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?
St Patrick’s day – yeah, you could head down to the Three Sisters and drink your bodyweight in Guinness (they sold 10,486 pints in 24hrs, last year). Or you could venture to Appellation Wines Comely Bank and enjoy a different kind of green – green hops. Ash and the team will have a range of hop-forward beers to sample; and he’s Irish too, so craic is virtually guaranteed.
It’s a good week for hop-lovers, as on Wednesday the Hanging Bat turns its taps over exclusively to India Pale Ales; and all from these shores. If you ever saw my list of the best IPA’s in the UK, you won’t be disappointed – Buxton Axe Edge, Cromarty AKA IPA, Redchurch Great Eastern IPA, BBF Southville Hop, and many more are set to feature. Check the link above for the other beers on offer (at the time of writing), and head along on Wednesday to enjoy; note, this is not a ticketed event – the doors, and taps, open at noon.
Beer festival season is upon us again, and traditionally the first out of the traps are the thirsty students out at Heriot-Watt University. Of course, that particular institution is renowned for its association with beer, being home to the International Centre for Brewing and Distilling. Every year, the Uni puts on a two-day festival, with all proceeds going to charity. The £10 entry gets you £5 worth of half-pint vouchers, and according to the organisers, new/rare beers on offer include the following: “a bread beer from this years Natural Selection guys, an Apricot beer from the Brewstore, a continuously hopped Black Saigon from Alechemy their 200th brew, ‘Jamrock’ a Reggae Stout from Alechemy, a trial beer from Willliam ‘Super Beer IPA’, ‘The Cone’ which is Top Outs new 6.8% IPA as well as a couple of Pins from the Abbey Brew House in Dunfermline.”
Finally, rounding off the week, at Dirleton (on the way to North Berwick), Robert Knops and his team are hosting a Sunday open day between 5-8pm at their Archerfield Walled Garden home. It’s a great place to spend an evening, and if the sudden re-emergence of the sun continues, it should be hugely popular. There are no tickets, so just turn up, but if you’d like more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!