Welcome to the latest Edinburgh Beer Weekly! Every Sunday we’ll be posting a preview of all the beery happenings in the city for the next seven days – so you won’t miss a thing. You can sign up to our subscription service, ensuring you’ll get a notification every Sunday when the Edinburgh Beer Weekly is published. Just enter your email address in the panel on our front page. Also, follow us on Twitter (@thebeercast) to keep right up to date throughout the week. There are so many great beery things going on at the moment – stay tuned to the BeerCast, and enjoy each and every one of them!
So – what’s happening in the Edinburgh beer scene over the next seven days?
Something unusual to start the week, in terms of tastings events – on Monday Appellation Wines will be holding the first in a new series of pairing evenings. Three wines, three beers, three cheeses. Which of the first two matches the third better? A straight-up, head to head battle between beer and wine. Grape versus grain. Hops versus…whatever it is that makes wine taste like it does.
It doesn’t get much better than free beer, and that’s precisely what’s on offer at the Brass Monkey on Leith Walk this Wednesday. Knops Beer will be making the journey from Archerfield to Leith for the occasion, and (of course) will be bringing along some samples with them. Head down to the Brass Monkey from 8pm to find out how many appeal to you…
Independence Day rolls around again on Thursday, and there are plenty of events in town for thirsty ex-pats or home-based lovers of American beers. At the Calistoga restaurant off Rose Street, a battle of brewers is set to take place between one of Scotland’s most esteemed producers and one of California’s most talked-about brewers. Williams Brothers take on Bear Republic in a matchup, with each submitting four beers for the occasion. The Americans are bringing some truly heavy-hitters (Racer 5, Red Rocket, Hop Rod Rye and the 8% Big Bear Stout); can WB get a home win for the Scots? Ticket price also includes pizza and coffee.
Over on Market Street, also on Thursday Jake’s Place are getting into the full Independence Day spirit, holding a series of beer promotions and live music acts, set to run throughout the weekend. Being the city’s only supplier of draught Fordham and Dominion beers, they’ve developed a special hot-dog menu (with a beer included in the price), and will be featuring a host of Americana music acts over the weekend.
Finally for Independence Day, the Southern Bar is running a four-day micro-festival, featuring the very best summery output from some of the US’s top-drawer craft breweries. Alongside their usual domestic standouts, expect these crackers to make an appearance, and help everyone celebrate the 4th of July the way America’s founding fathers would have wanted: Anchor Brewing Beckles Brown Ale & Summer Ale, Ska Brewing Modus Hoperandi, Brooklyn Brewery Summer Ale, Flying Dog Easy IPA & Underdog, Sierra Nevada/Thornbridge Twin Peaks.
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