September 26, 2020

Yorkshire well represented within ‘UK Brewing’s Best’ shortlist in SIBA Business Awards 2017

The Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) has today (Tuesday 7 March) revealed the shortlist for its much coveted SIBA Business & Industry Awards 2017, with many breweries and businesses across Yorkshire named as finalists.

With a 20 per cent increase in entries compared to last year, SIBA report the Business Awards 2017 to be their biggest ever, with hundreds of entries being whittled down to an esteemed shortlist – with the overall winners announced at SIBA’s flagship BeerX event in Sheffield on the 16 March. 

“The judges had an extremely difficult task this year as the quality and quantity of entries was very high as the UK independent brewing industry continues to mature and more businesses seek to set themselves apart from the pack,” says Mike Benner, SIBA Managing Director. “This shortlist represents the very best in British brewing and I’d like to personally congratulate all those who have made the cut in 2017, and wish them luck come the announcement of winners at BeerX.”  

The SIBA Business & Industry Awards were created to congratulate excellence in the brewing industry across a variety of categories, from pump clip, can and bottle design, to efforts taken by brewers to make their business more successful, innovative or eco-friendly. As well as raising the profile of winners, SIBA say the awards are a way of: “highlighting the innovation of brewers and businesses throughout the independent craft brewing industry, in areas that might otherwise not get the attention they deserve”.

The independent craft beer categories, which were added in 2016, extended the scope of the awards to highlight the amazing work being done by pubs, bars, restaurants, retailers and other businesses to promote independent craft beer across the UK. Something which SIBA say has grown massively in recent years.

“When you look at the amount of fantastic independent craft beer bars that have opened over the last 12 months, or the restaurants who are making beer central to what they do, it is clear to see how far the UK has come,” adds Mr Benner. “These categories will continue to get stronger and stronger in coming years as more people begin to seek out quality, independent craft beer in a variety of places – from bars and restaurants, to hotels, coffee shops and tap rooms.” 

The winners of the SIBA Business & Industry Awards are chosen by a panel of expert judges following a detailed period of consultation, with winners announced on Thursday the 16 March at 7pm during the BeerAlive! independent craft beer showcase taking place at BeerX.

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Full Awards Shortlist

Marketing Implementation

  • Fyne Ales, Argyll
  • Moorhouse’s, Lancashire
  • Purity Brewing Co, Warwickshire

Green Business

  • Bluestone Brewing Co, Pembrokeshire
  • Purity Brewing Co, Warwickshire
  • West Berkshire Brewery, Berkshire
  • Swan Brewery, Herefordshire

Business Innovation

  • Fourpure, London
  • Purity Brewing Co, Warwickshire
  • The London Beer Factory, London

Commercial Achievement

  • Fourpure, London
  • Purity Brewing Co, Warwickshire
  • Tiny Rebel, Newport

Best Individual Design

  • “Tempus Project – Applelation” – Beavertown, London
  • “Tempus Project Imperial Smog Almighty” – Beavertown, London
  • “West Coast Red – Blencathra” – Hesket Newmarket Brewery, Cumbria
  • “Tonkoko” – Brew York, North Yorkshire
  • “Blood Wolf” – Derby Brewing Co, Derbyshire
  • “Shapeshifter” – Fourpure, London
  • “Wild Craft” – Loch Lomond, West Dunbartonshire
  • “Pitchfork” – RCH Brewery, Weston-super-Mare

Best Concept Design

  • “360 Degrees Brand” – 360 Degrees Brewing, Sussex
  • “Tempus Project / Jekyll & Hyde” – Beavertown, London
  • “Brew York Brand” – Brew York, North Yorkshire
  • “CRAFTED Range” – Derby Brewing Co, Derbyshire
  • “Loch Lomond Brand” – Loch Lomond, West Dunbartonshire
  • “Schoolhouse Brewery Brand” – Schoolhouse Brewery Ltd, County Durham
  • “Wildside Brewing Brand” Wildside Brewing Co, Greater Manchester

Supplier Associate of the Year

  • Advanced Packaging Materials
  • Byworth Boilers
  • Crookham Travel
  • Complete Bottling
  • Saxon Packaging 

UK’s Best Independent Craft Beer Retailer – Multiple

  • Borough Wines, eight stores in London
  • Waitrose, 350 stores Nationwide
  • We Brought Beer, three stores in London

UK’s Best Independent Craft Beer Retailer – Single

  • Beer Ritz, Leeds
  • Favourite Beer, Cheltenham
  • Hop Burns & Black, Peckham
  • Hop Hideout, Sheffield
  • The House of Trembling Madness, York

UK’s Best Independent Craft Beer Bar or Pub – City

  • The Pelican Inn, Gloucester, Gloucestershire
  • North Bar, Leeds, West Yorkshire
  • Sheffield Tap, Sheffield, South Yorkshire
  • Tapped Leeds, Leeds, West Yorkshire
  • York Tap, York, North Yorkshire

UK’s Best Independent Craft Beer Bar or Pub – Rural

  • Arvon Ale House, Llandrindod Wells, Powys
  • The Old Workshop, Teignmouth, Devon
  • The Salutation Inn, Ham, Gloucestershire 

UK’s Best Independent Craft Beer Restaurant

  • Booma, Brixton, London
  • Friends of Ham, Leeds, West Yorkshire
  • Headrow House, Leeds, West Yorkshire
  • Pavement Vaults, York, North Yorkshire
  • Purecraft, Birmingham, West Midlands
  • Zerodegrees, Blackheath, London 

Best Independent Craft Beer Promotion – On-trade

  • Beer Day Britain
  • Sheffield Beer Week
  • There’s a Beer For That

Best Independent Craft Beer Promotion – Off-trade

  • Beer Day Britain 
  • There’s a Beer for That