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IBD and SIBA launch microbrewery qualification

Published:  12 November, 2012

The Institute of Brewing & Distilling (IBD) and the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) have launched a new brewing qualification, in response to the growth in microbreweries.

Known as the "Brewer's Diary", it is aimed at smaller independent brewers and will allow brewery staff to learn in the workplace and give successful students formal certification formal certification.

Simon Jackson, the chief executive of the IBD said: "The last ten years have seen a surge of new microbreweries; both in the UK and internationally. Technical knowledge is a vital element needed for their long term success."

SIBA chief executive Julian Grocock said: "We are very keen to help smaller members to take advantage of this new training. I would like to thank the Mitchells and Butlers' Sir Henry Mitchell Memorial Scholarship Fund for providing 20 bursaries per annum of £125 to applicants from the smaller SIBA members - from Levels 1 and 2 - in the first two years of this training. This very generous support will cover more than 50% of the cost of the course and will encourage members to implement staff training leading to a recognised IBD qualification."