Concerned Scottish Brewers write open letter to Cabinet Secretary Roseanna Cunningham on Deposit Return

A group of small brewers from across Scotland have today (10 December 2019) written an open letter to the Scottish Government on the proposed Deposit Return Scheme (DRS). This comes as the consultation for the regulations on DRS is due to close today. As currently designed the Scottish DRS will have major implications for small […]

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Supermarkets in Christmas Craft Beer Battle as almost a quarter of shoppers select festive shop based on beer selection

With Christmas creeping ever closer new online research shows almost a quarter of UK adults will choose to do their shopping at a supermarket with the best craft beer selection, which could increase competition between supermarkets this Christmas. The survey of over 2,200 UK adults, carried out by independent research company YouGov on behalf of […]

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SIBA respond to Portman Group’s second ruling on Tiny Rebel’s Cwtch

“It is frustrating to see the Portman Group complaints panel force Welsh brewer Tiny Rebel through this process again, given that the brewery consulted with the standards body and made recommended changes to their flagship Cwtch beer two years ago. Self-regulation of the industry is important and in most cases works very well, but this episode highlights […]

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SIBA publishes its manifesto for small independent brewers

The Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) has today set out its manifesto to turbocharge independent brewing in the UK. Ahead of the General Election on 12 December 2019, SIBA urges the next Government to adopt 15 policies, covering five key areas, which will encourage growth and sustainability for the UK’s craft brewers. The UK has […]

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Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) responds to the Conservative manifesto

The Conservative party has committed to review alcohol duty, review business rates and extended the relief to pubs and to introduce a deposit return scheme to incentivise people to recycle plastic and glass. Responding to the publication of the Conservative party manifesto, SIBA Chief Executive James Calder said: “It is vital that the Conservative Party’s […]

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SIBA responds to Labour and Liberal Democrat Manifestos

Responding to the publication of the Liberal Democrat party manifesto, SIBA Chief Executive James Calder said;  “Any targeted support for the alcohol sector needs to consider the UK’s national drink, beer, and the people who make and serve it. All parties need to commit to fair and positive review of small breweries relief and at […]

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SIBA respond to Boris Johnson and the Conservatives pledge to keep pubs open

SIBA respond to the news that Boris Johnson and the Conservatives pledge to “save our high streets, keep pubs and post offices open and re-connect places to the rail network half a century after they were cut off”. “It is great that the Conservative Party recognise the vital contribution pubs make in our communities. Taking business rate […]

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British Guild of Beer Writers Awards Dinner 2019: SIBA Beer List revealed

The Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) will be bringing award-winning independent craft beers to this year’s British Guild of Beer Writers Annual Awards Dinner 2019 as part of their sponsorship and support of the event. SIBA, who sponsor the ‘Brewer of the Year’ award, will be bringing their beer bar to the awards and have […]

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Love Beer London: A new craft beer festival aiming to be a force for good in the capital

A new beer festival in London King’s Cross is setting out to ‘Brew good and do good’, bringing together beer donated from over a hundred of the best breweries in London and the South East, being staffed entirely by volunteers, and with proceeds going entirely to charity. ‘Love Beer London’ is a first time ever collaboration between […]

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