Our Craft Beer and Cider
Scotland has a rich history in beer stretching back some 5,000 years where evidence of all the materials and ingredients to make ale were found at the famous Neolithic village of Skara Brae in Orkney. Scottish Beer has come along way since then (apart from Orkney Brewery who are just 1 mile away). Today there are 115 Scottish Breweries spread across the country according to CAMRA, and they are massively on the rise with a variety of different flavours perfect for any palate. From hoppy India Pale Ales and refreshing lagers to blonde, amber and golden ales and robust stouts and porters, the choices are endless.
Our team of beer experts have hand picked / mouth tasted what we believe to be the best Scotland has to offer, we also have the knowledge help craft a range perfect for your establishments. If you are a brewer that think they should be in our range, get in touch and see how we can help get your beer to be top of the hops in the Scottish Market.
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Brands In Our Range
West Breweries quest for Truly great Scottish beer started in 2006, since then, they have been brewing the finest artisan lagers and wheat beers in the UK. They brew all of their beers in strict accordance with the Reinheitsgebot, the German Purity Law of 1516, which they believe is simply the best way to make great beer. WEST, under the leadership of Bavarian-born Petra Wetzel, is the only UK brewery to officially adhere to the Reinheitsgebot, merging centuries of traditional practice with state-of-the-art equipment. Their German roots are firmly planted in Glasgow and the company ethos can best be summed up as ‘Glaswegian Heart. German Head’.
Glasgow is Scotland’s cultural capital, standing at the forefront of the UK’s creative arena. Belonging to a city that is fiercely proud of its institutions and artisans means everything they do at WEST is infused with this renowned Glaswegian spirit.
The desire to produce the very best is what makes the German work ethic an enviable industry tool. West channels the best of this maxim into refining their processes, striving for nothing short of perfection.
GERMAN PURITY LAW
WEST brews all of its beers in strict accordance with the Reinheitsgebot, the German Purity Law of 1516. The law prescribes only the use of four basic ingredients in brewing – water, malt, hops, and yeast. No chemicals. No preservatives. No artificial flavours. The only additive is the time required to ensure the perfect pint.
They use only the finest:
Water: The soft water of Loch Katrine is perfect for producing the highest quality beers. So much so that it is the envy of our brewing contemporaries worldwide.
Barley: Every batch contains British malted barley. Speciality malts added for flavour and colour are sourced from the renowned Weyermann Malz in Bamberg, Germany.
Hops: Primarily sourced from Hallertau, a region of Germany steeped in lager history, these noble hop varieties gift each pint its distinctive aroma and character.
Yeast: Yeast is an ingredient that holds an air of mystery in brewing. We use two strains, but the specifics are hush hush, with our brewers preserving their secret.
“We have a fantastic relationship with Food & Drink Hub. They understand our beers and work hand in hand with us to increase market share and distribution. Communication is positive and constructive and Steve is always willing to offer feedback and advice on new brands.”
Matt Munro | Director
Fyne Ales are all about producing an outstanding range of modern British beers, which they make in a spectacular location, and with integrity in everything they do. Fyne Ales are built on the British Cask Ale tradition, Britain’s contribution to the global beer culture. This is a method that allows them to pack large amounts of flavour into relatively low alcohol beers. To this they have added a focus on new beer styles and big flavoured hops from the New World. This enables them to produce bold hop-forward beers that retain balance and subtlety.
Their production starts with the collection of rain from a burn on the hill behind the brewery use as the water supply. They proudly take Argyll’s most abundant resource and convert it into great beer.
The main malt is Maris Otter, a very traditional variety that has a low yield for the farmers adding cost but also adding extra depth of flavour compared to more commercial brews. Hops are in many ways the most important ingredient for Fyne Ales and they go to great lengths to source the very best hops from around the world and are constantly looking out for new developments and varieties of hops becoming available to try in their beers. They work with their own strain of yeast, which originally came from the Fountainbridge brewery in Edinburgh, and has a 200-year history.
