Brentwood Brewing in Essex has won SIBA's (Society of Independent Brewers) national ‘Brewers in the Community’ 2018 award and I was delighted to present them with their award at their p[remises at Calcott Hall Farm in Brentwood.
'Brewers in the Community' is an initiative run by SIBA, a trade association that represents 835 British independent craft breweries. The aim of the campaign is to highlight the fantastic but often-underappreciated work breweries do for charity, local people and for community causes.
SIBA’s judging panel said they were bowled over by Brentwood brewery’s connection to their local community and the range of activities they undertake. They were impressed with their commitment to local charities, to elderly residents, to their sustainability and to supporting local businesses.
Roland Kannor of Brentwood Brewery said:
“We are surprised but delighted to have won the national SIBA Brewers in the Community Award 2018. We are definitely and firmly committed to helping our local community. It is always a pleasure to be of assistance and we always end up having fun and enjoying ourselves at the same time.”
As part of the 'Brewers in the Community' initiative, SIBA has launched its second Brewers in the Community Report, which highlights new research that illustrates how important independent breweries are to communities across Britain. We are certainly lucky to have such a successful and inclusive brewery here in Brentwood and Ongar.
Key findings from the report:
- 82% of independent breweries have support a charity in the last 12 months
- 84% of independent breweries said their relationship with their community was 'important' or 'extremely important' to their business
- 45% of the breweries donating money to good causes chose to support a local or village charity
- 1 in 4 breweries raised over £1,000
- A third of independent breweries now have a Tap Room, which has helped to replace a closed village pub in many instances
Tony Jerome, SIBA's Director of Membership and Marketing concluded:
"Despite the high standard of entries, it was Brentwood brewery that stood out from the rest. Their passion for finding innovative ways to support so many causes from a local pre-school to the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire was truly inspiring. Congratulations to everyone at the brewery!"