SIBA brewers dominate Indie Beer Can shortlist
Brewers within the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) have taken the majority of finalist places in the inaugural Indie Beer Can competition. Of the dozen shortlisted beers, 10 are brewed by SIBA members.
The Indie Beer Can competition was launched earlier this year by the Can Makers in partnership with SIBA and attracted more than 100 entrants. All 12 shortlisted beers, selected from paper applications, will now be canned – unless already available in a can – and judged at the Indie Beer Can Festival in September, where Gold, Silver and Bronze medal winners will be announced.
Nick Stafford, SIBA commercial director, said, “We’re delighted that our members have impressed at the initial stage of judging. The finalists include brewers large and very small, and a wonderful diversity of beer styles, which will now be showcased to buyers, beer writers and other influencers at the Indie Beer Can Festival.
“Craft beer in cans is a growing trend in many markets, notably the USA, and we’re pleased to have been involved in this competition, which has generated huge interest in this packaging format and helped a number of our members to explore it.”
The Indie Beer Can Festival takes place on 11 September in London. Judges include Tesco beer buyer Chiara Nesbitt; industry experts Adrian Tierney Jones and Jane Peyton; President of Cask Brewing Systems inc, Peter Love and Graham Fenton, Chairman of the Can Makers.
The SIBA finalists are:
Wadworth & Co: Beer Kitchen Orange Peel
Bateman’s Brewery: Orange Barley
Butcombe Brewery: Butcombe Gold
Windsor & Eton Brewery: Republika
Fyne Ales: Sanda Blonde
Springhead Brewery: Roaring Meg
Arbor Ales: Breakfast Stout
Concrete Cow Brewery: Dirty Cow
Adnams: Ghost Ship
Purity Brewing Company: Longhorn IPA
For more information on the Indie Beer Can competition, visit www.indiebeercan.co.uk