Aberdeenshire Councillor Paul Johnston has expressed concern for the difficulties facing Scotland’s craft brewing industry. A recent report in the Glasgow Herald ( http://tinyurl.com/blo4lou ) highlighted the poor supplies of Barley and rising prices due to shortages of quality grain. Councillor Johnston said:
“The distilling industry and the now developing craft Brewing Industry are season dependent and their problems should be recognised as strategic for Scotland. The supply and pricing difficulty for brewing is more acute than distilling and while not making light of distilling issues, I think there is a good, strong argument for immediate Government assistance for the craft brewing Industry”
“With 57 breweries in Scotland, many world class, such as Brewdog in Ellon, there is a need to review if the beer duty escalator should be applied in the current circumstances. That would be a strong signal of support.”
With 110 pubs closing in a year, the Democratic Independent and Green group Councillor said that another action that should be taken is to action CAMRA calls for a Minister for Brewing and Pubs in the Scottish Government to focus on the industries future. https://cllrpauljohnston.wordpress.com/2013/03/17/msps-get-the-message/
“Scotland is brewing fantastic beers and is creating jobs, many here in the North East of Scotland. This is an industry that needs focus and development at this point in its progress especially with the raw material supply issues it has” said Paul.
Cllr Paul Johnston is a Drinks industry commentator and has 27 years experience in the UK retail and wholesale drinks industry.