SIBA National

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2021 Budget, James Calder, SIBA Chief Executive said; “The Chancellor’s Budget introduced radical changes to the outdated Alcohol Duty system which will benefit brewers of lower strength beers, traditional cask beer and create a more level playing field between small breweries and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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SIBA responds to reports of forthcoming beer shortages from the global brewers due to planned industrial action

Responding to reports of forthcoming beer shortages from the global brewers due to planned industrial action, James Calder, Chief Executive of the Society of Independent Brewers said;  “Amid fears of taps running dry, pubs, bars and restaurants should look beyond mass-produced beers from the Globals and speak to their local independent breweries. Being local they […]

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