A PEEBLES brewer has plenty reason to raise a glass following a record-breaking summer.

And it's all down to a resurgence in lager.

Since Murray Campbell opened his brewery in South Park at the start of 2017 he's witnessed continual growth.

And this summer's introduction of a new craft lager has seen sales soar even further.

Campbell’s Brewery this week reported a summer year-on-year sales growth of more than 50 percent.

Shaygër became a permanent addition to Campbell’s range on the back of a successful trial.

And it joins flagship ale Gunner Blonde Ale and White Tail IPA - initially a Limited Edition brew for Wetherspoon’s – in the core line-up.

Murray told us: “Lager has always been the kingpin of the beer market by volume but has been in decline for years.

"It’s all change now though with craft lager giving the category the shot in the arm it needs.

"We’ve had an incredible response to Shaygër showing there’s clearly a demand for well-made, well-priced artisan lager.”

Shaygër is described as a fine craft larger, well balanced between blonde malt and fresh hop flavours.

With light carbonation Murray believes it has more body and character than a standard larger while still being a thirst quencher.

The Campbell’s Brewery’s eight-barrel brewhouse in Peebles became operational in February 2017.

Its beers and lager are now stocked in more than 150 outlets including Melville Castle, Edinburgh University, The Sheraton Hotel, the Wally Dug and Montpeliers.

Prior to opening Campbell's Brewery in Peebles Murray operated a letting agency in Edinburgh and also, with business partner Miles Craig, established Green Field Marquees in 2004, which has honoured contracts with some of the biggest events in the country, including the British Open.

He continues to live just outside Peebles with his wife and two children.