The Future of Small Breweries’ Relief
The Treasury announced a review of Small Breweries Relief in October 2018. Read SIBA’s proposals for reform here:
SIBA, the Society of Independent Brewers, was established in 1980 to represent the interests of the growing number of independent breweries in Britain.
SIBA launches new Brewers in the Community Report & announces its Brewer in the Community winner
An ‘Assured Independent British Craft Brewer’ is a brewery which has agreed to abide by SIBA’s Food Safety & Quality standard – meaning you get a beer of the highest quality, crafted with the utmost care.
East Riding of Yorkshire
Tyne & Wear
Ian qualified as an Accountant but quickly moved into General Management roles working in industry for 18 years becoming Operations Director of a major company. After taking voluntary redundancy, he started his own free house pub company in 1998 and grew this to 15 outlets across N&W Yorkshire. He’d been a CAMRA member since 1975 and had previously “dabbled” in alehouses with friends so this was natural progression!
He sold the pub business in 2011, simultaneously purchasing Rooster’s Brewing Co with his two sons – they run the business day to day; with Ian in a strategic and financial role.
The Hop Studio
Dave started The Hop Studio in 2012 after a successful career in local government and with significant experience of consuming our national drink. Determined to do something useful for society we brew what we call Original British Craft Beer. We brew an everyday range of 8 cask and 6 keg beers and occasional beers brewed for a time or a place. Beers are also available in bottles. We do all this in a small 10BBL Brewery in Elvington which is just outside York. We enjoy ourselves a lot (sometimes).
I am qualified accountant and was born in Wellington, Shropshire in 1962, I spent my teenage and early adult life in Sheffield. A keen sportsman I played indoor and outdoor hockey at Club, County and International levels but now succumb to the gentler game of golf.
I joined Wards Brewery in Sheffield as an assistant Accountant in 1985 and still remembers the first weeks induction programme which included delivering and racking 36 Gallon barrels of the famous and unique brew and of course a pint in every pub – ‘it was hard thirsty work’.
I have seen the changes brought about by the beer orders of 1989, the restriction of the number of tied pubs to large brewery groups and freeing of the tie to allow a guest ale. The results of which were leveraged superpubcos – Enterprise Inns, Pubmaster/Punch and Admiral taverns and the demise of large British owned Breweries.
I became Finance Director for Vaux Breweries (a FTSE 250 Company) – Sunderland in 1995. I was part of the MBO team that attempted to buy Vaux Brewery and a number of pubs in 1999 in the face of institutional determination to close the breweries and ‘asset strip’ the pubs and hotels.
In 2000 I was able to salvage registered, historic regional beer brands and recipes for example Double Maxim and Wards Best Bitter and in 2006/2007 purchased Scottish and Newcastles sophisticated and flexible pilot brewhouse and related equipment from Edinburgh and installed this at the new Maxim Brewery in the North East.
A Lancashire lad born and bred, I began my journey into adult hood as a chef, following in my fathers’ footsteps. The role was fantastic and took me around the UK, where I laid my roots in Barnsley, south Yorkshire, back in the year 2000. Starting a family, I decided that I would move from being a chef and commenced working for Elsecar Brewery, amazing! I got to work sociable hours and well as well as with a love of mine, Beer!
After a couple of years working for Elsecar, the brewery closed. Not wanting the leave the industry I decided to reach for my goal of running my own business, which lead me to start Acorn Brewery in 2003. After plenty of blood, sweat and tears along with a bit more sweat we brewed our first brew of Barnsley Bitter in July 2003. The business went on to thrive where we out grow our 10-barrel plant. We packed up our things, (if only the project was that simple) and moved to a 25 barrel plant, still in Wombwell. Not long after the move we opened a brewery tap on the heart of Barnsley, The Old No 7.