Wild Card Brewery, in Walthamstow, East London, has been named brewery business of the year at the 2023 SIBA Business Awards.
“Delighted to win the award — it’s just huge recognition for everyone at Wildcard and we’re just really proud of what we have achieved as a team,” said Wild Card co-owner Will Harris.
Fellow owner Jaega Wise added: “We have been going for 11 years now, and to get recognition on a national level is unbelievable for the team — we’re going to go out tonight and celebrate!
“At Wildcard we operate a skinny team that works hard, so for us this is the ultimate validation. Sometimes things have got tough over the last couple of years, and so an award like this really does mean everything.”
The awards are judged by a panel of independent beer industry experts, and organised by not-for-profit trade association the Society of Independent Brewers. The awards cover everything from brewery marketing, design, and innovation, to efforts to make businesses more sustainable or impactful.
Writer Pete Brown, who presented the awards, said: “Wildcard were hugely impressive across the board, taking home the top prize in two categories, and carve a niche for themselves with unique design, top quality beers and keen business instincts.
“Their influence on the industry has been huge for what is a relatively small brewery, and judges were blown away by just how much they are doing to progress the brewery on all fronts.”
The full list of winners
UK’s best independent craft beer retailer (single) Brewery Market, Twickenham
UK’s best independent craft beer retailer (multiple) A Hoppy Place
UK’s best independent craft beer retailer (online) A Hoppy Place
UK’s best independent craft beer bar or pub (city) Bullhouse East, Belfast
UK’s best independent craft beer bar or pub (rural) Elephant & Castle, Wheathampstead
UK’s best independent craft beer promotion Hop Forward
UK’s best independent craft brewery webshop Wild Card
Marketing implementation Black Sheep Brewery
Community engagement Full Circle Highly commended: Moon Gazer Ale
Best individual design Anspach and Hobday
Best concept design Wild Card Highly commended: Lakes Brew Co
Business innovation Lincoln Green
Commercial achievement Hobsons
Empowering people Brewhouse and Kitchen HIghly commended: Signature Brew
UK’s best independent craft brewery taproom Hackney Church Brew Co Highly commended: Wiper and True
Sustainable business Bluestone Brewing Co and Ramsgate Brewery (joint winners)
Supplier associate of the year (brewer nominated) Festival Glass
Brewery business of the year (judge awarded) Wild Card