Brewing Members

Welcome to the SIBA family of quality independent craft brewers. Only SIBA can provide such a comprehensive set of benefits geared towards your brewery business and we are constantly striving to expand benefits even further.

To join as a Brewing Member click here

To read the SIBA Members’ Charter please click here.

Here is a brief summary of SIBA’s membership package:

Driving your business…

BeerFlex (formerly Direct Delivery Scheme)

BeerFlex DDS has grown into a business, which in its latest year, achieved a turnover of more than £12m.

BeerFlex DDS currently buys over 3,500 draught and bottled beers from around 500 participating SIBA brewers and sells them on to 17 national pub companies and off-trade retailers – companies with which, until the establishment of BeerFlex, brewers of local beers found it extremely difficult to trade.

A wholly-owned subsidiary of SIBA, BeerFlex DDS operates without profit and ensures that its customers – over 2,300 pubs and stores across Britain – receive the best possible prices, delivered in the freshest, most cost effective and environmentally friendly way.

The operation is very simple. BeerFlex receives orders from a company or outlet direct via EDI, e-mail, telephone or via SIBA’s Online Order Portal and we distribute them on a daily basis to BeerFlex members.

Brewers access their orders through the Members area of the website, the Toolbox, and deliver the required products direct to the outlet according to the SIBA Delivery Charter.

SIBA BeerFlex reports centrally on all deliveries made and provides consolidated invoices to the company Head Office, which will then produce any appropriate documentation for the individual outlet.

Here’s an example of some of the companies BeerFlex work with:

  • Punch Taverns
  • EI Group
  • Edinburgh Woollen Mills
  • Admiral Taverns
  • Oxford Inns
  • NUSSL Bars
  • Foundation Inns
  • Trust Inns
  • Greene King
  • Hawthorn Leisure
  • Fullers
  • Star Pubs & Bars
  • Brasserie Bar Co
  • WH Brakespear
  • Thwaites
  • London Town Pub Management

Please note that SIBA BeerFlex is only available to existing SIBA Brewing Members, and that a separate application is required to join the scheme, which involves a number of fees:

1) Joining Fee – there is a one-off payment of £100, payable upon application. A further £200 is deducted from first sales.

2) SIBA Food Safety and Quality Certificate (SIBA FSQ) – SIBA BeerFlex requires that new members joining the scheme are enrolled for the SIBA FSQ, or an alternative scheme such as Salsa, NSF, STS or BRC. The cost for the SIBA FSQ audit is £600 (+vat) every two years, payable in ten monthly installments of £60 (+vat). Full details of the SIBA FSQ may be found on the SIBA Members’ Toolbox.

For more information, and to make an application to join the SIBA BeerFlex scheme, please e-mail SIBA Head Office,

Export Club

SIBA has launched a new Export Club to help its members export their beers across the world. The club aims to open more doors for independent breweries to sell the ‘best beer in the world’ outside the UK. SIBA offers five different streams of Export support:

Advice and information on how to export
Administrative support
A one-stop sales service for exports
Co-ordination of export events and missions
Generic support and promotion in export missions overseas

Keeping you informed…

SIBA Journal

The SIBA Journal is the association’s quarterly magazine that includes industry and organisation’s news, campaign updates, what is happening in your region, Supplier Member information, industry / technical advice etc.

SIBA Brewing in Brief

The SIBA Brewing In Brief is the members’ weekly email that contains SIBA and Industry news, a summary of the national and member press releases that have appeared on our website, list of new members and diary dates from SIBA, BFBI and IBD.

Classified Ads

Our Classified Ads section on the website allows members the opportunity to advertise products and services and also gives members the chance to search for products and services they may require. For example, brewing equipment for sale can be listed here, job vacancies can be posted or members can look for Supplier Associate Member promotions. Just select the ‘Classifieds’ tab on our website for more information or go to

Campaigning for your business…


One of SIBA’s main objectives is to campaign / lobby for and against legislation that affects the independent beer industry. SIBA officials regularly meet with politicians and decision makers to represent their members and independent brewers.

SIBA has played a major role in the recent three consecutive beer duty reductions and the formation of Progressive Beer Duty (PBD) back in 2002. PBD is seen by SIBA members as one of the most important campaigns for SIBA to protect and develop.

Giving you the right advice and support at the right time…

Membership Alerts

SIBA issue regular alerts to members that offer advice, support and guidance on all beer and brewing issues. These are archived in the Members’ Area of the website (The Toolbox).

Free SIBA Legal Helpline

A member may access SIBA’s nominated legal service provider by telephone or email and receive one hour’s free advice and thereafter be charged at approved competitive rates. The Helpline can be reached via the contact details on the Homepage of the Toolbox.

Access to advice from the SIBA Teams

SIBA runs two professional offices. The Burton-upon-Trent office manages the organisation’s events, competitions, marketing and communications. The second office is located in Melmerby, Ripon, Yorkshire and manages SIBA’s commercial activities, including Beerflex and membership processing. Both offices can offer members a huge range of advice and guidance.

Burton-upon-Trent –
Melmerby, Ripon –

Brewing Support

SIBA brewing members members can access support, guidance, help etc from the large number of brewing consultants who are SIBA Supplier Associate members. Please visit this section of the website for more details –


BeerX is SIBA’s national event for members. It hosts the AGM, Brewing Conference which includes seminars and guest speakers, National Beer Competitions, Business Awards, Trade Exhibition and Festival of Beer. For more information please visit

Access to SIBA’s Toolbox

The Toolbox is the Members’ password protected area of the website. Here members get sent regular alerts on important business matters. The Toolbox also hosts tools that can help brewers with registering trademarks, calculating duty changes etc.

This is also the area where members who decide to join Beerflex can find their orders (formerly Direct Delivery Scheme)

SIBA Cellar Services

SIBA Cellar Services handle maintenance and installation requests from brewers and pub company customers. Click the ‘Cellar services’ link on the front page of our website for more details or visit

Enabling you to network with other brewers and suppliers…

Regional Meetings

SIBA’s eight regions host Regional Meetings throughout the year which allows SIBA members the opportunity to network with other brewers, suppliers and pubs.

Members also have the opportunity to have their say on how SIBA is run and what we campaign for.

Trade Directory

A directory of Supplier Associate Members and information on their services is distributed annually. It can also be accessed in real time via the SIBA website – – Our Supplier Associate Members often offer great discounts to brewing members.

SIBA Forum

This forum offers members the opportunity to ask for advice, support and discuss industry ideas with other members.

Promoting SIBA members’ quality beer…

Press Release distribution system

SIBA can promote your press releases in the Regional Media Area of the national website. This allows you to market your news to other brewers, pubs, suppliers, consumers, media etc. Please send your press releases to

Brewery Finder

Members are added to SIBA’s Brewery Finder on the national website as soon as membership is complete unless you opt out on your application form. Go to for more details. You also have a link to your website on our Directory tab at

Beer Report

SIBA produces and annual summary of how our members have performed and the organisation uses this tool for campaigning and taking to the treasury. The 2015 report of activity in 2014 can be found on the front page of our national website.

Running the best beer and brewing industry awards…

Regional & National Beer Competitions (Bottle / Cask / Keg / Cans)

As members of SIBA, you have the opportunity to enter your region competitions & judge at other regions. Winners of the regional events are entered into the national competition. Results can be found on our events website or in the SIBA journal.

Business Awards

SIBA host a variety of Business Awards for its members that include Best Customer Support, Best Community Support, Best Green Business, Best Marketing & Communications, Best Supplier Associate Member plus much more. For more details please visit –

To join as a Brewing Member click here