BEERX 2022 Programme Schedule

BeerX UK 2022 will feature a packed schedule of expert seminars, panel debates with the industry's leading voices, and more tasting sessions than ever before - including Advanced flavour training with the Beer & Cider Academy, a run down of the freshest American craft beers with the Brewers Association, a session with Gabe Cooke on mixed-ferm beers and the crossover with cider, with many more still to be revealed.

View the SIBA BEERX 2022 Guide

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Fringe Events - Tuesday 15th March 2022

The Ship & Mitre / Dead Crafty Beer Co - 6pm & 8pm
‘Craft Beer Experience’ Tutored Beer Tasting

AleHunters and Rambling Beer Co co-host an evening of tastings at of locally produced beers and current trends in modern craft beer. We have many years experience hosting tours and tastings, are Beer Sommeliers, Cicerones® and international beer judges.

Duration: 2 hours
Includes: 4 x 1/3rds at the Ship & Mitre + 3 x 1/3rds Dead Crafty
Tickets: £29.50 per head

Wednesday 16th March 2022

10:00 - 10.30
Reception Open

10:00 - 18:00
Exhibition Open

Beer Garden - 11:00 - 12:00
Advanced 'off-flavour' training with the Beer & Cider Academy

Alex Barlow (Beer & Cider Academy). Hosted by Neil Walker (SIBA Head of Comms)

Session description:
Alex Barlow, Head of the Beer & Cider Academy's Beer Sommelier programme, presents an advanced 'off-flavour' training session aimed at helping brewer detect and understand possible beer faults. Session presented in association with Aroxa - Tools for professional taste panels and sensory analysis.

Alex Barlow (Beer & Cider Academy)
Master Brewer, brewing consultant and sommelier with over 30 years broad experience of brewing, dispense quality, sales and retail. Alex founded Sentinel Brewing Co. in Jan. 2016 and Co-founded Triple Point Brewing March 2019.

The Cellar - 11:00 - 12:00
Panel: How do we create positive work environments in the craft brewing industry?

Charlotte Cook, she/her (Coalition Brewing), Rob McKay, he/him (Drygate Brewing Co), Helen Anne Smith, they/them (Burum Collective / Wilderness Brewing), Stacey Ayeh, he/him (Rock Leaopard) Siobhan Buchanan, she/her (British Beer Girl), Helena Adedipe & Anthony Adedipe (Eko Brewing), Hosted by Sarah Sinclair.

Session description:
Sarah Sinclair hosts this important panel discussing how breweries of all shapes and sizes can take practical steps to create positive work environments, be more inclusive, and support staff in all areas of the business.

Sarah Sinclair (she/her)
Sarah is a writer and marketer who believes craft beer can be a tool for social change. She has written for Ferment Magazine and Burum Collective, and works as the Marketing & Events Manager for Moonwake Beer Co. in Edinburgh. She previously worked in the hospitality industry while she was at Kingston University studying her bachelor's in Journalism & Politics before choosing to specialise in independent beer.

Siobhan Buchanan (she/her)
Based in Edinburgh, Siobhan has worked with breweries, festivals, and beer brands all over the world as a freelancer. She is also alcohol-free brewery Jump Ship’s Digital Communications Manager.

Over the last year she has been highlighting sexism, harassment and mistreatment in the beer industry on her Instagram account @britishbeergirl, which led to appearances on national broadcast and print media, on podcasts, and at events. As a queer woman, she also uses her platform to amplify the voices of marginalised genders and sexualities, and started the Queer Beer Drinkers Edinburgh group for LGBTQI+ people interested in sampling (and learning about) craft beer.

Stacey Ayeh (Rock Leopard) (he/him)
Stacey Ayeh is a drinks industry veteran who started back in 2002 with his introduction of Kopparberg and Rekorderlig ciders to the UK. Stacey moved into the burgeoning craft beer industry back in 2007 when he introduced the UK to Sweden’s Nils Oscar Brewery. In 2016, a brief stint at London Fields Brewery alerted him to the possibility of contract brewing and thus sowed the seed of one day starting his own. Rock Leopard Brewing Co, his labour of love is currently in the process of building a brewpub in Thamesmead (SE London). He has and continues to be a very vocal advocate for craft beer to live up to its promise.

Charlotte Cook (she/her)
Head brewer at Coalition Brewing, with a 10 year career in brewing that also includes stints at Pohjala, Cloudwater, Hammerton and Trumans. One of Punks with Purpose’s original signatories, she has appeared on Radio 4’s “Woman’s Hour” and “The Food Programme” to share the message of inclusivity and the calling out of toxic workplace environments.

