SIBA unveils BeerX speaker programme

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Bob Pease, chief executive officer of the American Brewers Association, one of the key speakers at BeerX 2015

The Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) has unveiled speakers for BeerX, its celebration of British beer taking place in Sheffield this March.

Speakers addressing delegates on BeerX Industry Day, Thursday 19 March, are: Bob Pease, chief executive officer of the American Brewers Association; Katherine Smart, group chief brewer at SAB Miller and David Cunningham, director of There’s A Beer For That. Speeches will be followed by a panel of politicians, including Andrew Griffiths MP, Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group, who will debate what the next Government should do to support independent brewers, including any implications from the 2015 Budget, held on the previous day.


BeerX also includes a programme of 30+ seminars on a range of topics, delivered by some of the industry’s most authoritative and engaging speakers. Brewing guru Dr Charlie Bamforth speaks on beer quality and maturation; Paul Chase of CPL Training on alcohol and society; Pete Brown on brand marketing and Ali Capper on British hops, among others. There will also be sessions on kegging beers, running a pub, export and meetings with buyers from on and off trade retailers.


SIBA managing director Mike Benner said, “The calibre of speakers we have attracted to share their experience and opinions at BeerX speaks volumes for the stature of the event and of SIBA.  The programme covers everything that is important to our delegates, from technical aspects of brewing to finding export markets, to the political, social and health aspects of beer.


“Our vision for BeerX is to present British beer at its best to a broad audience. With this outstanding line up of speakers, as well as our National Beer Competition, Business Awards and Festival of Beer, this third BeerX looks set to be the most successful yet.”




BeerX takes place from 17-21 March, at iceSheffield.  It includes the UK’s biggest brewing trade show, with stands from more than 100 suppliers. The finalist cask, bottled and keg beers from SIBA’s regional beer competitions will be judged and the winners unveiled, while the Festival of Beer is expecting up to 4,000 beer drinkers from Sheffield and beyond.

BeerX is open to SIBA members and other industry delegates. To see the full programme and to buy a ticket, visit


Tuesday 17 March:JUDGING DAY

  • Final judging of all SIBA National Beer Competitions: Cask, Bottled and Craft Beer in Keg

Wednesday 18 March:SIBA AGM AND MEMBERS’ DAY

  • SIBA AGM and briefings from SIBA executive
  • Seminar programme
  • Chairman’s reception
  • Announcement of SIBA’s National Beer Competition winners

Thursday 19 March:            INDUSTRY DAY

  • Key note speeches and political panel
  • Seminar programme
  • Presentation of the SIBA Business Awards and Lifetime Achievement Award


  • Festival of Beer open to public from 2.00 to 11.00 pm 

Saturday 21 March:  FESTIVAL OF BEER

  • Festival of Beer from 12 noon to 11.00 pm, 6 Nations Rugby matches screened 


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Top of the hops

(l-r) winner of the British Hop Award 2014 Jonathan Adams of S J Adams & Son receives his award from James Arkell, Master of the Worshipful Company of Brewers

S J Adams & Son wins the British Hop Award 2014

Worcestershire based hop grower S J Adams & Son has been named the overall winner of the British Hop Awards for 2014, as the results of the 71st Institute of Brewing & Distilling’s (IBD) annual competition were announced at an awards ceremony in London on the 23rd of January.

Taking the title ahead of 123 entries, the champion hop is a sample of Goldings, chosen for its rounded complexity encompassing delicate floral and citrus overtones with slightly spicy and earthy notes in the background.

Simon Jackson, Executive Director of the IBD, said, “The hop competition has grown over recent years in line with the increasing demand for British hops, driven in large part by the growth of craft brewing both in the UK and in international markets, where brewers are increasingly inspired by British beer styles and hop varieties.”

“This innovation in brewing at home and abroad is matched by that of British hop growers, who have rekindled interest in our traditional native varieties, and developed new ones at an astonishing speed. We were, once again, delighted by the quantity and quality of samples submitted, and grateful for the continued support of so many hop growers and growing groups for this long-standing competition.”

