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?
Although there are now Trappist-approved monastic breweries in a handful of other countries, when you think of the style, it’s Belgium that comes to mind. This week’s Appellation tasting features Trappist and Abbey-style (i.e. similar but without official distinction) beers from both halves of the divided beer-crazy nation. Head along and see just what the monks that brew, can do.
On Tuesday, head down to the always-excellent Stockbridge Tap (recently crowned CAMRA Edinburgh city pub of the year) and catch up with Welsh wonders the Celt Experience. Seven cask and two kegged beers will be on offer, as well as a range of seriously good Welsh cheeses, to be paired with the beer. If that wasn’t enough, burger supremo Sam will be knocking up a range of beer-infused burgers. Get there early!
The emergence of new ‘craft’ beer bars in Edinburgh shows no signs of slowing down, and the latest to jump into the market opens its doors officially on Tuesday. Clerk’s Bar is owned by Maclay Inns, and has seen the renovation of the old Dragon Way restaurant on South Clerk Street in Newington. With ‘three cask and craft beers on tap’,* plenty of bottles, and a range of smoked BBQ and burger options, it looks to be ploughing a familiar, yet successful, furrow. Head along, and judge for yourself…
*This means two guest casks, alongside permanent Pentland IPA, and two guest kegs, alongside Williams Caesar Augustus.
On Thursday, there will be a special tasting of beers from Stewart Brewing at Morningside’s Waiting Room. Alongside a range of core and non-core beers from Loanhead’s finest, also on offer will be a brand new Waiting Room house beer, brewed by bar manager Sandy, using the new Craft Beer Kitchen facility. Head on down and chat to Sandy about what he came up with, and give him full and thorough feedback…
Also in Newington, on Friday the Southern are playing host to a tap takeover of experimental beers from Stewart Brewing, to launch their new ‘Craft Beer Kitchen’. As part of their brewery expansion, the Loanhead concern now have an area dedicated to the public – for a fee, anyone can book a day, turn up, and make a beer, returning to bottle it and take away for enjoyment. You can even design the labels. Check the link above for further details, or head along to the Southern on Friday, and try some of the test examples, such as an Earl Grey amber ale and a watermelon wheat.
St Patrick’s Day needn’t be a flurry of slowly poured Guinness jostled through a throng of foam hat-wearing marketing types. Other alternatives are available. For example, this weekend head down to your local Fuller Thomson bar and enjoy a range of the best stouts from around the world. The Southern, Red Squirrel and Holyrood 9A will have third-pint tasting flights on the go, and takeaway growler fills available. What could be further away from the traditional black stuff that that?
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