Her Masters of Science thesis on the economic viability of high dry-hopping rates, also shows her has the sustainability and future of the industry at its heart. That should come as no surprise from someone whose dedication, across the board, is making beer better than it was before.

Rob MacKay (he/him)
Rob MacKay is the Creative Director at Drygate Brewing Co, based in Glasgow. He left his job as a graphic designer in 2013 to enter the beer industry as a marketing assistant at BrewDog, moved into managing new product development, before taking up his current role in late 2018. Rob is one of only three Master Cicerones outside North America.

Helen Anne Smith (they/them)
Founder of Burum Collective, an online drinks network and community blog working towards a safer, friendlier and more inclusive industry. Currently working at Bacareto in Cardiff as a bartender, as well as managing marketing for Wilderness Brewery and Welsh Mountain Cider. Previously worked with Little Pomona and Barleywood for the 2021 harvest, as well as a 4.5 year career in hospitality. Worked with Cloudwater Brew Co. on their Wayfinder residency in 2021.

Helena Adedipe & Anthony Adedipe (Eko Brewing) (she/her & he/him)
Founded by Anthony and Helena in 2018, Eko Brewery aims to produce unique tasting beers. During a 12 months secondment to America in 2013, Anthony and Helena were inspired by the micro brewery scene in the US and set out to create their own unique beer with influences taking from their African heritage.

Beer Garden - 12:45 - 13:30
Optimising your webshop and user experience to maximise sales

Neil Walker (SIBA). Hosted by Barry Watts (SIBA Head of Public Affairs and Policy).

Session description:
With more breweries than ever selling beer online how do you ensure you are giving customers the best possible experience in order to drive sales? SIBA's Head of Comms & Marketing Neil Walker talks UX, intuitive design and best practice for your your web shop.

Neil Walker (SIBA)
Neil Walker is SIBA's Head of Comms & Marketing and leads on all areas of marketing, communications and press. With experience on both sides of the news desk, he has a passion for producing creative, engaging content and targeted marketing communication campaigns - across various formats - achieving maximum exposure for the independent craft beer industry.

The Celler - 13:00 - 13:45
Nitro charge your beers: Understanding and harnessing this unique gas

Sean Knight (Siren). Hosted by Barry Watts (SIBA Head of Public Affairs and Policy).

Session description:
Siren are UK trailblazers when it comers to Nitro: Brewing everything from coffee & chocolate stouts, to sour, grapefruit infused Nitro-IPAs. In this session you'll learn how they harness and utilise nitrogen to create truly unique beers.

Sean Knight, Siren
Born and raised in Cape Town South Africa, Sean moved to the UK in 2010 after completing a degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Cape Town. Starting his brewing career at one of London’s first new independent breweries whilst studying through the IBD, Sean has worked in all areas of production including quality, engineering, safety, brewing, packaging and sensory. In 2019 Sean joined Siren Craft Brew as Head Brewer, overseeing the production side of this world Top 100 brewery with an established flagship range and a formidable release schedule. Siren made more than 100 unique beers in 2021 across a range of styles, which included filling more than 100,000 nitro cans!

Beer Garden - 13:45 - 14:30
A simple plan for social media: Creation & Implementation

Laurence Creamer. Hosted by Neil Walker (SIBA Head of Comms).

Session description:
Laurence Creamer (BeerX, There's a Beer for That, Barnstorm Social) discusses the importace of having a clear social media plan, and using it to drive engagement and sales for your business.

Laurence Creamer
Social Media consultant with over 15 years experience in digital, 10 of which in the beer and pub sector, including running campaigns such as Beer Genie, There's A Beer For That and Long Live The Local. Now in his third year of running the BeerX social, Laurence is also an accredited beer sommelier and member of the British Guild of Beer Writers.

The Cellar - 14:00 - 14:45
SIBA Independent Beer Awards: How to win

Neil Walker & Jaega Wise. Hosted by Jenna Barningham (SIBA).

Session description:
The range of beer styles being brewed in the UK, and the format in which they are swerved, has changed massively over the last few years and SIBA's new competition categories reflect those changes. Join this session to learn how to brew and enter award-winning beers.

Neil Walker, SIBA
Neil is SIBA's Head of Comms & Marketing and leads on all areas of marketing communications and promotion of independent craft brewing members across the UK. He is also interim Chair of SIBA’s Competitions Committee, an accredited Beer Sommelier, and a passionate beer writer and Director of the British Guild of Beer

Jaega Wise
British Guild of Beer Writer’s ‘Brewer of the Year 2018’, Jaega’s background is in the field of Chemical Engineering and she combines expertise in mathematics, engineering & logistics to lead the brewing team at Wild Card.

