Brecon Brewing's Buster Grant steps down as SIBA chairman

Robin Eveleigh

17 April 2018

The chairman of the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA), Buster Grant, has resigned his role, just days after announcing he was pulling out of his two tap house venues.

Grant - founder of Brecon Brewing - stepped down on Thursday to 'dedicate more time to business activities,' according to a SIBA statement.

The news came just ten days after the multi award-winning brewery revealed its two tap houses were under new ownership

Grant was appointed SIBA chair in March last year.

SIBA Chief Executive Mike Benner said in the wake of his resignation: 'I would like to thank Buster for his hard work, dedication and leadership since his election to the Chair in March 2017 and wish him the very best of luck for the future.'

Brecon Inns - a sister company to Brecon Brewing - had been operating the Brecon Tap for two years and took over the lease on a second venue, Kilverts hotel in Hay-on-Wye, in April 2017.

The Brecon Tap announced through its Facebook page on Tuesday April 2nd that its parent company had ceased trading, leaving a question mark over investments made during its crowdfunding launch scheme.

Former Brecon Tap manager, William Phillips, has now assumed responsibility for both venues under a new company - Brecon n Hay Tap.

The announcement reads: 'Will has taken over the lease to safeguard the pub we all love and our hardworking staff, who would have otherwise been lost.

'We thank everyone who has supported Brecon Inns, we are sad to see it end, but we are looking forward to a new beginning.'

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