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?
USA! USA! Paint your face with the American Eagle and head down to Dalry on Monday night for a special bank holiday Appellation Wines tasting. Craig will be leading the line with several top-quality beers from over the pond. American beer has changed hugely since pioneers such as Sierra Nevada were established following the homebrewing revolution – get yourself along to Appellation and discover just how good US Craft Beer™ can be…
Also on Monday – and not a million miles from Appellation Wines – Thomson’s Bar on Morrison Street are turning their tall fonts over to the wares of Argyll’s finest, Fyne Ales. As can be seen from the photo link above, the event will mark the Edinburgh debut of Fyne’s newest beer – the 6% American Brown Ale, Landslide. Also on offer; Jarl, Vital Spark, Avalanche, Hurricane Jack, Maverick, Sublime Stout, Highlander and (on keg) Sanda Blonde. There won’t be a better beer line-up in town on Monday than that.
On Thursday, Cloisters is the place to be if you appreciate traditional, or even ancient, styles of beer. Seven will be on offer, all produced at Stewart Brewing’s Craft Beer Kitchen facility – including a Sumerian beer brewed by the barstaff which dates back to 3,500BC (when Cloisters’ Barry was just starting out in bar management). The beers will be on over the weekend, head down and see what our ancestors would have enjoyed, back in the day – full details of what each beer is can be found on the Stewart Brewing blog.
Brewmeister have garnered a fair few comments on Twitter since their launch, related to the way they have gone about things so far. Is their branding too derivative? Is 2014 the year for a resolutely balls-out brewery? And what is their beer actually like? Well, you can finally get to grips with their range at Jeremiah’s Place on Thursday, as five beers will be on offer, and members of the Brewmeister team will be in attendance, to answer questions. There will also be live music from the Gorms.
Thursday is proving to be a popular night for events this coming week, as there will also be a special tasting of beers from Alechemy at Morningside’s Waiting Room. Founder James Davies will be in attendance to talk about his brewery, and also introduce a range of his fantastic beers; three of which will be on cask, and two on keg. Included in that total is a beer brewed by Waiting Room barstaff (unlikely to be Sumerian-influenced), and the official launch of Higilgy Figildy, a 5.5% honey and fig saison, brewed in collaboration with Beavertown.
Finally for Thursday (but continuing all weekend) – the Guildford Arms will be featuring beers from one of Scotland’s newer, local micros – MòR Brewing Compnay of Kellas, near Dundee. ‘Ale with an accent’ is their slogan, so head along to the Guildford and see if it’s an accent easily understood. On the bar – MoR Tea Vicar?, MoR-ish!, MoR Ticia and MoR Please! . All the beers will be on at £2.50 a pint, while they last. Don’t be surprised if they don’t last long!
Friday is also ANZAC Day – when Australians, New Zealanders and people of the Pacific Islands remember their veterans. Edinburgh’s Elixir Brewing Company are operated by an Australian, and to commemorate this special annual occasion they have created ANZAC, a 5.9% Aus/Kiwi-hopped beer also brewed with rolled oats, golden syrup and coconut. Launched on the day of the same name, the recipe emulates ANZAC biscuits, commonly sent from home to the soldiers in the trenches. Donations will also be accepted on the night for the Edinburgh ANZAC Memorial Fund.
Great Grog first opened their doors in 1999 – and their emphasis on beer has steadily increased over the years. Saturday sees the latest running of their hugely popular annual bottled beer festival, held in the hall of Café Camino – the side-space associated with St Mary’s Cathedral. Tickets are available in advance from Great Grog, or on the day at the festival itself (if any are unsold, at £10). However, they are almost running out – so be quick. Alternatively, the BeerCast has three pairs to give away next week – so keep an eye tuned firmly to the blog on Tuesday for the second annual Great Grog Ticket giveaway!
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!