Jaega is also a television presenter, most recently featuring on Amazon Prime’s ‘Beer Masters’ and Channel 5's The Wine Show.

Beer Garden - 14:45 - 15:45
The Beer Sommelier's Table: Beer & cheese matching

Natalya Watson. Hosted by Neil Walker (SIBA Head of Comms).

Session description:
Experienced Beer Sommelier trainer Natalya Watson leads this mouth-watering session exploring the possibilities available to you when matching delicious craft beer with cheese.

Natalya Watson
Natalya Watson is a beer educator, Beer Sommelier, and Advanced Cicerone® passionate about sharing her knowledge of beer with others because she believes that beer is simply too delicious to remain undiscovered. She's the founder of Virtual Beer School, host of the 'Beer with Nat' podcast, and author of Beer: Taste the Evolution in 50 Styles. Follow her on social @beerwithnat or find out more at

The Cellar - 15:00 - 15:45
Scottish Origins: Storytelling through microflora & barrel-aging with Fyne Ales

Jamie Delap (Fyne Ales). Hosted by James Calder (SIBA Chief Executive).

Session description:
Fyne Ales' Origins Brewing project explores the endless possibilities of mixed fermentation, blending and barrel-ageing. In this session learn about how they create complex, interesting flavours, and the endless possibilities open to us as brewers.

Jamie Delap
Jamie Delap is Managing Director and owner of Fyne Ales, a family-owned farm brewery located in rural Argyll Scotland. Taking the reigns from his parents who founded the brewery in 2001, Jamie’s background in engineering and his loves of both the traditions of British brewing and storytelling through beer have helped him guide Fyne Ales’ significant growth over the last eleven years.

Beer Garden - 16:00 - 16:45
British hops, sustainability and the journey towards zero carbon

Will Kirby (Brookhouse Hops). Hosted by James Calder (SIBA Chief Executive).

Session description:
Brookhouse Hops discuss English hops, where a wealth of flavour, aroma and choice is available to every type of brewer - and how buying homegrown can help reduce your brewery's cabron footprint.

Will Kirby
Will Kirby is a hop farmer from Herefordshire. Previously he worked in The City before moving with his family to the countryside and started hop growing in 2016. Brook House Hops are now the largest hop grower in the UK.

He is the only first-generation hop grower in the UK, and farms he manages now have capacity to grow approximately 15% of the UK crop. As well as investing in the infrastructure and modernising facilities, Will has also been determined to implement a wide range of sustainable farming initiatives including investment in renewable technology, rewilding schemes, tree planting and river management.

Brook House Hops also distributes hops in the UK for Clayton Hops and Yakima Chief as well as other brewing inputs.

The Cellar - 16:00 - 16:45
Beautiful beer design: Why getting your design right matters

Pete Brown. Hosted by Neil Walker (SIBA Head of Comms).

Session description:
Pete Brown discusses what makes certain brewery branding standout, and why others seem to blend into the crowd, as well as the key takeaways from his award-winning book 'Beer by Design'.

Pete Brown
Pete Brown is a British author, journalist, broadcaster and consultant specialising in food and drink, especially the fun parts like beer, pubs, cider, bacon rolls and fish and chips. He was named British Beer Writer of the Year in 2009, 2012, 2016 and 2021, has won three Fortnum & Mason Food and Drink Awards, been shortlisted twice for the Andre Simon Awards, and in 2020 was named an “Industry Legend” at the Imbibe Hospitality Awards.

Beer Garden - 17:00 - 17:45
Unlocking historic flavours: Brewing with heritage malts

Mike Benson (Crisp Malt), Colin Johnstone (Crisp Malt). Hosted by Neil Walker (SIBA Head of Comms).

Session description:
Crisp Malt discuss the range of heritage malts now available, and how their unique and distinct flavour characteristics can be utilised in a range of historic and modern beer styles.

Mike Benson, Crisp Malt
Mike is the sales manager for Wales, Scotland and West of England. With 20 years of experience working and running breweries, Mike is able to provide advice and guidance for our customers and loves recipe development, problem solving and optimising around the brewery.

Colin Johnston, Crisp Malt
Colin heads up the Craft Sales and Marketing Team at Crisp. He looks after our craft distilling customers and has spoken at conferences and seminars in the UK and USA on distilling and malting. He loves a technical challenge and is a geek for brewing science.

The Cellar - 17:00 - 18:00
Panel: Does the new alcohol duty system create a more level playing field for drink makers?

