Guest Opinions

How my entry into the SIBA survey prize draw led to a subsidised place on an excellent training course

Guest post by Karl Stevens, Hwgga Brew, Wales In January of this year (2023) I received notification by email of SIBA’s annual survey for the Craft Beer Report. This Survey is a vital resource for SIBA in planning its activities but also forms the key basis of the SIBA Craft Beer Report launched at BeerX.  The email told me the survey had […]

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Get ready for the new alcohol duty rates and reliefs introduction on 1 August 2023

Guest article from HMRC This year will see the biggest reform of alcohol duties for more than 140 years. The government will introduce a new, simplified alcohol duty system based on the principle of taxing alcoholic drinks by their alcohol content (ABV).  This will modernise the existing alcohol duty system, reduce administrative burdens on businesses, […]

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Four ways Craft Brewers can gain QA wins

Any commercial craft brewer would say they care about quality (if you’re a craft brewer and disagree with this statement, please let me know so that I can stop drinking your beer). But let’s dissect that a little. What does your quality assurance scheme achieve? What does it tell you? And what would you like […]

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How can craft brewers grow while maintaining quality?

We all know that craft brewery is growing at an astonishing rate. For successful UK craft breweries such as BrewDog, Cloudwater and Hop Stuff, posting turnover growth of 50-100% is regarded as business as usual. SIBA’s annual survey reports 64% of respondents expecting to grow turnover in 2017. And with Big Beer getting in on […]

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"Don't just Taste: Talk!" – Cask Ale Heads up the Great British Food and Drink Conversation

2016/17 Cask Report and revamped CaskFinder app launched at Cask Seminar​ Click here too download the Cask Report 2016 The transforming of the nation from one of culinary jokers to one of aspiring foodies isn’t just about the changing diet of Britons. It’s also about their discourse. Food and drink are now a big part […]

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Promoting independent craft brewers is vital for the future of the industry by Mike Benner

by Mike Benner, SIBA Managing Director For a good few years, some in the British beer industry have been somewhat distracted by a desire to define craft beer – whether it should be from a new brewery that did keg beer, whether it should be associated with certain styles or flavour attributes, whether more traditional […]

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