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Love Beer London: A new craft beer festival aiming to be a force for good in the capital

A new beer festival in London King’s Cross is setting out to ‘Brew good and do good’, bringing together beer donated from over a hundred of the best breweries in London and the South East, being staffed entirely by volunteers, and with proceeds going entirely to charity. ‘Love Beer London’ is a first time ever collaboration between […]

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SIBA Business Awards 2020 to include “UK’s Best Independent Craft Brewery Taproom” Award

The SIBA Business Awards 2020 will for the first time ever feature an award for theUK’s Best Independent Craft Beer Taproom, following huge growth in the number of breweries opening their doors and serving beer on-site. Over a quarter of independent craft breweries* now have Taprooms on-site, serving the freshest possible beer and engaging with […]

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Our independent craft brewers need certainty on deposit returns

SIBA Chief Executive James Calder writes in BusinessGreen on the proposed Deposit Return Schemes. Britain has stood at the forefront of the craft revolution in beer. Our country’s independent craft brewers constantly innovate to bring drinkers new, exciting and refreshing beer styles from fruity saisons to Double IPAs to our bars, pubs and bottle shops. […]

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Making independent brewers’ voices heard in Brussels

Campaigns update from Barry Watts, SIBA Head of Public Affairs and Policy (above left) With our attention totally focused on Brexit, it often appears to me that we are less alert to changes in Brussels which continue to affect our industry and our lives. One recent example is the announcement by the Brewers of Europe […]

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Preparing brewers for a no deal Brexit

The Government has said that the UK will be leaving the European Union (EU) on 31 October 2019. They have produced an online guide on how to get ready for Brexit, which provides advice on how you and your business can prepare. There is still a good chance that the UK could leave the EU […]

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SIBA to give Michelin Star Chefs a taste for independent craft beer

The Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) is partnering with the Michelin Guide to bring an exciting range of independent craft beers to the exclusive Michelin Star Revelation event next month. SIBA, which was invited to partner on the event by Michelin, will be pouring twenty-five different craft beers to the some five-hundred chefs and restaurant […]

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SIBA announces new Head of Public Affairs

The Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) has appointed Barry Watts as its new Head of Public Affairs and Policy. Barry joins SIBA from the Royal Economic Society and brings to the role significant public affairs and communications experience having worked in Parliament and financial regulation. He also ran his own brewing company. Welcoming Barry’s appointment, […]

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SIBA Chief Executive writes open letter to J D Wetherspoon Chairman Tim Martin over beer prices

Dear Tim Beer Pricing Your commitment to deliver value to your customers is admirable. Making quality independent beer accessible to the widest range of people is something we should all strive towards. As a category, you are a huge supporter of cask beer. SIBA and J D Wetherspoon have worked successfully together on ensuring quality beer […]

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SIBA writes to new Chancellor and SBR Minister

Chancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid MP & Simon Clark MP, Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury (responsible for SBR policy) Today (30 July) SIBA Chief Executive James Calder has written to the newly appointed Chancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid MP and SBR Minister Simon Clarke MP outlining why they should support small brewers through […]

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