Thank you to all of the SIBA members, non-members, suppliers and speakers who attended this year's BeerX in Sheffield. We hope you had a wonderful time.
This year's event was a huge success with more than 1,000 delegates attending throughout the week. This is an increase of 25% on last year's event. Suppliers who took stands in the Trade Exhibition were also up 10% and the Festival of Beer also experienced an increase of 25% visitors through the door, who came to enjoy the beer, food, music and rugby.
Highlights of this year's event included a lively debate at SIBA's AGM and presentations from a key number of industry figures including Bob Pease, CEO of the American Brewers Association, Professor Katherine Smart from SAB Miller and David Cunningham from 'There's A Beer For That' who gave the delegates an update on the progression of this generic beer campaign.
There were also numerous workshops, seminars and forums throughout BeerX that appeared to all different sectors of the brewing market.
Mike Benner, SIBA's Managing Director, launched SIBA's new Strategic Plan for 2015-2018 and presented key findings from SIBA's British Beer report. You can read more on these in the SIBA members' Toolbox.
There were plenty of SIBA awards presented during the week. The National Beer Competition took place on Tuesday 17th March where the three Supreme Champion awards went to Brass Castle for their Burnout in the National Cask Beer category, St Austell's Big Job in the National Bottle Beer category and Wild Beer Co's Madness IPA in the National Keg competition. 60 other Gold, Silver and Bronze medals were also presented to other beers. A full list can be found at siba.co.uk.
Hawkshead brewery also won SIBA's top business award for development of its Beer Hall and Roger Protz and George Philliskirk were both recognised for their tireless work in the industry and honoured with SIBA Lifetime Achievement awards.
Thank you once again for all of your support and we hope to see you all again in 2016.
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