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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SIBA South West Region

Representatives to the South West Region:

Guy Sheppard

Guy Sheppard (Chair)

Exe Valley Brewery

Born in Gloucestershire, Guy spent his formative years in the Midlands developing a liking of mild in the process. He opted out of accountancy after graduating at Exeter University and set up the wholesale brewers’ agents business of Sheppard & Mason in 1977, which was sold in 1991. Guy became part of Exe Valley Brewery in 1991; spent 10+ years as SW Treasurer of SIBA (can’t get completely away from accountancy!). Set up and still instrumental in ‘Ales from Devon’ , a consortium of local brewers participating in countywide events. Married to Sue, a priest in the Church of England, with 2 children both of whom have gone off to universities in Scotland.

Justin Hawke

Justin Hawke

Moor Beer Co Ltd

Justin Hawke is the owner & head brewer of Bristol’s Moor Beer Company. Originally from California, Justin discovered the delights of real ale when he visited England. Subsequently graduating from West Point, he lived in Germany where he developed a keen interest in unfined beer.

He then returned to California, learning how to brew the flavour forward beers of the burgeoning microbreweries. Returning to England, he founded the brewery in 2007. Since then it has expanded multiple times, been recognised as one of the world’s best breweries, started the unfined beer movement, and was the first to be certified by CAMRA for canned real ale.

Peter Martin

Peter Martin

Driftwood Spars Brewery

I started brewing commercially in 2004, starting the Bathtub Brewery out the back of a friend’s pub in Stithians near Truro.  My friend sold the pub and at the same time I happened to bump into the owner of the Driftwood Spars pub and B&B, Louise Treseder at St Austell beer festival, she had a brewery but no brewer.  I have been here for over 10 years now. We have developed the brewery and its range over this time winning various awards, including CAMRA Champion Winter Beer of Britain.  I have also been working with our chefs in the pub in this time, not only suggesting beer and food pairings but using beer as ingredient in various dishes including desserts.

A few years ago we decided to step up production and improve the operation.  At this point, I also became a business partner with Louise in the brewery.  I have always been passionate about beer and love to endlessly experiment with new ideas, techniques and ingredients to move the brewery forward as well as maintain a range of beers both traditional and modern styles.  I like to work closely with our suppliers and I have a particular interest in new English hop varieties emerging.  I am also a sculptor and my carvings can be seen around Cornwall and across the country, working for local councils, the Eden Project as well as private clients. 

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