Ellie Hudspith (CAMRA), Simon Thorpe (Wine GB), Ian Fozard (Rooster's Brewery), Tom Tibbits (Three Counties Cider and Perry Association). Hosted by Barry Watts (SIBA Head of Public Affairs and Policy).

Session description:
The Government's overhaul of Aclohol Duty is the biggest shake-up in 140 years, but does the new system create the level-playing field it's supposed to? Hear from key voices from across the alcohol production industry,hosted by SIBA's Head of Public Affairs Barry Watts.

Ellie Hudspith, CAMRA
Ellie is Senior Campaigns Manager at the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), coordinating campaigning and lobbying work to support and promote beer, cider, and pubs. She has worked at CAMRA for nearly 7 years, doing everything from helping campaign groups to save their local pub to giving expert evidence to MPs on key policy areas for the sector. Most recently she has been helping coordinate CAMRA's Inclusion, Diversity and Equality Review and working with the SIBA team on making sure small brewers get the best out of the Alcohol Duty Review. She lives in Cardiff and spends her spare time seeking out cracking pubs for a Sunday roast and pint of cask.

Ian Fozard, Roosters’ Brewery
Ian qualified as an Accountant but quickly moved into General Management roles working in industry for 18 years becoming Operations Director of a major company. After taking voluntary redundancy, he started his own free house pub company in 1998 and grew this to 15 outlets across N&W Yorkshire. He’d been a CAMRA member since 1975 and had previously “dabbled” in alehouses with friends so this was natural progression!

He sold the pub business in 2011, simultaneously purchasing Rooster’s Brewing Co with his two sons – they run the business day to day; with Ian in a strategic and financial role. Ian became a SIBA. Director in 2014 representing the NE region and he was SIBA national chairman between 2018 and 2021.

Simon Thorpe, Wine GB
Simon has more than 30 years’ experience in different commercial sectors of the wine industry, including senior roles with Waitrose, Constellation, Negociants and Fells. He has been a board member of both the Institute of Masters of Wine and the WSET, and continues to work with both organisations. Passionate about the British wine industry, he took over the role as CEO of WineGB in October 2020 and was appointed to the board in March 2021

Tom Tibbits, Three Counties Cider and Perry Association
Tom Tibbits, cidermaker and smallholder based in the Marches just in the lee of the Black Mountains, makes natural cider with his wife in their micro-cidery using only apples from traditional standard orchards. No water, no sugar, nothing added except passion, time and experience. The results are award winning ciders and perries with a low carbon footprint and high ecological value. Tom also has a career in photovoltaic device research and loves needling the government. His interest in the alcohol duty system stems from both self-interest and the desire to see a greater level of fairness across society.

The Cellar - 18:30 - 18:45
Chairman's Reception & Lifetime Achievement Award

Session description:
SIBA National Chairman Roy Allkin of Boss Brewing will opening the evening’s Awards proceedings with the Chairman’s Reception and presentation of the SIBA ‘Silver Tankard’ Lifetime Achievement Award 2022.

This award celebrates an individual who has, over the course of a number of years, made an outstanding contribution to SIBA, at either national or regional level, or to the UK brewing industry in general

The Cellar - 18:45 - 19:30
SIBA Business Awards 2022

Session description:

Session description:
The SIBA Business Awards seek to congratulate excellence in the brewing industry across a variety of categories, from pump clip, can and bottle design, to efforts taken by brewers to make their business more sustainable, innovative or successful, as well as naming the UK’s best bars, restaurants and retailers of craft beer from independent breweries.

The SIBA Business Awards 2022 include three new categories in response to shifting consumer buying habits over the last year: “UK’s Best Independent Craft Beer Retailer – Online”, “UK’s Best Independent Craft Brewery Webshop” and “Community Engagement”, the latter award aimed at breweries which have cemented themselves as assets of their local communities over the last year.

The hotly contested award for the “UK’s Best Independent Craft Brewery Taproom” will also return in 2022, following huge interest since its launch in 2020.

For more information on the awards or to view the full category criteria please visit

Fringe Events - Wednesday 16th March 2022

The Ship & Mitre
Beer and Cheese Tasting

AleHunters and Rambling Beer Co have collaborated to host an amazing tutored beer and cheese pairing at some Liverpool's legendary Ship and Mitre. Expect to taste and match 5 beers and cheeses. Hosted by Beer Sommeliers, Cicerones® and international beer judges this should be a fantastic experience for beer lovers.

Duration: 1.5 hours
Includes: 5 x beers + 5 x cheese
Tickets: £22.50 per head

Turncoat bar
From 2pm
The Kernel Tap Takeover

Exclusive The Kernel Brewery tap takeover, with 10 lines dedicated to the Kernel available over the two days of BeerX UK. BeerX UK visitors can also get 50% off food by showing your exhibitor pass or Delegate ticket.

