A message from our Chairman
The Independent Family Brewers of Britain represent all that is best in the world of beer and pubs. For generations these businesses have carefully nurtured and improved their properties, which are over 4,000 of the best places in the country to find a warm welcome, good food and great beer.
The majority of these pubs are run under the tenanted system, with experienced licensees benefiting from comprehensive training and support from their local brewer. Unlike many pubs these days you will still find the name of the brewery on a Family Brewer member’s pub, and that name will probably indicate which cask beer is available inside.
By sticking to the highest quality ingredients, brewed and served in a time honoured fashion, these breweries demonstrate the continued demand for cask beers. Nothing beats a classic glass of foaming real ale, and there are currently over 280 different types being brewed all over the country, providing excellent choice for beer lovers everywhere. For those who enjoy beer at home Family Brewer members also produce 150 different bottled beers.
These brewers source materials and ingredients from the traditional British heartlands of malting barley and hop growing. They use local labour, directly providing tens of thousands of jobs, and indirectly supporting many more through suppliers and contractors. With their long experience of investing in people and projects, for good examples of sustainable and integrated business in the community, you need look no further.
Innovation is a hallmark of these companies and they rarely sit still. This year has seen recognition for our members with international and national awards for brewing, training development, environmental projects and corporate social responsibility work, to name a few. New beers have been brewed and many hundreds of pubs improved with investment capital. In a very tough trading environment our members will continue to steadily maintain and improve their properties and supply the highest quality beers to go into them.
In the end we stand for the enduring pleasures of high quality products, well run pubs and moderate beer consumption, providing discerning customers with products that they choose to buy.
Chairman of IFBB