Last orders for Valhalla Brewery owner
In a shed in Baltasound in 1997 Sonny Priest started producing beer as the Valhalla Brewery.
But now, over 20 years later, Mr Priest is looking to let new blood take over the business due to ill health.
Mr Priest, who is the brewery’s only full-time member of staff, said that he was sad to leave the business after successfully expanding it over two decades.
“I would have loved to have taen it to the next level”, he said.
But, on doctors orders, Mr Priest will now be entertaining offers for the business which has sold beer to countries such as Denmark, Norway, Switzerland and even as far afield as Japan.
Speaking of his time at Valhalla Mr Priest said: “It’s certainly the biggest challenge that I’ve taen on in my lifetime. There’s been a lot of stress but I’ve enjoyed it and learned a lot.”
Before he had even put the business on the market “word got out” that Mr Priest was thinking of selling up. As a result, Mr Priest has already received enquiries from Shetland and beyond.
Over 60,000 bottles of beer were produced by Valhalla in the most recent year, alongside kegs and real ale casks.
Reflecting on the successful expansion of his business over the years Mr Priest joked, “I think it was the sceptics that kept me going.”