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SIBA South West Region

Representatives to the South West Region:

Guy Sheppard

Guy Sheppard

Exe Valley Brewery

Born in Gloucestershire, Guy spent his formative years in the Midlands developing a liking of mild in the process. He opted out of accountancy after graduating at Exeter University and set up the wholesale brewers’ agents business of Sheppard & Mason in 1977, which was sold in 1991. Guy became part of Exe Valley Brewery in 1991; spent 10+ years as SW Treasurer of SIBA (can’t get completely away from accountancy!). Set up and still instrumental in ‘Ales from Devon’ , a consortium of local brewers participating in countywide events. Married to Sue, a priest in the Church of England, with 2 children both of whom have gone off to universities in Scotland.

Peter Martin

Peter Martin

Driftwood Spars Brewery

I started brewing commercially in 2004, starting the Bathtub Brewery out the back of a friend’s pub in Stithians near Truro.  My friend sold the pub and at the same time I happened to bump into the owner of the Driftwood Spars pub and B&B, Louise Treseder at St Austell beer festival, she had a brewery but no brewer.  I have been here for over 10 years now. We have developed the brewery and its range over this time winning various awards, including CAMRA Champion Winter Beer of Britain.  I have also been working with our chefs in the pub in this time, not only suggesting beer and food pairings but using beer as ingredient in various dishes including desserts.

A few years ago we decided to step up production and improve the operation.  At this point, I also became a business partner with Louise in the brewery.  I have always been passionate about beer and love to endlessly experiment with new ideas, techniques and ingredients to move the brewery forward as well as maintain a range of beers both traditional and modern styles.  I like to work closely with our suppliers and I have a particular interest in new English hop varieties emerging.  I am also a sculptor and my carvings can be seen around Cornwall and across the country, working for local councils, the Eden Project as well as private clients. 

Paul Arrowsmith

Paul Arrowsmith (Chair)

Red Rock Brewery

Born in the boarder lands of South Cheshire and North Shropshire in a small village called Betley which is on the edge of the county of Staffordshire.

After completing Dairy Farm management at Reasheath Agricultural college in Nantwich he stayed in the locality working on very large dairy herds and various management systems, soon getting involved and taking greater interest in farm animal welfare, after intensive practical and animal legislation training moved to London as an area inspector for the RSPCA.

After many years in London Paul moved to the west country and with a mind for business eventually bought the Gidleys brewery in the Teign Valley and having success with some of his ales he chose to join SIBA and their crusade to represent the smallest of brewers and started to help with the events that showcase the best of the South west ales that SIBA SW hold annually.

Having sold his brewery he now helps represent the Red Rock brewery, Bishopsteignton a very modern developed family run business.

With two children living and working in London Paul now lives on the top of Dartmoor keeping his feet well and truly on the ground ..