The Pumphouse, Albert Dock
From 7 - 10:30pm
BFBi BeerX Evening

Entrance via wristband only – wristbands may be secured from sponsors. BFBi members also able to purchase wristbands from BFBi stand. For further information contact or one of the sponsors: CBBR, Charles Faram, Kegstar, Murphys & SSV

Albert Schenke
From 7pm
SALT Mini TTO & Meet the Team

Colin and the team will be at Albert's Schenke enjoying a few beers including our new Full Circle collab - Hopplebock, a deliciously hoppy dopplebock. Join us for an evening of good beers, good chat and good times. Prost!

The Bridewell
From 7.30pm
Ossett x Kirkstall Tap Takeover

West Yorkshire breweries, Ossett & Kirkstall will be showcasing a range of cask & kegs beers including new releases and collaborations. Come and join both brewery teams for a relaxed evening of great beer and conversation on Wednesday 16th March from 7.30pm.

The Denbigh Castle
From 7.30pm
Ossett x Kirkstall Tap Takeover

West Yorkshire breweries Ossett & Kirkstall will be showcasing a range of cask & kegs beers including new releases and collaborations.

Head of Steam
Brew York Meet The Brewer & Special Release

Come and meet the founders of Brew York, Lee and Wayne as they tell the story of Brew York and the beers we brew. We will have a great line-up of beers and the 1st pour of one of our new specials!

Bundobust Liverpool
Throughout BeerX
Bundobust Brewery x Verdant Showcase

A showcase of Bundobust and Verdant beers on tap to celebrate the launch of Patta, their new West Coast Rye IPA collaboration. Featuring a cask exclusive from Verdant, alongside greatest hits from both breweries; including Bundobust’s recent critically acclaimed Dark Mild collab with Thornbridge.

Thursday 17th March 2022

09:00 - 10:00
Reception Open

09:00 - 18:00
Exhibition Open

10:00 - 12:00
SIBA AGM & Launch of the SIBA British Craft Beer Report 2022

Session description:
The SIBA AGM is a chance for Members to discuss and vote on resolutions, as well as hear updates on the strategic future of the organisation from the National Chairman, Chief Executive and Treasurer.

Following the AGM we will also be launching the SIBA British Craft Beer Report 2022 with a presentation from report Editor Caroline Nodder.

Beer Garden - 13:00 - 14:00
Where does the line between beer and cider become blurred?

Gabe Cook. Hosted by Neil Walker (SIBA Head of Comms).

Session description:
The Ciderologist Gabe Cook leads this boundary-breaking tasting exporing the flavour links between mixed-fermentation beer, graft (a mix of beer and cider), and naturally produced British ciders.

Gabe Cook
Gabe Cook is The Ciderologist - an award-winning, global expert changing the way people think and drink cider. Gabe has worked in the cider industry for 15 years in the UK and New Zealand, from small farmhouse operations all the way up to the world's biggest. As well as chairing a number of international cider competitions, Gabe has written two books, including the newly released Modern British Cider, and established the UK's first Cider Sommelier (Pommelier) programme back in 2018 with the IBD to form the Beer & Cider Academy.

The Cellar - 13:00 - 14:00
Panel: Brewery Taprooms - Community asset or nuisance?

Sarah Hardy (North Brewing), Jack Hobday (Anspach & Hobday), David Sheen (UKHospitality) . Hosted by Barry Watts (SIBA Head of Public Affairs and Policy).

Session description:
Adding a taproom seems like a no-brainer for brewers looking to attract local customers, but what impact do they have? Are brewery taprooms a community asset or nuisance?

Sarah Hardy, North Brewing
Sarah joined North in 2018 when they had 3 brewers, 4 tanks, and canned once a week... Things have escalated a little since then! She now heads up the marketing department at Springwell, the new 21,000 square foot home of North Brewing Co and North Bar Ltd. She has poured beers for North across the globe, organised collaborations with breweries, podcasts, cyclists, and sorbet makers, and works closely with Refold on shaping the North branding. Having worked in craft beer in Berlin, London and Manchester she has a decade of experience in the industry.

Jack Hobday, Anspach and Hobday
Jack is Co-Founder & Chairman at Anspach & Hobday who drives business strategy in support of Paul Anspach and each department with a particular focus on Branding, Marketing, Sales & Retail Teams. Key representative of shareholders interests. Favourite A&H beer: London Black - Nitro Porter.

