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.
SIBA, the Society of Independent Brewers, was established in 1980 to represent the interests of the growing number of independent breweries in Britain.
SIBA launches new Brewers in the Community Report & announces its Brewer in the Community winner
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.
Isle of Man
Bank Top Brewery
By trade David is a Mechanical Engineer, he worked his way through the ranks at Beloit Walmsleys for 19 years, the latter of which he spent travelling the world installing and repairing paper machines before redundancy loomed.
With his wife Angela and son Ben to support David began work the very next day at Bank Top Brewery as the Company’s first employee. Having always had a keen eye for the beer, David had obviously found his calling and in 2004 bought controlling shares in the brewery. In 2008 David’s dream of owning the brewery outright was realised, increasing staffing levels to 9 full time employees including 1 Herriot-Watt graduate brewer and has recently funded his son through the first level of the General Certificate of brewing with the IBD.
In 2010 Bank Top Brewery Estates was formed and a derelict pub underwent a dramatic transformation to become The Brewery Tap. Initially having 6 cask pumps, alongside the lager and cider fonts, the popularity and variety of cask ale available has seen the cask ale pumps increase to 9. David hopes this success will be mirrored in a further 3 public houses sometime in the not too distant future.
Brewing is my second career. Work started with a telecoms apprenticeship, then roles as commissioning engineer, lecturer and finally with a variety of sales & marketing roles. After a 30 year career in the telecoms industry, having travelled and worked in over 60 countries, I opened Peerless Brewing as a 10bbl brewery back in November 2009.
Peerless Brewing is now a 20bbl brewery and we are dedicated to brewing a range of modern style quality ales. My approach is to ensure we brew efficiently and with a high standard of care.
When not brewing, I can generally be found with my nose in a book or in a pub doing market research!
The Cheshire Brewhouse
Shane Swindells is the Head Brewer & Owner of The Cheshire Brewhouse in Congleton, Cheshire. Shane has been connected with beer since he was 6yrs old, as the son of a publican. During his career in Maintenance engineering he came back into Brewing as a maintenance & planning engineer at Molson Coors Burton Brewery, prior to setting up The Cheshire Brewhouse in 2012.