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?
[continuing from last week]
Following on from last week, the Nicholson’s Autumn Beer Festival continues across their Edinburgh pubs, with fifty cask ales and ciders on offer throughout the next three weeks. Head down to the Kenilworth, Mitre, Conan Doyle, Greyfriars Bobby’s, Deacon Brodies or the Haymarket Bar (or a combination thereof), to get with the festival spirit. If you click on the link above, ‘Like’ Nicholson’s on Facebook, and print out the associated voucher, you can also get your first festival pint for only £1.
Also carrying on from last week is the ever-popular Guildford Arms Autumn Beer Fest. Head to the pdf link above for the full beer list, but the Guildford’s many taps will be pouring all kinds of treats over the next ten days – over 60 cask ales in total. Highlights include darker beers such as Great Heck’s Black Jesus, Wharfebank’s Treacle Toffee Stout and Moor’s fantastic Amoor Porter. Fans of beer puns are also in for a chuckle – look out for Fernandes Brewery’s ‘Rum for Cover’, RAT’s ‘The Rat of Khan’ and Brown Cow’s ‘Thriller in Vanilla’…
[new events for this week]
Monday’s Appellation Wines beer tasting is taking a closer look at the highly-hopped and interestingly-adjuncted beers from North America. In a tribute to Halloween, Ash and the team will be tasting a range of Stateside favourites, including pumpkin and spiced beers. Hops will also feature, I shouldn’t wonder.
Another treat of the current season makes its welcome return on Monday, as Edinburgh’s three bars owned by Fuller Thomson throw open their doors (and display shelves) to the city’s pumpkin-carvers. Take your freshly-chiselled gourd along to either the Red Squirrel, Southern or Holyrood 9A, and the first fifty entrants (across the three bars) will receive a free pint of Stewart Brewing’s Pumpkin ale. The competition will be judged in each bar at 8pm on the 31st, where winners will receive a mini-cask of the pumpkin beer. The Holyrood, for inspiration, has three categories – ‘scary’ ‘beer-themed’ and ‘we love the Holyrood’…
This month’s Hanging Bat meet the brewer promises to be yet another corker, as once again they have acquired the services of one of the most promising brewers in the country. This time around, that person is Logan Plant from London’s Beavertown brewery, who have steadily expanded from the initial surroundings of Dukes Brew&Que to a larger, bespoke brewing unit. Logan is one of the nicest guys I’ve ever met in the brewing world, and although tickets to attend the talk have gone, his beers will be on all night and you should be able to grab him for a chat. Full beer list in the link above, they all stand out, but the blood orange IPA is particularly fantastic.
On Thursday, pick your way though the pumpkins for the launch of First World Problems, the winner of the Southern’s inaugural homebrew competition. I was on the judging panel back in July, and remember (through the muddle of many beers since) this particular one standing head and shoulders above the others. Submitted by James Hardacre, First World Problems is a 6.2% Belgian IPA, and has been brewed at Stewart Brewing. Head down on Thursday to sample it, and to discover the fun and games they had during the brewing process.
West End Beer Festival [to Sunday 3rd Nov]
Eight locations: Ryan’s Bar, Au Bar, The Huxley, The Ghillie Dhu, The Grosvenor, Bert’s Bar, The Melville, Mathers Bar.
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Also on Thursday, timed deliberately to co-incide with the lifting of the tramworks on Shandwick Place is the West End Beer Festival, an event co-ordinated by the West End Association. With sponsorship from Glasgow’s Innis & Gunn, the long-weekend event takes in a number of local pubs in the area – with prizes for those who get round a beer trail connecting each. The event begins with a Halloween fancy-dress scavenger hunt, which starts at 7pm from Ryan’s Bar. Check the Facebook page for more information, and keep up with the festival on Twitter.
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