We've joined forces with the Society of independent Brewers (SIBA) again to crown the best in Britain.

Entries for the award are open now via this LINK.

There are two awards for best craft beer pub or bar:

 

1. UK's Best Independent Craft Beer Bar or Pub – City

For pubs or bars which have shown an extraordinary commitment to serving the best quality and range of independent craft beers (including cask, keg, bottles or cans). This award is specifically for pubs or bars located in urban, city, town centre, or suburban locations across the UK. Run in association with Inapub.

 

2 UK's Best Independent Craft Beer Bar or Pub – Rural

For pubs or bars which have shown an extraordinary commitment to serving the best quality and range of independent craft beers (including cask, keg, bottles or cans). This award is specifically for pubs or bars located in rural, village, or isolated locations across the UK. Run in association with Inapub.

"The independent craft beer retailer, bar and restaurant categories were introduced in response to the success of the beer market in the UK and the growing importance to recognise those businesses going the extra mile," SIBA chief executive, Mike Benner, said.

They form part of the annual SIBA Business awards, which are free to enter.

 

SIBA Award winners 18

Some of last year's winners with host Nigel Barden (far left) and Inapub chief executive Barrie Poulter

 

"The SIBA Business Awards are unique in being both free to enter and judged by a panel of independent beer industry experts," Benner said.

The rest of the categories for 2019 are:

 

  • Marketing Implementation
  • Green Business
  • Business Innovation
  • Commercial Achievement
  • Best Individual Design
  • Best Concept Design
  • Supplier Associate of the year
  • UK's Best Independent Craft Beer Retailer – Multiple
  • UK's Best Independent Craft Beer Retailer – Single
  • UK's Best Independent Craft Beer Bar or Pub – City (in Association with Inapub)
  • UK's Best Independent Craft Beer Bar or Pub – Rural (in Association with Inapub)
  • UK's Best Independent Craft Beer Restaurant
  • Best Independent Craft Beer Promotion – On-trade
  •  Best Independent Craft Beer Promotion – Off-trade

 

See here for more details and to enter. The closing date for entries is January 31, 2019.

The winners of all the awards will be revealed at BeerX UK at the Exhibition Centre in Liverpool this coming March.

Last year's winners of Best Craft Beer Bar (rural) went to The Cove, Kingsbridge, Devon, for showing that "quality craft beer and a modern yet approachable aesthetic can be delivered to great effect in rural as well as city locations."

In the city category Wigan Central, Wigan, won for its "laser focus on quality, local draught brews as well as extensive international bottled 'beer library.'"