SIBA has announced a posthumous lifetime achievement award for former St Austell brewing director Roger Ryman, for his services to the British brewing industry.
Ryman is credited with turning St Austell Brewery in Cornwall into a nationally recognised brand, as well as developing and successfully launching Tribute and Proper Job – beers which are now household names and have been pivotal in the success of the brewery where he worked for over 20 years.
SIBA chairman Ian Fozard said: “Brewers from across the UK have been unanimous in their praise of Roger for his huge contribution to the British independent brewing industry over the last two decades.
Whilst Roger’s passing comes as a huge shock and is met with great sadness by the industry, I am very proud to be able to announce, on behalf of the SIBA board of directors, that this year’s SIBA’s Lifetime Achievement Award is posthumously awarded to Roger . We hope that this small tribute to a great brewer will make clear the impact he had on his peers within the brewing family.”
St Austell Brewery chief executive Kevin Georgel said: “Roger was a world-class brewer and a leader in his field, who we were incredibly lucky to work alongside. Passionate about people, he played a huge role in nurturing and developing young talent – both at St Austell Brewery and throughout the brewing industry.
“The growing reputation and quality of our beers, since Roger joined our business in 1999, is testimony to his talent, hard work, leadership and passion. He has left a huge legacy and is sorely missed by all who knew him and worked with him.
“On behalf of everybody at St Austell Brewery, and Roger’s friends and family, I’d like to thank SIBA for honouring Roger with this year’s lifetime achievement award – a thoroughly deserved recognition.”
Roger Ryman died in May following a battle with cancer.
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