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1st February 2022

SIBA Business Awards 2022 entry deadline extended to 13th February

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

Following a tough year for brewing and hospitality the 2022 awards include three new categories in response to shifting consumer buying habits, making them the biggest set of awards ever dished out to the industry by the craft brewing trade body.

The 2022 awards include new categories for the “UK’s Best Independent Craft Beer Retailer – Online”, “UK’s Best Independent Craft Brewery Webshop” and “Community Engagement”, the latter award aimed at breweries which have cemented themselves as assets of their local communities in recent years.

The SIBA Business Awards are organised by the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) and seek 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 sustainable, innovative or successful, as well as naming the UK’s best bars, restaurants and retailers of craft beer from independent breweries. The hotly contested award for the “UK’s Best Independent Craft Brewery Taproom” will also return in 2022, following huge interest since its launch in 2020.

Joining the judging panel this year will be: Neil Walker, Head of Comms & Marketing at SIBA (Chair of Judges); Caroline Nodder, Editor of Independent Brewer and the SIBA British Craft Beer Report; Kate Oppenheim, KO Media and Editor of BII News; Barry Watts, Head of Public Affairs & Policy at SIBA, Jo Hunter, Interior & Architectural Design expert and founder of Hunter’s Daughter; Ellie Hudspith, Senior Campaigns Manager at CAMRA; and Robyn Black, Head of Content at Fleetstreet Comms and former Editor of Inapub.

The SIBA Business Awards 2022 will be presented at a live Awards Show on Wednesday 16th March in Liverpool, as part of the UK’s biggest beer and brewing trade event, BeerX UK 2022.

“The SIBA Business Awards 2022 will see a triumphant return to our home at the Liverpool Exhibition Centre and are set to be our biggest and best awards ever. The new categories which recognise the huge growth in online beer retail, as well as the new Community Engagement award which highlights breweries who engage with and benefit their surrounding communities, make these awards more important than ever. Judged by a panel of industry experts and presented in front of the largest gathering of beer and brewing professionals in the UK, the SIBA Business Awards 2022 really are a unique opportunity to get your beer or brewing business the recognition it deserves.” Neil Walker, Chair of Judges, SIBA Business Awards.

SIBA Business Awards 2022 categories:

Marketing Implementation

Sustainable Business

Community Engagement – NEW!

Best Individual Design

Best Concept Design

Business Innovation

Commercial Achievement

UK’s Best Independent Craft Brewery Taproom

UK’s Best Independent Craft Brewery Webshop – NEW!

UK’s Best Independent Craft Beer Retailer – Multiple

UK’s Best Independent Craft Beer Retailer – Single

UK’s Best Independent Craft Beer Retailer – Online – NEW!

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

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

UK’s Best Independent Craft Beer Restaurant

UK’s Best Independent Craft Beer Promotion

Supplier Associate of the year (Brewer nominated)

Brewery Business of the Year (Judging panel awarded)

To view the full category criteria or find out more visit


Press release from SIBA

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