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14th January 2013

New Award from SIBA to recognise outstanding contribution to brewing

The Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) has created a new award to recognise outstanding contribution to the brewing industry – the SIBA Silver Tankard.  Nominations are invited between now and 31 January and the tankard will be presented to this year’s recipient at BeerX, SIBA’s celebration of British beer, in March.

The Silver Tankard aims to reward individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to SIBA, or to the broader UK brewing industry, over a number of years.  Candidates for the Award need not be members of SIBA and may be nominated by non-members – though nominations must be endorsed by a full SIBA member.

All nominations will be put forward for consideration by a selection committee. There is no limit on the number of nominees, nor on the number of Silver Tankard recipients. Equally, if none of the nominations are deemed worthy, no award will be made.

SIBA vice chairman Nigel Sadler said, “We are delighted to be launching this new award and look forward to presenting it to a deserving winner at BeerX.

“The revival of British brewing that we have witnessed over the past decade came about because a handful of individuals in the industry had the vision, talent and determination to do things differently.  Many, but not all, of those people were, and still are, members of SIBA, so it seems entirely fitting that our organisation should honour the role they played in creating this vibrant and innovative industry.”

More detail on the nomination process, and a downloadable form, can be found on the SIBA website:


Issued on behalf of:                Society of Independent Brewers

By:                                           ShielPorter Communications

For information:                      Ros Shiel

07841 694137 / 01403 267971