SIBA Business Awards 2023 Finalists: The UK’s best independent beer businesses revealed

The Finalists in the SIBA Business Awards 2023 have today been revealed, highlighting the very best breweries, taprooms, retailers, pubs and beer industry businesses from across the UK.

The SIBA Business Awards seek to congratulate excellence in the brewing industry across a variety of categories, from pump clip, can and bottle design, to efforts taken by brewers to make their business more sustainable, innovative or successful, as well as naming the UK’s best pubs, bars and retailers of craft beer from independent breweries.

The 2023 awards will also for the first time include a new “Empowering People” Award, which seeks to highlight the best breweries in the UK to work for by empowering and supporting their teams and championing inclusivity and diversity. 

The new award places a spotlight on independent craft breweries who go above and beyond for the members of their team; empowering people to achieve more in their professional career, introducing initiatives and incentives which create a positive working environment, making efforts to promote diversity and inclusivity, or providing benefits or support mechanisms which encourage a happier healthier life for employees.

“With hundreds of superb entries from across the UK, I would like to say a huge congratulations to all of the breweries and beer businesses named as finalists in the SIBA Business Awards 2023. To make it this far is a huge, huge achievement and the judging panel had an incredibly tough job this year such was the quality of entries overall. I’d also like to wish the finalists good luck ahead of the awards presentation at BeerX in Liverpool on the 15th March – I look forward to congratulating the winners, including this year’s prestigious Brewery Business of the Year 2023.” Neil Walker, Chair of Judges. 

Joining the expert judging panel for 2023 were Andy Slee, SIBA Chief Executive; Caroline Nodder, Editor of Independent Brewer and the SIBA British Craft Beer Report; Alex Metcalfe, lead on CAMRA Learn & Discover; Jo Hunter, Interior & Architectural Design expert and founder of Hunter’s Daughter; Charlie Docherty, SIBA Business Development Officer; and Neil Walker, SIBA Head of Comms & Marketing, who chaired the panel.

The SIBA Business Awards 2023 will be presented on Wednesday 15th March at BeerX UK in Liverpool by acclaimed beer author, journalist, broadcaster and consultant Pete Brown. Named British Guild of Beer Writers’ “Beer Writer of the Year” in 2009, 2012, 2016 and 2021, Pete has won three Fortnum & Mason Food and Drink Awards, been shortlisted twice for the Andre Simon Awards, and in 2020 was named an “Industry Legend” at the Imbibe Hospitality Awards.

SIBA Business Awards 2023 Finalists 

UK’s Best Independent Craft Beer Retailer – Single

Brewery Market, Twickenham

Brews of the World, Burton-on-Trent

CentrAle, Newcastle

The Filling Station, St Ives

UK’s Best Independent Craft Beer Retailer – Multiple

10 Green Bottles

A Hoppy Place

General Stores

UK’s Best Independent Craft Beer Retailer – Online

A Hoppy Place

Beers of Europe

Trembling Madness

UK’s Best Independent Craft Beer Bar or Pub – City

Bullhouse East, Belfast

Craft Republic, Barry

Whitelock’s Ale House, Leeds

UK’s Best Independent Craft Beer Bar or Pub – Rural

The Bailey Head, Oswestry 

Elephant & Castle, Wheathampstead

The Fox & Hounds Beer House, Caversham

UK’s Best Independent Craft Beer Promotion

Hop Forward

London Craft Beer Festival

Norwich City of Ale

UK’s Best Independent Craft Brewery Webshop




Marketing Implementation

Black Sheep

Hand Brew Co


Wiper + True 

Community Engagement


Full Circle


Signature Brew

Best Individual Design

Anspach & Hobday

Full Circle

Red Willow

Best Concept Design

Abbeydale Funk Dungeon

Lakes Brew Co

North Brewing


Business Innovation


Lincoln Green

Commercial Achievement



Lakes Brew Co


Empowering People – NEW!

Brentwood Brewery 

Brewhouse & Kitchen 

Signature Brew 

UK’s Best Independent Craft Brewery Taproom

Gun Brewery

Hackney Church Brew Co. 

Wiper + True 

Sustainable Business

Bluestone Brewing Co


Ramsgate Brewery

Wasted Degrees 

Supplier Associate of the year (Brewer nominated)

Beer Box Shop

Charles Faram

Festival Glass

Saxon Packaging

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