We are the brewery with the biggest heart in the land. That’s official. We’ve just won SIBA’s Brewers in the Community Award 2018, a national award from the Society of Independent Brewers. The accolade recognises ‘the fantastic but often under-appreciated work British independent craft breweries do for charity, local people and for community causes’.
Brentwood Brewing Company’s MD Roland Kannor said: “We’re proud to serve, help and be an active part of the community. It is an honour to receive this award. We’re firmly committed to helping our local community.
“Whilst it’s always a pleasure to be of assistance, we always end up having fun and enjoying ourselves at the same time.”
With SIBA representatives, The Mayor of Brentwood, Cllr Sheila Murphy, and the brewery’s CAMRA liaison officer Beryl joining lots of brewery friends for celebrations at the brewery, the award was presented to Roland by Brentwood and Ongar MP Alex Burghart, appropriately, on Beer Day Britain. He said: “This is excellent news for Brentwood Brewing Company, excellent news for Brentwood and excellent news for beer. Under Brentwood Brewing Company, local ale goes from strength to strength.”
The Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) is a trade association which represents 835 independent craft breweries. The judging panel was ‘bowled over’ by the brewery’s connection to the local community as well as the range of activities we get involved in. They were also impressed by the brewery’s commitment to local charities, elderly residents, sustainability and to supporting local businesses.
Tony Jerome, SIBA’s Director of Membership and Marketing, said: “Despite the high standard of entries, it was Brentwood Brewery that stood out from the rest. Their passion for finding innovative ways to support so many causes from a local pre-school to the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire was truly inspiring. Congratulations to everyone at the brewery!”
The brewery’s main charities this year are: Little Doves Pre-School, The Fragile X Society and SNAP (Special Needs and Parents).
SIBA’s Tony Jerome added: “Our judges were amazed by the quality of entries which illustrate the varied and important roles British independent craft breweries play. In many cases, brewers play just as integral a part in their communities as the local pub. Raising funds, donating prizes, offering space for events, creating employment or just opening a small brewery tap are just some of the ways craft breweries support their communities.”
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