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 South East Region

Representatives to the South East Region:

Ed Mason

Ed Mason

Five Points Brewing

Ed Mason is the Managing Director & Owner of The Five Points Brewing Company, based in Hackney, East London.

Brewing commercially since March 2013, The Five Points brew a range of flavourful craft beers sold in cask, keg, bottle and cans on their 20BBL brewhouse in Hackney.

Having brewed only ales for a long time they recently launched their first lager, Five Points Pils, in 2016. Ed is active within the brewing and pub industry and organises the three times a year London Brewers’ Market event showcasing the wide range of London breweries, and also owns the legendary Whitelocks Ale House in Leeds, and Five Points’ sister bar ‘Mason & Company’ in London.

Iain McIntosh

Iain McIntosh

Red Cat Brewing

Iain has lived in Winchester for the last 32 years after short spells in Bedfordshire (Unilever Research), Reading (University), and growing up in Fife in Scotland. His previous career lives include biochemistry research, food process engineering, animal nutrition, and IT. He’s been brewing professionally for 11 years, having previously run The Flowerpots Brewery in Hampshire 2006-11. Non-beer related interests include wine, food, travel, blues music, guitar, and cats. Iain set up Red Cat Brewing with his business partner and fellow brewer Andy Mansell in 2013.

Tom Bott

Tom Bott

Signature Brew

Tom Bott is the Founder and Head Brewer of Signature Brew in Leyton, East London.

Signature Brew was established in 2011 by Tom and his cousin Sam, and was born out of their mutual frustration at the state of beer in UK music venues. They set about changing the landscape for beer drinkers at gigs, firstly recruiting internationally renowned bands and musicians to create collaboration beers and now through their core range of music inspired beers, packaged in keg, can and cask. Tom first got involved in beer through his dad and uncle who run Titanic Brewery in Stoke-on-Trent. It was here during his formative years that he experienced the many facets of brewing life and so began his infatuation with beer.”