NEARLY a dozen breweries in the Bradford district have been included on a new UK brewery tracker launched by SIBA, the Society of Independent Brewers.

The SIBA UK Brewery Tracker sets out the number of actively trading breweries in 10 areas of the UK, showing the national total number of active brewers as 1,828 as of January 1, 2023.

This comes after a tough 2022 for the industry, where brewery closures are estimated to have almost doubled those of new openings.

The tracker will be released on a quarterly basis throughout 2023 and beyond, giving an up-to-date brewery number for the UK, something which has been difficult to track in the past in a consistent way.

Bradford district breweries listed on the tracker include Bingley Brewery, Saltaire Brewery, Stubbee Ltd (Dudley Hill), Goose Eye Brewery (Crossflatts), Timothy Taylors (Keighley), Bridgehouse Brewery (Keighley), Ilkley Brewery, and Wharfedale Brewery (Ilkley). Horsforth Brewery and Amity Brew Co (Pudsey) are also listed. They are among 209 breweries North West breweries on the tracker.

Andy Slee, SIBA Chief Executive, said: “It has been an incredibly tough few years for the independent brewing industry and as we look ahead to the future it is important to be able to track our market-share against the dominant global brewers.

“The tracker plays an important role in this and will give the industry an accurate and timely figure on active breweries, with a clear regional breakdown of numbers.”

One issue which has made tracking accurate brewery figures in the UK tricky in the past was clearly defining what constitutes a brewery, something SIBA have tackled head-on with clear criteria and figures which represent active breweries rather than just registered beer businesses.

The tracker defines a brewery simply as ‘An active business that makes beer and that has its own brewing equipment’.


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