The project group is comprised of brewing professionals with solid experience in judging beer competitions and includes – Jayne Lewis, Richard Watkins, Shawn Sherlock, and Michael Capaldo. The aim of the technical project group is to steer, guide and manage the annual Indies Awards to ensure they provide a relevant and useful benchmarking vehicle to further improve the quality of beer across the independent beer sector.

Key Outcomes:

  • Deliver a new benchmark with the Indies Awards program annually.
  • Work with Quality Project Group to develop sensory education and training.
  • Ensuring good quality, tangible feedback is provided to the entrants of the Indies.
  • Develop a key measure of Quality for each year’s Indies – based on results (scores, medal tally etc).
  • Develop a pathway for the development of experienced and qualified judges.

For any questions please email Indies Event Manager Siobhan directly on


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