David Sheen, UK Hospitality
David is approaching twenty years in Government affairs on behalf of the brewing, pub and wider hospitality sector. He began as a statistician at the British Beer & Pub Association in 2004 before moving onto policy and advocacy roles. Having moved to the ALMR in 2017 he was part of the formation of UKHospitality and now heads up UKH’s public affairs teams. He has substantial experience in economic and taxation matters while also leading industry and government engagement on employment and sustainability. He has a strong professional and personal passion for the hospitality sector.

Tap Room - 13:00 - 14:00
Panel: What makes an award winner? In discussion with the Business Awards Judges

Business Awards Judges. Hosted by Neil Walker (SIBA Head of Comms).

Session description:
SIBA's Business Awards cover everything from brewery taprooms and piubs, to bottleshops, marketing campaigns and design - but what makes a winner a winner? Hear we speak to this year's judges on what made winning entries stand out.

The SIBA Business Awards this year consisted of: Neil Walker, Head of Comms & Marketing at SIBA (Chair of Judges); Caroline Nodder, Editor of Independent Brewer and the SIBA British Craft Beer Report; Kate Oppenheim, KO Media and Editor of BII News; Barry Watts, Head of Public Affairs & Policy at SIBA, Jo Hunter, Interior & Architectural Design expert and founder of Hunter’s Daughter; Ellie Hudspith, Senior Campaigns Manager at CAMRA; and Robyn Black, Head of Content at Fleetstreet Comms and former Editor of Inapub.

Beer Garden - 14:15 - 15:00
Brewing great tasting lower-strength beer

Andrew Paterson (Lallemand). Hosted by Barry Watts (SIBA Head of Public Affairs and Policy).

Session description:
As the demand for 'NoLo' beers continues to grow, is your brewery looking to create a lower strength beer for the first time? This session ensures when you do, it tastes great!

Andrew Paterson, Lallemand
Andrew Paterson has been working for Lallemand since the winter of 2018. Prior to joining the company he worked for several years as Head Brewer at Dark Star Brewing Company and at Brewdog brewery in Scotland. His strong practical brewing experience is backed up with a degree in Biochemistry from the University of Edinburgh, and a Masters degree in Brewing and Distilling from Heriot Watt University. In more recent years Andrew has turned his attention to the growing field of low alcohol beer. Lallemand is actively engaged in research in this area which looks likely to provide strong growth for years to come.

The Cellar - 14:15 - 15:00
What's your carbon footprint? A practical guide to sustainability

Iain Kenny (Murphy & Son), Dr Nigel Davies (Muntons), Jennifer Tingay (Southbourne Ales). Hosted by James Calder (SIBA Chief Executive).

Session description:
Sustainability is one of SIBA's core strategic aims and an something all breweries should consier. This panel looks at what can practically be done now and where the issue is headed in the future.

Iain Kenny, Murphy & Son
Iain Kenny graduated with a BSc in Brewing and Distilling in 2006. After a short placement in the filter house in Tenants, Glasgow he moved to his native Sheffield to work for Kelham Island Brewery where he became head brewer in 2008. In 2016 he set up his own small consultancy and brewing business which specialised in helping other brewers and producing beer in keg and bottle. Iain joined the Murphys team as a Technical sales rep for the Midlands in 2017 before becoming Head of Technical in 2020. In this role Iain oversees laboratory operations, research, innovation and sustainability. As part of this remit, Iain has introduced initiatives to monitor and reduce carbon emissions and is committed to making Murphy’s have a positive impact to the benefit of all stakeholders.

Jennifer Tingay, Southbourne Ales
Jennifer Tingay was born and raised in Bournemouth and studied Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia before entering the drinks industry. As Brewing Quality Assurance Manager at Ringwood's she gained a Diploma in Brewing in 2010. In 2013 Jennifer began brewing for a micro-brewery in Lyme Regis where she created Southbourne Ales using spare capacity on their 4 barrel plant. In 2015 she successfully crowd funded her business to finance the 20 barrel Poole Hill Brewery with taprooms in Bournemouth town centre. Jennifer and her small team gained planning permission, listed building conservation approval, undertook the renovations and installed plant themselves using the 10 R’s of sustainability.

Dr Nigel Davies, Muntons plc
Nigel has been a Director in malting and brewing businesses for 20 years spanning Technical , Manufacturing and Sustainability. He also runs his own consultancy in sustainability and manufacturing support through Maltdoctor Ltd. He is Honorary Associate Professor at Nottingham University, School of Biosciences.

