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11th May 2021

Society of Independent Brewers Chief Executive James Calder responds to reopening of pubs indoors

“Publicans and brewers across England will today be able to let out a sigh of relief when the Prime Minister confirms pubs will be allowed to open indoors from 17th May.

The majority of pubs simply do not have the outdoor space to make opening outdoors commercially viable, meaning most have remained closed. Now as pubs are able to invite customers back inside the industry is finally able to begin on its road to recovery.

In the week ahead beer from local breweries will be making its way to pub cellars – as landlords prepare to let customers back inside Britain’s Public Houses and serve them a pint of fresh independent beer. Thousands of people across the U.K. have already been sharing photos on social media of them enjoying a pint of cask beer – which is only available in pubs – using the #CaskIsBack hashtag and now with pubs reopening proper this can continue with gusto.” James Calder, SIBA Chief Executive


Find out more about the Cask is Back campaign via or follow the hashtag #CaskIsBack on twitter, instagram and facebook.

Press release from SIBA

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