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7th-11th August 2018

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The Great British Beer Festival’s Trade Session is where the British Beer and Pub Industry meet. The session is the perfect place to network with breweries of all shapes and sizes, pub owners, media representatives and other trade professionals. Taking place on Tuesday, 7th August 2018, from 12noon – 5 pm, the session includes the official opening of the festival and the announcement of the winner of the Champion Beer of Britain 2018.

Please see our FAQs page for information on this year’s Trade Session.

Trade applications are now open and will close at midnight on the 6th of August 2018.

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SIBA, the Society of Independent Brewers, is a trade association that represents 835 independent British craft breweries. This year SIBA is using its Assured Independent British Craft Brewers seal to sponsor the GBBF Trade Day.

In order to help drinkers and beer buyers make informed choices, SIBA commissioned independent market research to find out how important it was for beer drinkers to know whether they were drinking truly independent British craft beer. The research showed 69% of beer drinkers thought it would be useful to have a seal on beer dispense such as handpulls, bottles and cans that helped highlight the beer had been brewed by a British independent craft brewery.

SIBA therefore launched the Assured Independent British Craft Brewer(AIBCB) seal, which highlights breweries who are fully independent, British, relatively small and agree to brew their beers in accordance with SIBA’s Food Safety & Quality standard. The AIBCB seal can only be used by truly independent British craft brewers, so beer drinkers can be sure that wherever they see the seal the craft beer they are drinking is the real thing.

Look out for the seal on the bars at GBBF!

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The pub. The local. The life of the village, the heart of the town, the soul of the country… is facing an unwelcome future. Every day 3 pubs close their doors for good.

This summer, ‘Long Live The Local’ will rally the British public, celebrating pubs and reminding people how vital local pubs are to our communities, culture and national identity.

However, between Beer Duty, VAT and business rates, pubs are under increasing tax pressures. One-in-three pounds spent in the pub goes straight to the taxman amounting to an average of £140,000 per pub every year. In November Beer Duty is set to rise again, so we’re asking locals everywhere to sign a petition telling the chancellor the public want a cut in Beer Duty, not a rise.

To sign the petition head to www.longlivethelocal.pubwhere you can also send a letter to your local MP asking them to support the cause in Parliament. If you’re a publican we have a range of beer mats, tent cards and posters available to inform your customers and staff how pubs need to be supported.

Together we can keep our pubs open and thriving. Visit


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