Best of British Beer was started in 2011 by husband and wife team Will and Gill Sherwin with the simple aim of making it easy for drinkers to enjoy that ‘hard to find’ beer. While the company has grown significantly since then, our small team here share the same passion for the industry that we had on day one.
Best of British Beer in Numbers
2011 – The year it all began – Will and Gill’s garden shed was their storeroom and their dining table was the packing bench
8,500 – The size of our warehouse in square feet. It’s just as well we’ve got bigger, we’d never have got a fork lift truck in the garden shed
2022 – The year we became an employee owned company. Our staff are critical to our success and they became 51% shareholders last summer
550 – The number of independent breweries we have supported. Since we started we’ve bought beer from Shetland to the Isle of Wight & Northern Ireland
0 – The number of cans of mass produced beer, lager or cider we have sold!
250,000 – The number of individual orders we’ve dispatched since we started. Whether it’s a 3 pack gift or a 1000 bottle corporate order, everything is processed the same
50,000,000 – The number of bottles and cans of beer we’ve sold since 2011. Give or take the odd 1,000 units. Did you know we also sell cider too?
22,000 – The number of bottles/cans of beer we’ve had produced specially for us. We love a collaboration brew and there’s lots more planned in 2023
17 – The number of local, regional and national awards we’ve won. We’re equally as proud of our National Packaging Award as we were being North Staffs Chamber Quiz Champions 2021
11 – The number of apprentices we’ve helped kick start their careers. We’ll never forget the contributions made by all our youngsters. Two of them are now co-owners!
5 – The maximum distance in miles between us and our key suppliers. Our designers, box makers and marketing partners are all in north Staffordshire
2 – The number of charity beer festivals we’ve hosted in our warehouse. We’ve enjoyed raising £1000s for local charities
4.8 – Our average FEEFO review score out of 5 for the last 2 years. Running an online business relies heavily on feedback – thanks to you, ours is Platinum class
Meet the Team
Since the summer of 2022 all the team at Best of British Beer are owners of the company too. They were given a 51% share of the business and are fully involved in everything we do from product development to sales campaigns.
Chris our General Manager joined us in April 2020 after leaving a career in IT for ‘something a bit more exciting’. He’s a whizz on a computer and is responsible for all the back office management. A keen runner and qualified beer sommelier, Chris hosts regular tasting sessions at Best of British Beer HQ and has reviewed over 3600 different beers on the UnTapped app!
Emily came to us as a 16 year old apprentice and is now responsible for order processing and fulfilment. Her favourite drinks are fruit cider and craft lager, but she does like a hazy IPA. There aren’t many jobs she can’t do and as unofficial social secretary, she’s the life and soul of the party.
Cheryl has been with us since October 2019 and she might well be the first cheery voice you hear if you call us. The plaque on her desk says ‘Head of Customer Experience’, she’s very knowledgeable and focussed on making sure we send the right beers to the right people at the right time. Partial to a gin or Prosecco, Cheryl is also up for tasing some craft lagers from our range.
Cheryl’s sister Lorna first joined the Company during lockdown, previously with luxury car maker Bentley, she manages our subscription schemes and uses her experience to help us out with any HR/training related tasks. When she’s not at work, she can be found tending her sheep and walking Doug the cocker spaniel.
Tommy, our warehouseman joined the same time as Emily and like her, he’s developed into a key member of the team. His favourite tipple is cider and he’s built up a great knowledge of our range of producers. A fitness fanatic and regular gym goer he does a great job at keeping the building immaculately tidy.
Until James makes it as a professional golfer, he’s happy running the warehouse with Tommy. Like Chris, he is also a qualified beer sommelier and enjoys a wide range of different beers, but would draw the line at a rhubarb crumble and custard sour! Often found wearing a snorkel and flippers, James regularly plays Octopush, a sort of underwater hockey.
The longest serving member of the team is Gary, We’ve lost count of the number of times he’s been brought out of retirement. You’ll find him here in the two week run up to Father’s Day and for the months of November and December. The only man we know who can assemble a whole beer advent calendar blindfolded.
Known as the ‘Gran with the Golden (tape) Gun’, Gill’s mum Kath will be found at BOBB HQ at the busiest times of year. A keen crafter and knitter, she has a great eye for detail and helps to make up some of our more complicated gifts. Ably assisted by Skye, her West Highland Terrier she is approaching legendary status as a tea maker.