Craft beer expert named tops in Scotland

Beerhive owner Peter Sherry is delighted having been voted the best place to buy beer in Scotland.'' Picture: Neil Hanna

Beerhive owner Peter Sherry is delighted having been voted the best place to buy beer in Scotland.'' Picture: Neil Hanna

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A CRAFT beer specialist who learned the ropes at off-sales chain Oddbins has been crowned the top beer retailer in Scotland at an awards bash in the House of Commons.

Peter Sherry, 28, has worked in the drinks trade for the last decade but struck out on his own three years ago with Beerhive on Rodney Street. Boasting more than 700 varieties of craft ales and up to 500 distinct wines, the outlet attracts a swathe of beer connoisseurs.

Organised in conjunction with Off Licence News by the All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group, the awards recognise the top independent beer shops from across the UK – along with the best national drinks chain and supermarket. The winners were voted for by more than 500 industry experts.

Beerhive owner Peter Sherry rubbed shoulders with the likes of former Chancellor of the Exchequer Ken Clarke at the Westminster bash.

Mr Sherry said: “Beer has grown so much in the last few years but there are still lots of people who haven’t discovered it yet. When real people make the craft beer and it’s not a massive conglomerate you might have breweries operating with two or three people – sometimes it’s a one-man show.

“In these cases, they get up very early in the morning and do it for the love of it because the margins are not very large.”

He added: “We are delighted that all our hard work has been recognised. The parliamentary interest highlights how exciting and important the craft beer movement is in this country at the moment. ”

Rosie Davenport, editor at Off Licence News, said “Pubs do a great job promoting beer, but the swathes of great beer shops play just as important a role in enhancing consumers’ appreciation.”

Leading names in the beer trade and MPs attended the event, with Edinburgh North and Leith MP Mark Lazarowicz presenting the award to Mr Sherry.