated and flexible pilot brewhouse and related equipment from Edinburgh and installed this at the new Maxim Brewery in the North East.

Dave Shaw

Dave Shaw

The Hop Studio

Dave started The Hop Studio in 2012 after a successful career in local government and with significant experience of consuming our national drink. Determined to do something useful for society we brew what we call Original British Craft Beer. We brew an everyday range of 8 cask and 6 keg beers and occasional beers brewed for a time or a place. Beers are also available in bottles. We do all this in a small 10BBL Brewery in Elvington which is just outside York. We enjoy ourselves a lot (sometimes).

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