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.

Main Headline Sponsors

SIBA BeerX18

SIBA Wales & West Region

Representatives to SIBA Wales and West Region

Buster Grant

Buster Grant (SIBA National Chairman)

Brecon Brewing

Having always enjoyed a decent beer, getting involved in the trade was probably inevitable… I first got involved with CAMRA in 1992 whilst I was working in the iconic White Horse in Parsons Green, London. I was seconded to the GBBF to help on a brewery bar, which was an extraordinary experience to say the least. Having missed 93′s GBBF – it was a little far to commute from South Africa…- I’ve been involved every year since then – surely a sign of madness…

Speaking of signs of madness, having left Newcastle Uni with a degree in Archaeology (a future in ruins, etc), I ended up, via a South Africa Gold Mining company, back in London doing a couple of weeks Sound Engineering for a friend.

This predictably turned into several years work, doing all sorts of weird and wonderful stuff, mostly on the conference side, some of which I can even talk about… With the Millennium looming, I decided it was time think seriously about the future, so ended up back at University, doing an MSc in Brewing and Distilling – at least this way the visits to the Pub were coursework rather than just being a wastrel…)

Having completed the MSc, I moved to Henley to work for Brakspear’s, and when that fine brewery sadly closed, an opportunity arose at a new brewery in Brecon, so off to Wales I went…
In 2007, I started working towards forming a brewing trade association in Wales, and in 2008 the Association of Welsh Independent Brewers, (which I still Chair), was created.
In 2011, the opportunity arose to start a new brewery, as all attempts to work with the existing company had floundered, so Brecon Brewing was born.
As well as an obvious passion for beer, I still find a little time to play with Land Rovers, and occasionally manage to get out and race…

Chris Gooch

Chris Gooch (Regional Chair)

Teme Valley Brewery

I have been the brewer at The Teme Valley Brewery since 1997. I studied biochemistry at university but came to brewing later while I was working on a hop farm. I have passed the Institute of Brewing General Certificate and then passed the Brewing Diploma in 2016. Ours is the only brewery in Worcestershire with SALSA accreditation. I find brewing endlessly rewarding as a technical pursuit – there is literally no end to the ways in which it can go wrong. After 20 years I am tiring of the sales and marketing but it has been easy to find someone with more enthusiasm to take it over. When I have the time I can be seen cycling.

Norman Pearce

Norman Pearce

Corvedale Brewery

Born North London on 1st January 1947 and moved to the new of town of Hemel Hempstead in 1953, married to Teresa for 35 years with 4 children, 2 boys and 2 girls, and a growing number of grandchildren!

Left school at the age of 15 (yes 15) and served a 5 year motor vehicle apprentice starting at the age of 16, first weeks pay was £2.10s (£ 2.50), on finishing apprenticeship had a year on the old GPO repairing chain saws to 30 ton lorries, it was like early retirement! Then in November 1968 Shell mex and B.P opened the now famous Buncefield oil depot (the one that had the big fire) so I started at Buncefield in January 1969 repairing road tankers Leyland, Scammell, A.E.C, E.R.F and many long gone names. In the end testing and inspecting vehicles for repair and M.O.T.

Then in the summer of 1983 I saw a closed Whitbread pub in the heart of Shropshire and Teresa let me put a offer in with out her seeing it, but when Teresa saw it she to fell in love with the Sun Inn @ Corfton so in November 1984 Teresa, myself and four small children moved in to a run down pub with no heating, damp and broken windows. Our claim to fame came in the mid 90s when the pub was voted the most committed pub in the UK meeting requirement of disabled people (beating JDW and Beefeaters restaurants in the final at the Savoy hotel).

Every year from, I think it was 1993 to 2011, my week’s holiday was working at GBBF but in 2009 I helped to get Ludlow Spring Festival of the ground and now help run it with over 200 beers and 5000 visitors.
By 1998 the Sun Inn had served over 1000 guest ales, so it was now time to build a brewery and brew our own beer so in the summer of 1999 Corvedale brewery was born so now I had a pub and a brewery.
Back in approx. 2001 I was co-opted on to SIBA council and have been on council since all bar a couple of years.

The pub and brewing industry has come a long way in 30 years some good and some bad but I am still committed to providing a good pint.

Wilf Nelson

Wilf Nelson

Salopian Brewery

I’ve been in the drinks trade all my working life, working for 10 years as a wine importer before taking on Salopian Brewery in 1998. I was always envious of the total control the winemakers had over their production – from the fermentation through to sales and distribution, so when the chance came to have a similar business I jumped straight in. In 1998 Salopian was the smallest brewery in the country not attached to a pub (brewlength a princely 2 ¼ barrels). Life was very different then – 250 brewers, full duty rate and very little access to market (lack of available pubs and a lack of landlords willing to try something different), but we made a go of it and after nearly 20 years we now have a 50 barrel brewery and a healthy order book.
Salopian has always been a SIBA member and has benefitted from that over the years. Brewing is very different today and market conditions are changing rapidly, I would hope that my experience of the good times as well the bad will allow me to help direct SIBA on to the right course in the coming year.