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    Joule's Brewery Announcement: Crown Wharf Stone Purchased

    Joule’s Brewery is pleased to confirm today that it has now acquired land adjacent to the Trent and Mersey canal as it passes through Stone town centre.  The plot is known as Crown Wharf and was a part of the original Joule’s Brewery warehouse operation when the company exported Stone

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BeerX 2018

SIBA’s BeerX, the UK’s independent craft brewing trade show, has moved venue and will take place in Liverpool at the Exhibition Centre, 14th & 15th March 2018.

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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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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.


SIBA North West Region

Representatives to SIBA North West Region:

Dave Sweeney

Dave Sweeney (Chair)

Bank Top Brewery

David was born in St Asaph, Wales. At the age of 4, David moved to Australia with his £10 Pom parents, where they stayed for 10 years. A keen sportsman, David took up wrestling on his return to England at the age of 15, he was very successful and held numerous English and British titles during his career. Nowadays, you are more likely to find him in full swing on a picturesque golf course, although there has been mention of a wrestling comeback since the release of his ‘wrestling moves’ themed beers for 2013.

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.

A keen numismatist, should David find time away from the brewery, pub or golf course he can be found in his study at home, listening to Bruce Springsteen whilst updating his coin collection under the watchful eyes of his tropical fish!

Patsy Slevin

Patsy Slevin

Prospect Brewery

Patsy is a born and bred Wiganer with strong historical links to the town. A biology graduate, her first job was as a maths and science teacher in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, a town still close to her heart. From teaching she spent 20 years in the childcare profession from managing large children’s nurseries to taking on the role of operations Manager for a national childcare company.

After several years of travelling the country the miles began to take their toll so Patsy looked for a new venture, where she could work near home and care for her mother-in-law, Beth. The solution was right under her nose, brewing in her mother-in-law’s garage. A 5 barrel plant from Bank Top got her started and the rest as they say is history. Now operating a 12 barrel plant from an industrial unit Patsy now has 6 staff, including husband John. Patsy & John also have a Thwaites tenanted pub, The Silver Tally, and will open their second venue, Wigan Central, in December 2014.

In her spare time Patsy is a keen cook and an avid Cricket and Wigan Warriors supporter.

Shane Swindells

Shane Swindells

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.