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Finding the Perfect Beer for a Hot Summer’s Day

One of the things I love most about owning my own company is that I get to meet lots of interesting people along the way. Not to mention, learning a lot about some really interesting businesses.

Last year, I had the pleasure of providing shelving for the Highland Bottle Shop in Scotland.

As a start-up, they were looking to be economical with their storage system alongside having the option to easily add more shelving when the business expanded, so our shelving solutions were perfect for them. In the first 5 months, the storage needed at Highland bottle shop doubled as the business flourished.

With summer just around the corner, I thought it would be great to catch up with Nick from the Highland Bottle Shop for his top summer beer recommendations.

Most of these will be available in good independent beer shops and specialist off-licences across the UK, so don’t panic – as the temperature rises, you won’t be left dry.

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Brewdog – Dead Pony Club
This spectacular beer has been flying off the Highland shelves recently. Nick thinks that Brewdog is the perfect summer beer – lower in alcohol than most other beers from the range, but still packed full of the great fruity hop flavour you’d expect from them.

To OL – Sundancer
The season is even in the name! This is one from the Danish brewers. To OL has been a big hit In the Highland Bottle Shop recently – another lower alcohol one that is perfect for an afternoon in the garden.

Pressure Drop – Wu Gang
Nick tells me that wheat beers always sell best when the sun’s out. We all know that Germany is famous for their beers. However, increasingly British brewers are trying their hand at brewing up a summer beer with spectacular results. London’s Pressure Drop is a fantastic wheat beer with a bit of a twist – it’s been brewed with foraged herbs to give it a fantastic spicy kick.

West – St Mungos
Made in Glasgow to the strict German purity laws, this gorgeous crisp lager from the West brewery is perfect service nice and chilled on a sunny day.

Thistly Cross Cider
Whilst not a ‘beer’, Nick didn’t want to leave his hearty cider out of the article. Thistly cross is a Scottish cider that comes in a range of varieties from the traditional still cider at 7.2%. With a range of flavours including ginger, strawberry and even whisky, Thistly Cider is a top hit. Highland’s pick from the range is their ‘original’. Unlike its bigger brothers it comes in at 4.4% so you can enjoy more than a couple in the garden.

The Highland Bottle Shop have also featured a special summer box on their website with their picks of top summer beers, including the above. So why not order a box, sit back and enjoy a refreshing pint on a hot summer day.

Which beers are you looking forward to drinking this summer?

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Shelfstore is a system of creating furniture, shelving and storage solutions around your ideas – in any size, and to fit your space.



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