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?
This week’s beery shenanigans begin, as usual, at Appellation Wines’ regular tasting. On Monday, the focus turns to dark beer (and not for the last time this week). Head along to Comely Bank and let Ash and the team shine a light towards the sometimes murky world of Stouts and Porters – or, as Ash once referred to them, Pouts and Storters. Whatever works for you, I guess…
From Tuesday, the city’s many Wetherspoon’s outlets will be launching their annual Autumn beer festival. Forty beers from British breweries will be augmented by ten produced by US brewers – including bespoke ales from such notables as Stone, Terrapin and Ballast Point. From the home-grown, one to watch could be Innis & Gunn’s cask-conditioned Toasted Oak IPA. How will it translate as a real ale? There’s only one way to find out – and to get through as many as possible, third-pints will be on offer throughout the festival.
The festival flurry in Edinburgh this week continues with the return of the Bow Bar’s cracking Oktoberfest. Expect to see a BeerCaster or two lurking around in front of the famed Aitken founts on at least one occasion this week, particularly with a choice of 13 keg, 18 cask and 20 bottled German and German-themed beers to choose from. Prost!
Unless you’ve been studiously avoiding the BeerCast for the last few weeks, you might remember I went up to Fraserburgh to create a beer with BrewDog and Rob from Yorkshire blog Hopzine.com. That beer became Dead Metaphor, which launched at this weekend’s IndyMan beer festival in Manchester (and, thankfully, tasted really nice). Well, if you’re around on Thursday – I cordially invite you to come along to BrewDog Edinburgh and be amongst the first to taste it! Find out the back-story to the beer, how and why we made it, and also taste a couple of very special guest beers I’ve selected; one of the most exciting new sour beers in the UK, and Britain’s best IPA…
Finally for the week, another beer festival – and this one also occurs at BrewDog Edinburgh, so the Cowgate will see plenty of traffic over the next few days. BrewDog collaborated with eleven different breweries to create a range of beers for the festival, one per BD bar (Edinburgh’s collab buddy were the fantastic Tempest Brewery, for instance). All eleven producers then went to Fraserburgh and made one giant beer together, and on Saturday and Sunday all twelve beers will be on, at once, in each BrewDog bar. Head to the link above for further details, or just mosey on down to the Cowgate at the weekend and get sampling.
The Edinburgh Beer Weekly will be published every Sunday here on the BeerCast. If you have an event in or around the city that you’d like to feature – please get in touch at the usual email address. Cheers!