They have recently made significant investment, building a new 40-barrel brewery which will be amongst the most advanced craft brew houses in the country. This new brewery is British made which they believe is the best style for their beers. Their old brewhouse will be used for new product development to their master brewers can experiment with new ideas
“As a company, we’ve really enjoyed working with Food and Drink Hub over the last few years. We’ve found them to be excellent partners in business with an experience behind them that allows them to understand the needs of there suppliers and customers alike.”
Matt Thomasson | National Sales Manager
A brewery that needs no introduction! The controversial and proactive BrewDog have sky rocketed since their birth a little a decade ago and have smashed world records left right and centre. They have a solid argument to be the greatest influence of the recent movement of micro brewers and have a fairy tale like success story. They have turned from a project by two Aberdeen punks who were tired of the industrially brewed lagers and stuffy ales and set out on a mission to fix the “undesirable predicament.” Now they are a multinational, multi-award-winning brewery with a wide range of beers – owned by beer lovers for beer lovers.
Brewdog has stuck to it’s roots and have built a state of the art eco-brewery in Ellon, north of Aberdeen. It’s boasted as “One of the most technologically advanced in the world”. From there Brewdog work to achieve their mission to make other people as passionate about great craft beer as they are. All they care about is brewing world class craft beer; extraordinary beers that blow peoples minds and kick start a revolution.
The Food and Drink Hub offer us a bespoke service, supplying a wide, tailored range of local Scottish produce to our stores to supplement our core national range. We have found the Food and Drink Hub to be experts in their knowledge of the Scottish market and proactive in their approach. They handle orders with minimal fuss and have increased our supply chain efficiency and central control by reducing the number of direct deliveries into stores.
We have a fantastic relationship with Food & Drink Hub. They understand our beers and work hand in hand with us to increase market share and distribution. Communication is positive and constructive and Steve is always willing to offer feedback and advice on new brands.
The Food and Drink hub have provided excellent continued support for Hamlyn’s Oats, Nisha and Millar confectionery. They spotted an opportunity to increase their product ranges to the Hubs partners and that has been pinnacle to this year’s success. I firmly believe that in partnership with The Food and Drink Hub can grow these brands and produce so many exciting products in each of the product categories.
As a company, we’ve really enjoyed working with The Food and Drink Hub over the last few years. We’ve found them to be excellent partners in business with an experience behind them that allows them to understand the needs of their suppliers and customers alike.
As a relatively new entrant to the world of the multiples, we’ve found the support offered by The Food and Drink Hub invaluable. They understood what was different about our brand and our plough-to-pint ethos, and have ensured that we have gained listings on the back of it.
Working with The Food and Drink hub has been a fantastic experience, and has really helped us gain traction where it would otherwise be extremely difficult. Ease of doing business is the key, from being set up to supply, to the order process and through to deliveries. There is no doubt that The Food and Drink hub have helped many small suppliers throughout Scotland to grow their businesses.
It’s been great developing our business alongside The Food and Drink Hub over the past few years. We have a good working relationship with Steve Wallace and the team at The Food and Drink Hub. Without any shadow of a doubt the support, passion, advice and knowledge that they have under their belts, has gained us significant listings with Coop and Morrison’s to name but a few. This partnership has not only gained us access to new markets but has also significantly helped to raise the profile of our brewery and our brands.
I have worked with James and Steve at the Food and Drink Hub for over 4 years and it has been a very fruitful relationship. They are very professional and have considerable in-depth knowledge of the retail trade, which has enabled them to win new customers and develop new customers over this period. My brands have performed well with their customers, and we have developed a close and friendly working relationship, which I value.
Over the past year, The Food and Drink Hub have become one of our Top 10 customers from a virtually standing start. This is as a result of working together on a number of on-trade and off-trade opportunities within the Scottish craft beer sector. We look forward to growing our respective business through 2018 and beyond
Mackie’s Crisps have been delighted to work with The Food and Drink Hub over the past couple of years in growing our brand together. During 2017 we saw a 79% increase in sales by working closely with their team.