Finalists of SIBA Business Awards 2020 announced

Millie Milliken

Millie Milliken

04 March 2020

From brewing businesses, retailers and bars to restaurants and bottle shops, the finalists of this year’s Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) Business Awards have been announced (see the full list below).

The awards celebrate excellence in the beer and brewing industry, with categories including the likes of sustainability, can design and innovation, as well as those naming the best bars, restaurants and retailers of craft beer from independent breweries in the UK. For the 2020 awards, the Brewery Taproom category was added – and proved hugely popular.

Imbibe was on this year’s judging panel, joining SIBA's Neil Walker, Caroline Nodder and Barry Watts, as well as CAMRA's Katie Wiles and Jonny Garrett (co-founder of The Craft Beer Channel) who praised this year’s finalists: ‘I was blown away by some of the entries into this year's business awards and it was really tough to whittle down. The innovation, variation and commitment so clear in most of the entries was inspiring… We're lucky to have such amazing people and businesses in our industry.’

Garrett will be hosting this year’s awards, which will be taking pace on 11 March at SIBA’s flagship event BeerX UK in Liverpool. Furthermore, they will be presenting the SIBA Independent Beer Awards 2020 on 12 March, which will name the national winners of a 12-month regional beer competition.

2020 also marks 40 years of SIBA championing independent beer in the UK. There will be a number of celebratory events happening across BeerX UK, as well as a 40th Anniversay Bar serving a beer from each decade of the organisation’s existence – including a 2020 collaboration beer.


SIBA Business Awards 2020 Finalists

UK’s Best Independent Craft Beer Restaurant 
Bundobust, Manchester
Brewhouse & Kitchen, Milton Keynes
Curry Leaf cafe, Brighton
Kiln, Soho

Marketing Implementation
Acorn Decades Range
Boss Brewing vs Hugo Boss
Purity Brewing Co + Aston Villa
Signature Brew + International Women’s Day

Green Business
Bluestone Brewing Co.
Good Things Brewing Co.
Purity Brewing Co.
Stroud Brewery

Best Individual Design
Brick Brewery ‘Combined Harvest’
Hollowstone ‘Sorbeto’
North Brew Co ‘Ute’
West Berkshire ‘Detour Pale Ale’

Best Total Concept Design
Brick Brewery ‘Winter Berry Sours’
Cheshire Brewhouse ‘Signature Range’
Full Circle Brew Co. ‘Brand’
Wildcard Brewery ‘Supermarket Redesign’

Business Innovation
North Brewing Co ‘Champions Scheme’
Brewbroker ‘Brewing Marketplace’ 
Little Giant ‘Brewery Efficiency’
Ride Brew Co ‘Ethical Business Model’

Commercial Achievement
Farr Brew 
Moorhouse
Utopian
Wye Valley

UK’s Best Independent Craft Beer Retailer - Multiple
Clapton Craft 
Real Ale Ltd
Tesco
Waitrose

UK’s Best Independent Craft Beer Retailer - Single 
Beer Central, Sheffield
Bier Huis, Ossett
Beer no Evil, Worthing
Ghost Whale Brixton

UK’s Best Independent Craft Beer Bar / Pub - City
Assembly Underground, Leeds
King of Prussia, Finchley 
Pembury Tavern, Hackney
Whitelock's Ale House, Leeds

UK’s Best Independent Craft Beer Bar / Pub - Rural
Bailey Head, Oswestry
The Reading Rooms, Wheathampstead
The Wonston Arms, Winchester
Vocation & Co, Hebden Bridge

Best Independent Craft Brewery Taproom
Cold Town House
Double Barrelled Taproom
Salt Beer Factory
Tyne Bank Taproom

UK’s Best Independent Craft Beer Promotion
Beer Day Britain
Hop Forward Podcast
Nottingham Ale Trails
Nottingham Craft Beer Week

Supplier Associate of the Year
Beer Box Shop
Brewing Services Ltd
LemonTop Creative
Ninkasi Rentals
Saxon Packaging

Brewery Business of the Year 2020
Judges' choice award, announced at BeerX UK

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