BeerX Online 2021

Three days of virtual seminars, talks and tastings 16th-18th March 2021.

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SIBA South East Region

Representatives to the South East Region:


Robert Wicks

Westerham Brewery

Robert Wicks is the Founder and Head Brewer of Westerham Brewery. Founded in 2004 the brewery completed a major relocation in 2017 to a new purpose built facility in Westerham. The brewery focusses on hops from Kent having developed close relationships with West Kent growers. The new brewery has a Tap Room and Shop which is driving growth at the new site. Robert has a masters degree in Biochemistry from Oxford University and has been brewing on and off since he was 8 years old. After 16 years in investment banking in Tokyo, New York and London he escaped the shackles of the City for something more creative. Robert has served on SIBA Council for 7 years in the past, working on the membership criteria, liaison with the Treasry on duty matters and raising product quality by SIBA members.

Peter Hills

Hackney Brewery

Andy Hayward (Chair of the Region)

Thames Side Brewery

Andy set up Thames Side Brewery in 2015, and he and his partner Michele still run most things themselves. Andy had a 41 year career handling US insurance claims in the City of London, but started home brewing in 1978 (he first joined CAMRA in 1976) when good beer was more difficult to come by! During his career he also lived in the USA (Philadelphia and Chicago) at around the time that the micro-breweries were starting up over there, and continued home brewing during this time. Finally Andy took the leap a few years ago and left the insurance industry to start a business doing something he had a passion for – making beer!