Society of Independent Brewers respond to Tier 3 restrictions in South Yorkshire and extension of lockdown in Scotland
“The new Tier 3 restrictions in South Yorkshire and extension of the lockdown in Scotland to November will further drive hospitality over the edge; and without Government support for the independent breweries that supply 80% of their beer to pubs which are being forced to shut we are likely to see continued brewery closures.
It is now absolutely essential that the Government extend the hospitality industry support to the UK’s independent breweries, which are closely linked with the fortunes of our pubs. Without further support this Government could be driving out independent brewing across the UK and allowing the Global beer companies who have the funds to ride out the pandemic another chance to saturate the market. It is essential we support local beer if we want to ensure it isn’t lost forever.”
James Calder, Chief Executive Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA)