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So – what’s happening in the Edinburgh beer scene over the next seven days?
After kicking off last Wednesday, the Bow Bar Winter Beer Festival continues – and runs for the full week – before rounding out on Sunday. If you’ve been following the Bow’s Twitter feed, you’ll have been keeping up with what’s been pouring from their famous taps, and will in all probability be fairly desperate to get down and sample the beers for yourself. That is a good plan.
Monday’s Appellation tasting, hosted by the Comely Bank branch, jets over to the continent for a roll through some mid-European beer styles. Head along for a chance to taste some German, Czech, Belgian and French beers, stretching over a broad range of styles, from a number of different brewers. Expect to get through several high-quality beers on the journey.
So, apparently in America, they have this thing called ‘craft beer’. Who knew? If that sounds like it might be your kind of thing, then get down to the Vintage on Tuesday; Henderson Street’s finest are rolling out the second in their Beer Club series. Leith’s beer maestro Sean will talk through the sheer variety of craft beer America has to offer, before leading a tasting of at least four examples, and then defining the term once and for all, in plain English. Tickets are available in the bar or over the phone in advance. Keep an eye on their website in case they go, apparently craft beer is quite the thing! NOTE this has now sold out…
Stewart Brewing are fond of putting their reputation on the line, and are sitting pretty following wins in their three previous Battle of the Brewers events – against Williams Brothers, Harviestoun, and Cairngorm (which I missed, hence the lack of blog post). This Thursday, they face a tough task as the Jarl-fuelled Argyll juggernaut that is Fyne Ales rolls into town for the latest BotB. Both will produce a 5% flavoured stout, and you get to vote for your favourite. Will Stewart win again? Head down to the Holyrood 9A and cast your vote (or, if you are that way inclined, Inn Deep in Glasgow – two events are running simultaneously). Tickets can be purchased in advance from the Stewart Brewing website, or either of the bars involved.
Over on Market Street, also on Thursday, Jake’s Place are hosting a meet the brewer session involving Livingston’s Alechemy Brewing Company. Since naming them as one of my breweries to watch for 2014, James and the team unveiled a fairly exciting lineup of newly-bottled beers, and this past week brewed a honey and fig saison in a collaboration with Hackney Wick’s Beavertown (another producer who appeared on that list). I’ve checked Google Maps, it’s an eight-minute walk from the Holyrood 9A to Jake’s Place (or vice versa). That, to me, sounds like a pub crawl…
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