Scots beer in­dus­try vet­eran to judge Chi­nese craft ale awards

The Scotsman - - Business - By SCOTT REID

Scot­tish craft beer vet­eran Chris Miller has been in­vited to Bei­jing to take part in the judg­ing for a ground-break­ing awards event.

Miller, di­rec­tor at the Craft Beer Clan of Scot­land, is to join the in­ter­na­tional panel of judges at the Chi­nese Craft Beer Awards after host­ing Chi­nese brewer Panda Brew and its pres­i­dent, Kurt Xia, at the in­au­gu­ral Scot­tish Beer Awards last year.

Miller is widely cred­ited for build­ing Harvieston into a ma­jor player in the craft­brew­ing sec­tor. In 2014, he co­founded the Craft Beer Clan of Scot­land as the pub­lic-fac­ing arm of JW Fil­shill In­ter­na­tional, help­ing the likes of Williams Broth­ers and Stew- art Brew­ing ac­cess new ex­port mar­kets.

Miller is also a non-ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the so­cial en­ter­prise beer, Brew­gooder, along with fel­low Craft Beer Clan di­rec­tor and JW Fil­shill chief ex­ec­u­tive Si­mon Han­nah.

Last year, the Craft Beer Clan ex­ported more than one mil­lion bot­tles of Scot­tish craft beer to new mar­kets in­clud­ing the UAE and South Korea.

Miller, who joins judges from the US, Sin­ga­pore, Lon­don, Tai­wan and Hong Kong at the Bei­jing event, said: “Last year, build­ing on the model we helped es­tab­lish with the Scot­tish Beer Awards, the Chi­nese Craft Beer Awards at­tracted 150 en­trants.

“This year that num­ber has more than dou­bled as China’s ap­petite for craft beer con­tin­ues to de­velop.” 0 Chris Miller is di­rec­tor at the Craft Beer Clan of Scot­land

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