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Nine national craft beer organisations have eschewed the name ‘craft’ and formed the Independent Brewers of Europe (IBE) to lobby together on issues such as regulation, taxation and access to a market.

The IBE aims to become a โ€œcentral point of contact for the European institutionsโ€ in order โ€to promote and advance the mutual interests of their members with the European institutions and mediaโ€, says a press release issued by SIBA, The Society of Independent Brewers, (SIBA) UK.

 The nine organisations represent around 2,000 member breweries. โ€œThe IBE intends to convey its message both politically and commercially in Europe, where the small independent producerโ€™s voice is often not heard,โ€ according to the statement.

The nine founding members are:

  • ICBI, Independent Brewers of Ireland, Ireland
  • AECAI, La Asociacion Espaรฑola de Cerveceras Artesanas Independientes, Spain
  • SIBA, The Society of Independent Brewers, UK
  • SNBI, Syndicat National des Brasseurs Indรฉpendants, France
  • Czech and Moravian Microbreweries Association, Czech Republic
  • CRAFT, Craft Brewers Netherlands, Netherlands
  • Unionbirrai, Italy
  • Scanian Beverage Producers, Sweden
  • Det Fri ร˜l, Denmark

Mike Benner, Chief Executive of SIBA said: โ€œWeโ€™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 todayโ€™s discerning drinkers. We know that beerdrinkers in the UK care about the provenance of beers and itโ€™s clear that the same applies across Europe.โ€

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