Independent craft brewing associations from nine European countries have come together to form the Independent Brewers of Europe (IBE), a new body whose aim is to promote and advance the mutual interests of their members.
IBE includes the Independent Brewers of Ireland association, as well as representative bodies from France, Italy, Denmark, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Spain, Netherlands and the Czech Republic. All members represent smaller, independent craft brewers in their respective countries.
With approaching two thousand member breweries, the nine organisations represent a growing proportion of Europe’s brewers, producing local, artisanal beers. The IBE intends to convey its message both politically and commercially in Europe.
The organisation aims to become a central point of contact for the European institutions and to field representatives to make their case on issues of concern, such as regulation, taxation and access to market, and invites similar bodies from other countries to join them.
Mike Benner, Chief Executive of the Society of Independent Brewsers (SIBA), said: “We’re very pleased to see progress in establishing a much-needed voice for independent brewing organisations across Europe. The craft beer revolution has spread across the continent and with well over 5,000 breweries the sector is well-placed to supply the diverse range of high quality beers demanded by today’s discerning drinkers.”
He continued: “Bonded by our independence I hope a strong and united voice will result from these early discussions. The European beer market remains dominated by global big beer, despite the swing in consumer demand to craft brewed beer.”
The nine founding organisations are:
- Independent Brewers of Ireland
- SIBA, The Society of Independent Brewers, (SIBA) UK
- Syndicat National des Brasseurs Indépendants, (SNBI) France
- Unionbirrai, Italy
- Scanian Beverage Producers, Sweden
- Det Fri Øl, Denmark
- Craft Brewers Netherlands
- Czech and Moravian Microbreweries Association, Czech Republic
- La Asociacion Española de Cerveceras Artesanas Independientes (AECAI)