SIBA responds to 'call' for brewers to remove isinglass from cask beer production
SIBA have today responded to reports in the media, specifically this article on the BBC website, which falsely claim CAMRA are calling for brewers to remove isinglass finings from their beer production. This press coverage came about as a result of a press release launched by CAMRA to mark the launch of the Good Beer Guide 2017 which simply stated more brewers are now moving away from isinglass finings – no call for stopping using isinglass was made by CAMRA and they have issued a clarirication to the press stating this.
SIBA have issued a statement to the trade press to clarify our position:
Mike Benner, SIBA (Society of Independent Brewers) MD, said “The beauty of British beer today is its innovation, diversity and wide appeal and some consumers enjoy unfined beers and we are seeing more of these in pubs and on shop shelves while many others enjoy the sparkling clarity of a pint. Isinglass has been used as a traditional fining processing aid for hundreds of years, not just in some beers, but in some wines too. The finings effectively gather the yeast sediment into the bottom of the beer cask and it’s part of the process in brewing many thousands of excellent beers. They are not typically consumed in the final pint from the bar and are odourless and flavourless.”