Picking up the title of best beer bottle shop in the country is quite an achievement for an unassuming off licence on the Pershore Road that only started selling craft* beer three years ago.
But even before it was crowned as the best UK retailer by RateBeer earlier this week, every beer lover in Birmingham who has stepped through its doors was probably already well aware of just how deserved of the title Cotterridge Wines is.
Not only does it boast quantity – the shop is the ultimate beer playground, with shelves upon shelves of colourful cans, bottles and bombers – but it’s also inundated with quality products, with rare beers, scarcely found anywhere else in the UK, littering the aisles.
And, having already opened up a tasting room with up to 14 beers on rotation, owners Jaz and Karbinder Kandola have recruited famous Birmingham beer baron Roberto Ross as their resident connoisseur, hosting regular beer tasting events giving punters a chance to sample some rare and pricey tipples.
Frankly, it’s bloody brilliant to see two Birmingham beer retailers in the top five in the country (Stirchley Wines & Spirits also ranked by the website), and the fact that they have fought off other amazing beer boutiques including The Bottle Shop in Canterbury, Manchester’s Beermoth and London’s first Bottledog in King’s Cross is testament to the quality of both establishments.
The response from the city’s press has also been really exciting to see, with both the Birmingham Post and the Birmingham Mail running features of Cotteridge’s accolade this past week, articles that could well prove to be a further catalyst to getting even more people drinking great beer.
Expect to see Cotteridge’s aisles that little bit more crowded with inquisitive, thirsty clientele from here on in.
*Oops – apparently the word ‘craft’ is being phased out by a certain American beer publication…