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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BeerX, SIBA’s national event for independent craft brewers, businesses that supply products & services to breweries, representatives of the on & off-trade and those that enjoy drinking the wonderful beer SIBA members brew!

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SIBA South West Region

Representatives to the South West Region:

Guy Sheppard

Guy Sheppard

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.

Stephen Heptinstall

Stephen Heptinstall

Cotleigh Brewery

I’ve only really worked in the alcohol business and I am quite happy about that. First job, Sales and Marketing Assistant with the Seagram Overseas Sales Company in Johannesburg, South Africa. First assignment: to organise an Olmeca Tequila wet T-shirt competition. I was paid to do it.

Eight years later I was their Sales and Marketing Manager and a Director of Martell South Africa. Business had grown dramatically so I was transferred to London as an International Brand Manager for The Chivas & Glenlivet Scotch Group. Promoted to Director 2 years later looking after North and South America. 6 years later I was jetlagged, so transfered to Moscow as Marketing and Commercial Director for Russia and the Former Soviet Union. Made redundant when Seagram was bought by Diageo and Pernod Ricard. Used my redundancy package to buy Cotleigh Brewery in 2003. 11 years at Cotleigh Brewery already!!

Hobbies and Interests: Pulling pints in the Cotleigh Events Hall (especially on the Monthly Jazz Night).

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.

Justin Hawke

Kevin Newbould

Flying Monk Brewery

Having spent some 25 years in licensed catering operations in various prestigious venues including Heathrow Airport, Royal Ascot, Cheltenham, The Grand National and, with blue chip events such as the Bells Scottish Open along with all of the major county shows, then my career took an inevitable turn towards the brewing industry. Starting with ‘Wickwar Brewery’ back at the turn of the century I was quickly introduced into the rigorous role of business development and sales, this has been followed with a progressive career for other notable regional breweries both within this region and beyond. I have I believe a unique understanding of the cask ale market and that this perspective should be a key factor in both supporting and shaping SIBA in the present and indeed the future.