The Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) has opened the entries for its Business Awards 2019 – and this year, Imbibe is getting involved as the official partner for the Best Independent Craft Beer Restaurant category.
The awards are free to enter, with numerous categories judged by a panel of industry experts. For the restaurant award, SIBA is welcoming applications from establishments of all sizes that excel in promoting and championing high-quality beer.
‘Winners in recent years have demonstrated a commitment to independent craft beer and offered a well-curated selection of quality beers, often paired specifically with certain menu dishes – something that judges will be looking for again in 2019,’ Mike Benner, chief executive of SIBA, told Imbibe.
Indeed, the judging panel is particularly interested in restaurants with carefully selected beer lists that work well with their food menus, regardless of the list's length.
‘SIBA's Best Independent Craft Beer Restaurant category has gone from strength to strength, with the quality of entries making the judges task of selecting an overall winner increasingly difficult,’ commented Benner.
‘Restaurants across the UK are beginning to understand that offering quality craft beer from local breweries is an important part of their offering, and that [...] there are some fantastic beer and food pairings to be made which enhance the experience for diners.
'SIBA is delighted to be partnering with Imbibe to find the UK's Best Independent Craft Beer Restaurant 2019 and looks forward to seeing how tough a task entrants give judges this year!’