Jonathan Adams of S J Adams & Son commented, “Winning the Goldings category last year was a great achievement. To win the Goldings category this year and take the overall champion award is the ultimate prize in British hop growing.”

Judging of the competition took place in December, where the judging panel drew on their knowledge and experience to assess the hops on a number of criteria such as quality and intensity of aroma and trueness to variety type – before giving the top awards to the hops they would most want to use in brewing their own beers.

Judges commented that the hops submitted were of a high quality, and further noted that:

  • • Overall aroma of Goldings hops was exceptional, making this class one of the hardest to judge.
  • • Target is becoming more purposeful as a dual purpose hop for brewers, presenting some excellent aroma properties this year.
  • • It was enjoyable to see some of the new innovative aromatic varieties starting to enter the competition.

The judging process produces winners in five classes before the overall winner, which were:

  • Le May Cup for best sample of Goldings

Winner: S J Adams & Son

  • Hop Merchants Cup for best sample of hops (from each category) bought on the basis of their aroma.

Winners (in four aroma categories):L E Humphreys & Sons (Pioneer); Little Lambswick (Challenger); M R & A Capper (Pilgrim); Clive & Richard Edmed (Target)

  • Brewers Cup for best sample of High Alpha content hops

Winner: CR & G Daws (Admiral)

  • Wigan Cup: for best sample of Fuggle

Winner: W Rogers & Sons

  • Botanix Cup for best sample of Dwarf/Hedgerow variety

Winner: J Walker (First Gold)


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Purity Brewing Company comes to the Capital

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Thanks to the continued growth of the business and the installation of a new brewery in 2014, the award-winning brewer has trebled its capacity, added three new beers into its range and has widened its geography to include the capital.

Craft Beer Rising is a prestigious event and will see a Purity bar stocked with its most recent additions, Longhorn IPA and Lawless Lager, as well as limited edition black beer, Gnarly.

Longhorn is an unfiltered rye IPA brewed with Maris Otter, Rye, Crystal Rye and Caramalts to create a copper warming colour and hopped with Northern Brewer, Chinook, Galaxy and Simcoe Hops to give both citrus and tropical fruit tones.

Lawless unfiltered lager is the brewery’s crisp hopped, 40 day, lagered beer which combines its crisp pilsner style lager with a blend of Hallertau Northern Brewer, Eldorado and Styrian Goldings hops to create a truly distinctive beer.

And Gnarly, with only a few hundred bottles left, is brewed with a variety of Maris Otter, Crystal Rye, Smoked and Black Malts, hopped with Northern Brewer, Cascade, Chinook and conditioned for six months in traditional oak whisky casks, before being corked in 750ml bottles.

Purity Brewing Company was founded by Paul Halsey and James Minkin in 2005 and was based on three very simple principles – brew great beer, without prejudice and without compromise. To ensure it maintains these principles, Purity bases the business on three basic pillars; Pure Quality, Pure Eco and Pure Ingredients.

Pure Quality encapsulates the brewery’s attention to detail in brewing the beer and ensuring customer service. Pure Eco reflects its commitment to the environment and its achievement in being industry leaders in water, energy and ingredient efficiencies and Pure Ingredients – which are just that – only the finest hops and malts are being used by Purity’s talented brew team.

Since its formation, Purity Brewing has become a household name in the world of craft beer, winning the prestigious International Beer Challenge Top 50 Beers in the World, Great Taste Awards along with numerous SIBA and CAMRA awards.

Purity’s London accounts are being handled by Matt Surridge, an experienced licencee with a passion for brewing and the capital. Matt will be present at the stand bearing Purity’s beers throughout the event.

On Purity’s move into London, Paul Halsey, MD says: “This is an incredibly exciting time for Purity Brewing Company. We have established ourselves nationally over the past few years, through hard work, commitment to the brand and by consistently brewing outstanding beer. We are blessed with an incredibly talented brew team and I am excited that the people of London are going to be able to drink our beers.

London is a huge market and can bring huge credibility to an already thriving brand. We are ready London, are you?”


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