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2nd June 2021

SIBA responds to the publication of the new report by the All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group (APPBG)

On Caskenomics: Cask beer’s COVID crisis and the impact on people, pubs and places

Chief Executive of SIBA, James Calder said:

“Cask beer produced by our nation’s small and independent brewers is integral to our community pubs and forms an important part of our cultural heritage. However under Covid-19, cask beer has faced its biggest threat. It is welcome that MPs in this new report have therefore recognised the challenges that small breweries and pubs face to rebuild and the help we need to revive real ale.

“So that small independent brewers and pubs can survive and thrive into the future, now is the time for the Chancellor to consider a lower duty on draught beer and for the Government to keep to the roadmap out of lockdown. These measures will go a long way to ensure that cask is back for good and help the sector to recover.”


To read the APPBG Press Release and access the report and other assets, visit:

Press release from SIBA

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