Nigel is passionate about making sustainability practical and cutting through the procrastination and barriers that delay us getting on with climate protection. He has spearheaded the establishment of farmer support groups focussed on sustainable agriculture and regen ag. In 2007 he developed the world’s first carbon footprint support tool for malting barley that has enabled a 36% reduction in GHG in Muntons supply chain over 12 years.

Tap Room - 14:15 - 15:00
Charles Faram International Hop Awards 2022

Charles Faram. Hosted by James Calder (SIBA Chief Executive).

Session description:
The Charles Faram International Hop Awards are an annual competition to discover the very best hop variety samples from our Charles Faram Hop Development Programme and celebrate all those involved. From scientists and growers, through to the brewers who are using the hops to create exciting new flavour combinations. You’ll have the chance to sample the latest, and very greatest, innovations in hop development, with both commercial and new development hops available from around the world.

Charles Faram have been hop suppliers for over 150 years, suplying the independent craft brewing industry with varieties from the UK, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Poland, Slovenia, New Zealand and the USA. Faram’s provides an artist’s palette of flavours to create every type and style of beer from the traditional varieties to exciting new developmental varieties from Faram’s own breeding and development programme.

Beer Garden - 15:15 - 16:15
American Craft Beer Tasting with the Brewers Association

Lotte Peplow. Hosted by James Calder (SIBA Chief Executive).

Session description:
Join Lotte Peplow, the Brewers Association’s American Craft Beer Ambassador for Europe, for a tasting of super high-quality, sought-after American craft beers air-freighted in from across the pond for a tip-top tasting experience. What’s more, the brewers themselves will be joining on-line to tell you all about the beers and how they’re brewed. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to sample style-diverse, creative and exciting American craft beers and hear about the latest trends in the American craft brewing world. The Brewers Association is a not-for-profit trade association representing small and independent American craft brewers.

Athletic Brewing Co
DC Brau Brewing Co
Fremont Brewing Co
Rogue Ales
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co
Stone Brewing Co
The Virginia Beer Co.

Lotte Peplow
Lotte Peplow is a Certified Cicerone and an accredited Beer Sommelier who writes about beer, judges beer, conducts talks and tastings on beer, organises events to showcase American craft beer throughout Europe and is a dedicated beer and food pairing advocate. She is British and based in London, UK. Her role for the Brewers Association is to identify opportunities for international expansion of American craft beer by educating trade, media and consumers about the quality and diversity of products offered by the American craft beer industry.

The Cellar - 15:15 - 16:00
SBR at 20 – what’s it achieved and where’s it going?

Eddie Gadd (Gadds' Brewery), Professor Geoff Pugh, Professor David Tyrrall. Hosted by Barry Watts (SIBA Head of Public Affairs and Policy).

Session description:
It is 20 years since Small Breweries’ Relief (SBR) was introduced, but in that time what has it achieved? And with the big changes to alcohol duty next year, where will it be going? Professors Geoff Pugh and David Tyrrall will present their research exploring what SBR has done for the brewing industry. They are joined by Eddie Gadd who will give his insights into its future.

Eddie Gadd, Ramsgate Brewery
Eddie Gadd started his career as a mining engineer in the 80s before swapping his pick and shovel for a Firkin Brewery dipstick in the early 90s. Founded The Ramsgate Brewery 20 years ago, and still runs it.

Professor Geoff Pugh
Geoff is Professor of Applied Economics at Staffordshire University. He has a particular interest in policy support for SMEs in traditional manufacturing industries. With his friends and colleagues David Tyrrall and John Wyld, from the late 1990s Geoff provided research to support the successful campaign to introduce Progressive Beer Duty (PBD), in 2010 he evaluated the impact of PBD on small breweries, and – most recently – has worked with SIBA colleagues to inform HMT’s reform of what is now called Small Brewers’ Relief. Geoff is also happy to sample the product.

Professor David Tyrrall
David Tyrrall worked as an accountant and finance director in the chemical, oil and rail sectors, before becoming a university lecturer, and then civil servant / policy maker. He is now retired but still engages with research projects.

Tap Room - 15:15 - 16:00
Brewery marketing: How to get your beer business ahead of the crowd

Nick Law. Hosted by Neil Walker (SIBA Head of Comms).

Session description:
In this seminar, Branding & Marketing consultant and host of the Hop Forward Podcast, Nick Law, looks at how you can make the most of your marketing by crafting a compelling story and choosing the right mediums to communicate your message to your customer base.

Nick Law
Nick Law is a Branding, Marketing and Beer Business consultant that works with a variety of breweries, bars and bottle shops in both the United Kingdom and overseas. He is also the host of the Hop Forward Podcast, an industry focused show, and brewer of Emmanuales. Visit for more info.

