The Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) has awarded former St Austell brewing director Roger Ryman (1966-2020) the Silver Tankard Lifetime Achievement Award ‘for his services to the British brewing industry’
Ryman passed away on Thursday 28 May at the age of 52, after a battle with cancer. He had worked at St Austell brewery in Cornwall for over 20 years.
Ryman is credited with turning St Austell into a nationally renowned brand and with developing and launching Tribute and Proper Job, two of the most popular beers in Britain today.
‘Roger’s passion and knowledge of brewing was clear to anyone who was lucky enough to work with him during his influential career in the brewing industry,’ said SIBA chief executive James Calder of Ryman. ‘I was privileged to meet Roger last year following a fascinating and impassioned talk he gave at the Brewers Congress and it was immediately clear the enjoyment he took in his work, and the insight he had to share with others in brewing. He was a titan of the industry who will be sorely missed and long remembered.’
Meanwhile, SIBA chair Ian Fozard commented: ‘I am very proud to be able to announce, on behalf of the SIBA board of directors, that this year’s SIBA’s Lifetime Achievement Award is posthumously awarded to Roger. We hope that this small tribute to a great brewer will make clear the impact he had on his peers within the brewing family.’
‘On behalf of everybody at St Austell Brewery, and Roger’s friends and family, I’d like to thank SIBA for honouring Roger with this year’s lifetime achievement award – a thoroughly deserved recognition,’ responded St Austell chief executive Kevin Georgel.