DISCOUNT supermarket chain Aldi estimates it has sold £90,000 of Scottish craft beer in five weeks during its second in-store beer festival.

The retailer has sold 52,000 bottles out of 70,000 it had in stock in its 46 stores across Scotland and is on target to beat last year's beer festival sales of £93,000.

Scotland has been well represented in the growth of the craft beer sector in the UK.

Among the bestsellers at Aldi this year are offerings from a number of the country's most prominent breweries such as Clackmannanshire-based Harviestoun Brewery's Wild Hop Gold, St Mungo Lager from Glasgow-based West Beer's and Inveralmond Brewery's Ossian.

Aldi managing director Richard Holloway said: "The success of this year's summer beer festival is definitely linked to the rise in popularity of the craft beer market.

"We have been very lucky to get some of Scotland's best breweries on board to supply us with such a great variety of bottled beers and ales that have gone down well with our customers.

"We want to build on this success going forward and we hope to bring back an even bigger and better festival later in the year."

In all, the promotion features 33 beers from 13 breweries.