Tough position: price of a pint of lager jumps 12.5% YOY (Credit: Getty/agrobacter)

Price of a pint of lager jumps 12.5% YOY

By Rebecca Weller

The average cost of a pint of draught lager increased 12.5% in the year to October 2023 as pubs and brewers “struggle to survive”.

Level the burden: Andy Slee of SIBA has called for fairness on taxation


Unfair tax system must be fixed

By Andy Slee, chief executive, Society of Independent brewers (SIBA)

In a free market economy, Governments help things that are good for society and tax things that aren’t. Life should really be that simple.

Quality on show: SIBA's Neil Walker talking at his masterclass at the GBPA

GBPA 2023

SIBA showcases great independent craft beers at GBPA

By Gary Lloyd

The Morning Advertiser and the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) came together to give licensees and pub industry professionals the chance to taste some of the UK’s best independent craft beers at the Great British Pub Awards 2023 (GBPA).

Raise a glass: Net number of breweries increases (Credit: Getty/ Sigrid Gombert)

2023 sees net rise in UK breweries

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

The total number of breweries in the UK has risen in the second quarter of 2023, according to new data from the SIBA UK Brewery Tracker.

Obstacles and solutions: Experts give insight into breweries' financial landscape (Credit: Getty/ Klaus Vedfelt)

Brewery sector balanced by ‘optimism and concern’

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

The UK brewery sector is fighting a “toxic cocktail” of soaring costs, business rates, high taxation and Covid-ramifications, but there are silver linings, with many reporting better trade than expected.

SIBA homebrew competition winner picks up national listings

The Cask Project

Homebrew beer winner to hit UK pubs

By Gary Lloyd

A hazy pale ale named the best homebrew in the UK is set to hit pubs and bars across the UK after winning a competition run by the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA).

Champions of cask and keg: the winners at MaltingsFest – Eight Arch and Yonder Brewing

Eight Arch and Yonder win best cask and keg SIBA titles

By Gary Lloyd

Eight Arch Brewing Co and Yonder Brewing have taken home the two Overall Champion awards in the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) South-West Independent Beer Awards, which took place last night (Thursday 20 April) at the MaltingsFest beer festival...

Cheers: plenty of beers, ciders and spirits will be available at MaltingsFest

SIBA launches renewal of MaltingsFest

By Gary Lloyd

The south-west of England will be home to a giant beer festival featuring 300 cask ales, craft beers, lagers and ciders from Thursday 20 April until Saturday 22 April.

Bright and progressive future: former Black Sheep Brewery chair Andy Slee (pictured) to take over as SIBA chief executive from January 2023

SIBA appoints new CEO

By Rebecca Weller

The Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) has announced the appointment of its new chief executive.

SIBA Business Awards 2022: Entry deadline extended to 13 Feb

SIBA Business Awards 2022 entry deadline extended

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

The entry deadline for the SIBA Business Awards 2022 has been extended to Sunday 13 February to ensure a wide variety of businesses from across the beer, brewing, hospitality and retail sectors are able to enter.

Down the drain: many brewers have been forced to throw beer away during the coronavirus pandemic, with pubs being closed for a large proportion of the past year and a half

SBR changes leaves small brewers in limbo

By Nikkie Thatcher

Small independent brewers in the UK have been left in limbo, a year on from the Treasury’s changes to Small Breweries’ Relief (SBR), one trade body has warned.

Outraged reaction: the pub and brewing trade has said 'now is not the time' for talk of further regulations for venues (image: Getty/ DGLimages)

'Not the time' for mandatory calorie labels on pints

By Emily Hawkins

Reports of proposals to force large pub chains to display calorie labels on pints of beer have been dubbed “outrageous” and described as “costly and complicated” by the trade.

Beer waste too bitter a pill: ‘As I engage with my own customers, I’ve learned that many have decided to leave their real ale taps off for the foreseeable future’


We need to talk about cask…

By Sarah John, director, Boss Brewing

Like so many of us in this industry, I share in the hope that is being pinned on Monday 12 April – for England at least, if not for my home country of Wales.

Information needed: the trade has urged the Government provide further clarity of the restrictions

Confusion about alcohol takeaways for pubs

By Nikkie Thatcher

The pub trade is calling for clarity on serving takeaway alcohol while shut, ahead of the nationwide lockdown and enforced closure of hospitality this week (Thursday 5 November).

In need: pub trade demands more support in second lockdown

Lockdown 2.0 'nightmare before Christmas'

By Nicholas Robinson

England's month-long lockdown has been described as a "nightmare before Christmas", with pubs and suppliers to the sector in need of support in addition to furlough.

Brewer response: Heineken has issued a statement in reply to claims it had been relabelling date on beer (stock image)

Heineken responds to ‘relabelling’ keg claims

By Nikkie Thatcher

Global brewer Heineken has responded to claims it had been relabelling kegs of beer that had previously been taken from pubs amid the lockdown to replace, with new best before dates.

Hot topic: sexist beer marketing has been a long-standing contentious issue

CAMRA and SIBA look to ban sexist beer

By Nikkie Sutton

The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) and the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) have laid out plans to ban sexist beers at their festivals.

Brexit will benefit pubs and beer says SIBA


SIBA predicts Brexit will benefit pubs

By Nikkie Sutton

The Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) is predicting a hike in consumer passion for local beers from Britain’s craft breweries following past experience.

SIBA urges parliamentary candidates to raise a patriotic pint

General election

SIBA urges parliamentary candidates to raise a patriotic pint

By Emily Sutherland

The Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) is encouraging all 2,000 prospective parliamentary candidates to link up with a local brewer in their constituency for a ‘patriotic pint’ on election day.

Third duty cut will grow brewing sector says SIBA


Third duty cut will grow brewing sector says SIBA

By James Wallin, M&C Report

A third cut to beer duty will enable the continued growth in beer production, fuel sales growth, encourage investment and boost employment the Society of Independent Brewers Association (SIBA) has argued.

The Big Interview: Mike Benner, SIBA

The Big Interview: Mike Benner, SIBA

By Roger Protz

In June Mike Benner left the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) after 20 years of campaigning, to take up his new post as managing director of the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA). He talks to Roger Protz about the value of a good beer.

SIBA names new chairman and unveils new structure

SIBA names new chairman and unveils revised structure

By Ellie Bothwell

Exe Valley Brewery co-founder Guy Sheppard has succeeded Keith Bott as the Society of Independent Brewers’ (SIBA) new chairman, it was announced at the organisation’s AGM in Sheffield today.

SIBA Beer Report 2014 reveals beer sales growth

SIBA members grow volume sales and ramp up investment

By Mike Berry

The nation’s beer lovers drank nearly 33 million more pints of local beer last year than in 2012, as independent brewers responded positively to the Chancellor’s decision to scrap the beer-duty escalator.

SIBA accuses GMB of

SIBA accuses GMB of "factual inaccuracies"

By Michelle Perrett

SIBA has sent an open letter to GMB branch secretary Dave Mountford accusing him of “factual inaccuracies” over accusations against the body.