The Cellar - 16:15 - 17:15
Panel: Is cask beer worth saving?

Paul Nunny (Cask Marque), Katie Wiles (CAMRA), Julie O'Grady (Neptune Brewery), Matty Dixon (Sheep in Wolf’s Clothing), Larry Nelson.

Session description:
Depending where you look cask beer is either seeing a huge resurgence in popularity or in terminal decline. This panel explores why boh might betrue and asks 'Is cask beer worth the saving'?

Paul Nunny
Paul Nunny is Executive Director for Cask Marque, a non-profit organisation with a Board made up of representatives from large and small breweries, pub companies and trade bodies, all engaged in continuing to drive beer quality forwards.

Katie Wiles
Katie Wiles is CAMRA’s Head of Comms, campaigning for and promoting Britain’s National Drink; cask ale. An avid beer drinker, writer and podcaster, she is also a Director for the British Guild of Beer Writers.

Julie O’Grady
Julie is Co owner and an occasional brewer of Liverpool’s Neptune brewery and a Founder and contributor for Ladies That Beer - an open and all inclusive social and educational group for women who drink and appreciate all forms of beer.

Matty Dixon
Matty is the founder of Sheep in Wolf’s Clothing, an award winning low and no alcohol focused brewery which launched in July 2021. They are founded on the values of inclusivity, community and sustainability. When not doing beer things he can normally be found hanging out with his rescue dog Max.

Larry Nelson
Publisher of The Brewery Manual and The Cider Manual, annual directories detailing the myriad players in UK brewing and cidermaking industries. Writing majors on the business of beer and cider, both in the UK and globally. A Canadian who has lived in the Home Counties for the past 30 years. Graduate of the University of Westminster with a Master of Arts in Journalism.

Tap Room - 16:15 - 17:00
Get your brewery ready for the Deposit Return schemes

Barry Watts (SIBA), Jamie Delap (Fyne Ales). Hosted by James Calder (SIBA Chief Executive).

Session description:
Drs is now round the corner and if you do small pack this session is pivotal. The scottish drs is going live next year and England, wales and Northern Ireland are planning a seperate scheme for 2024. SIBA’s own Barry Watts with Fyne Ales Jamie Delap will take you through what you need to know.

Jamie Delap
Jamie Delap is Managing Director and owner of Fyne Ales, a family-owned farm brewery located in rural Argyll Scotland. Taking the reigns from his parents who founded the brewery in 2001, Jamie’s background in engineering and his loves of both the traditions of British brewing and storytelling through beer have helped him guide Fyne Ales’ significant growth over the last eleven years.

Beer Garden - 16:30 - 17:30
A beer tasting with a twist: Are you up for the challenge?

Andy Parker. Hosted by James Calder (SIBA Chief Executive).

Session description:
Think your tastebuds are second to none and your palate is as pristine as they come? Join us for this mystery beer tasting with a twist and see if you're up for the challenge!

Andy Parker
Author of CAMRA’s Essential Home Brewing (2018), Owner of award-winning Berkshire-based Elusive Brewing (established 2016). Winner of 2014 Craft Beer Co National Home Brewing Awards.

The Cellar - 18:30 - 19:30
SIBA Independent Beer Awards 2022

Session description:
The presentation of the SIBA National Independent Beer Awards 2022 represent the culmination of 12 months’ of Regional Competitions, with the best of the best going head to head in these National Finals.

Join the awards presentation and find out which breweries take away Gold and which beers are the very best independent craft beers in the UK, across the cask, keg and bottle & can awards.

Fringe Events - Thursday 17th March 2022

Carnival Brewing Company
From 4pm
Irish Craft Beer Tasting

Irish Craft Beer tasting including beer from Whiplash, Boundary and Kinnegar.

The Little Taproom
Bullhouse Brewing Company Tap Takeover

A great selection of beer’s from Belfast’s Bullhouse Brew Co available at The Little Taproom on Aigburth Road, 278 Aigburth Rd, Liverpool L17 9PJ, Thursday (St Patrick's Day).

The Denbigh Castle
From 7.30pm
Ossett x Kirkstall Tap Takeover

West Yorkshire breweries Ossett & Kirkstall will be showcasing a range of cask & kegs beers including new releases and collaborations.

Dead Crafty Beer Co - Post BeerX
Battle of the Taps: North vs South

The Dead Crafty Beer Company are hosting their Battle of the Taps: North vs South once more!

sCome on down for the battle of the 2022, as previous victors North Brewing Co (Leeds) return and take on Drop Project (London). With 8 beers each, you decide who will win! (No ticket needed + free to attend).