July, 2020

Salopian Brewery take Overall Gold in first ever Digital Beer Awards

  An English Bitter from a brewery in Shrewsbury has beaten almost 500 different beers from across the UK to be named overall Gold at the inaugural SIBA Digital Beer Awards 2020. ‘Darwin’s Origin’ from Salopian Brewery is a copper coloured Bitter given an international twist with an eclectic mix of US, New Zealand and […]

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There has been understandable anger and concern expressed by many small brewers and commentators following this week’s Treasury announcement that the threshold for reduction in Small Brewers Beer Duty Relief (SBR) will be reduced from 5000hl annual production to 2100hl from, it is understood, 2022. However, no details surrounding the rate of withdrawal of relief […]

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SIBA responds to Government SBR review conclusions

Commenting on a Written Ministerial Statement and a conversation with the Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury this afternoon on the SBR review, James Calder, SIBA Chief Executive said:  “We are hugely disappointed that the Government has today decided to reduce the threshold at which Small Brewers Duty Relief starts to taper from 5000hl of annual production […]

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SIBA respond to Northern Ireland Executive announcement on reform of liquor licensing laws

Responding to the announcement by the Northern Ireland Executive today of their proposals to reform liquor licensing laws, SIBA Head of Policy and Public Affairs Barry Watts said: “Small independent brewers in Northern Ireland want the freedom to sell their local beers directly to the public, to open taprooms and sell online. Sadly today’s proposals […]

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CAMRA & SIBA comment on JD Wetherspoon promotional poster

Commenting on a promotional poster from JD Wetherspoon advertising lower prices for alcoholic drinks after the Government’s VAT reduction, please find below a joint comment from Tom Stainer, Chief Executive of CAMRA, and James Calder, Chief Executive of the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA): “A recent promotional poster from pub chain JD Wetherspoon has made it […]

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SIBA respond to today’s Summer Economic Statement from the Chancellor

Commenting on today’s Summer Economic Statement from the Chancellor, SIBA Chief Executive James Calder said; “Today’s announcements are a mixed picture. The job retention bonus and kickstart scheme will help beer, brewing and pubs given we employ a disproportionate number of young people. The temporary VAT cut to 5% and Eat Out to Help Out […]

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Beer bottle specialists Croxsons join forces with SIBA to deliver Digital Beer Awards 2020

  The Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) have joined forces with Croxsons, specialists in beer and beverage bottles, closures, and packaging, to deliver the inaugural Digital Beer Awards 2020. The brand new awards focus entirely on bottled and canned beers, with beers sampled remotely across the UK by expert judges, beer sommeliers and brewers via […]

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SIBA posthumously award the Lifetime Achievement Award to Roger Ryman

The Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) have today ​announced that they have posthumously awarded the SIBA ‘Silver Tankard’ Lifetime Achievement Award to Roger Ryman, for his services to the British brewing industry. Roger is credited with turning ​independent St Austell Brewery in Cornwall into a nationally recognised brand, as well as developing and successfully launching Tribute and Proper Job – beers […]

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