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SIBA responds to Minister statement on Scottish Deposit Return Scheme

Responding to the Scottish Minister’s statement today on the implementation of the Deposit Return Scheme, SIBA Scottish Director Jamie Delap said: “The Minister clearly acknowledged in her statement today the challenges facing small brewers and the hospitality sector in delivering Scotland’s ambitious Deposit Return Scheme and has hinted that there will now be a delay. […]

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SIBA Business Awards 2022 respond to ‘shifting consumer buying habits’ with new categories for Online Beer Retailers, Brewery Webshops and Community Engagement

The SIBA Business Awards 2022 will include three new categories in response to shifting consumer buying habits over the last year, making them the biggest set of awards ever dished out to the industry by the craft brewing trade body. The awards, which open for entries today, will now include categories for the “UK’s Best […]

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Budget 2021: Chancellor delivers a positive Budget for the beer and pubs sector, but some questions remain for small independent brewers

Responding to the Chancellors 2021 Budget, James Calder, SIBA Chief Executive said; “The Chancellor’s Budget introduced radical changes to the outdated Alcohol Duty system which will benefit brewers of lower strength beers, traditional cask beer and create a more level playing field between small breweries and cider producers. The lower rate of duty for beer […]

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As costs spiral brewing industry warns of ‘business closures time-bomb’ in the New Year

The Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) say that rising costs in essential materials such as fuel, CO2, energy, bottles, cans and packaging are making it impossible for many small independent breweries to bounce back from Covid lockdown and social distancing measures which hit the pub and brewing industry harder than most. Reports from SIBA highlight […]

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‘American IPA’ from Navigation Brewery named best beer in the Midlands at SIBA Independent Beer Awards 2021

Navigation Brewery have taken home the Overall Champion Cask Beer Award at the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) Midlands Independent Beer Awards 2021, which took place at the Robin Hood Beer & Cider Festival. Their Gold-winning beer ‘American IPA’ proved a huge hit with the expert judges, described as ‘a light and fragrant ale which […]

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CO2 shortages could come as an extra worry for small independent brewers who have switched to bottled and canned beer during Covid

“The vast majority of small breweries produce fresh cask beer – and for those brewers this latest shortage of CO2 won’t have an immediate impact – but for the increasing number making keg, bottled or canned beer it will come as an additional worry. “Two thirds of the beer that small independent brewers produce is […]

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SIBA respond to Covid passport scheme introduction in Scotland

“It is hugely disappointing the Scottish Government has moved ahead with restrictive Covid passports for hospitality venues across Scotland, hitting a sector which is just trying to find its feet. These restrictions will cause issues for venues of various sizes, including local beer festivals – many of which would hope to attract over five hundred […]

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