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So – what’s happening in the Edinburgh beer scene over the next seven days?
The first Hanging Bat meet the brewer of 2014 promises to be a real treat for those who love barrel-aged beers in general, and Wild Beer Co in particular. Somerset’s finest are making the long trek up to Edinburgh, and are bringing a huge amount of treats with them. For the first time in HB MTB history, every single beer on offer will have been aged in wood, and the Wild Beer guys will be giving a talk on the pros and cons of using barrels to add flavour and depth to brewing. The tickets have all gone, but the beers will be there for one and all.
In a neat flipside to the barrel-aged hugeness of the night before, on Wednesday head to Cloisters Bar for a dedicated evening of session beers. For one night, nothing over 4%abv, giving you the chance to appreciate (should you need it) low strength needn’t equate to low flavour. As an extra twist, the beers will be served anonymised, akin to the Bow Bar’s blind tasting festival, to give you a chance to just go with the tastebuds.
The Wild Beer Co team are staying on after their Hanging Bat event, and on the Wednesday are popping up at Blackfriars for a pairing event. Head along to one of Edinburgh’s newest beer-friendly restaurants for a night of fantastic matches involving dishes such as Roe deer loin, salt baked roots, onion and greens (full menu in link above).
The following evening, Loanhead’s Stewart Brewing are launching the latest in their range of hopped-up beers; Cascadian East. This stablemate to Radical Road, Black IPA and Ka Pai is going to be the house beer at Jeremiah’s Taproom on Elm Row, so that’s the place to head if you want to try it. At 5.4% and triple C-hopped, there should be no shortage of takers. The event starts at 8pm.
It’s all go at the Hanging Bat this week, with the second event to take place there coming on Thursday, and it’s the latest in their Meet the Distiller evenings. Beer does feature though, as alongside the spirits, bespoke beers are produced in homage to the distillers, using their botanicals. This time, the team from Chase will be in conversation, and they will be bringing their range of gins, vodkas and other goodies along as well. Tickets are still available, book using the link above.
Finally, over the coming weekend the Holyrood 9A will be throwing their rotational taps over purely to some local, well-made Scottish beers. In a mini-festival, expect to find notables from breweries such as Alechemy, Cromarty, Elixir, Fyne Ales, Highland, Stewart Brewing and Tempest. And that, I think you’ll agree, is as good a lineup of breweries as you could hope to find anywhere…
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