A wee beer venture

A GLASWEGIAN beer fan is preparing to put his money where his mouth is with the launch of his own craft beer shop.

Niall Kennedy, a former marketing consultant, is planning to open the Wee Beer Shop in Glasgow’s south side this October.

Located on Pollokshaws Road, in the city’s Strathbungo area, the shop will stock a range of craft beers from across Scotland and further afield in cans and bottles, as well as draught beers in ‘growlers’.

“The craft beer explosion matches the way people are thinking about food and drink generally,” Kennedy told SLTN.

“People are getting a bit bored of the homogenised offer you can get in the supermarkets.

“There’s a move to buying local and supporting independent producers. Craft is an integral part of that.

“I think I’ve always been a little bit snobby like that as well – always looking for things that are a little bit different and a bit unusual.”

And he reckons the vibrant Strathbungo area is an ideal fit for the Wee Beer Shop.

He said: “It’s an interesting mix, because you’ve got some of the old traditional places still there, like Heraghty and The Allison Arms, which has been there for a long time. And I think they’ve been really nicely complemented by some new places. Marchtown is a really nice wine bar doing small plates of food and seems to be doing really well. And there’s some nice delis and coffee shops as well.

“It’s a really interesting area I think.”