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So – what’s happening in the Edinburgh beer scene over the next seven days?
The beery week begins, as ever, with a tasting at Appellation Wines, and this week’s session revolves around the wheat beer. Embraced by beer-makers from the continent to the rest of the world, head along to the Comely Bank branch on Monday and discover how surprisingly versatile the style can be.
Also on Monday, and continuing throughout the week, Vino Wines’ original Broughton Street outlet are hosting a beer festival. Throughout the week, there will be an extended range of home-grown and limited release bottled beer to take home – and growler fills from their two kegerators. In addition, they are hosting a series of Meet the Brewer events throughout the week, all of which are free – just turn up for a chat and a few samples. Those events are as follows:-
Wednesday 9th – Fallen Brewing Co (5-7pm)
Paul Fallen we be in, chatting about his new brewery and sharing samples of kegged Dragonfly
Thursday 10th – Tyne Bank (5-7pm)
Sam from Tyne Bank will be discussing their re-brand and beer styles, with tastings of Cherry Stout
Saturday 12th – Can vs Bottle (3-5pm)
Canned craft on offer from Beavertown, Fourpure and Flying Dog
Sunday 13th – Natural Selection Brewing (2:30-4:30pm)
Members of the current NSB team will be on hand to pour, and talk about, Mutiny on the Beagle, their British-hopped IPA. (The team will also be at Vino Stockbridge from 5-7pm the same evening, and will also be at Vino Morningside the day before, on the 12th 5-7pm).
Also mid-week, it’s the return of an Edinburgh tradition. Each year, four students from the Heriot-Watt Brewing and Distilling course group together to design, create, launch and sell a beer of their own, which they brew at Stewart Brewing’s facility in Loanhead. This Wednesday, the fourth Natural Selection Brewing beer hits the bars, and the only place to get the British-hopped IPA is the Summerhall courtyard. I caught up with the team last week, and having had a taste of the beer, I can heartily recommend heading along. Tickets are available here. If you can’t make it, the team will be conducting 5-7pm tastings at a series of Edinburgh bottle shops aside from Vino; Oddbins Bruntsfield on the 10th, Oddbins Elm Row on the 11th, Cornelius also on the 11th, and Oddbins Queensferry Road on the 12th).
The warm summer weather can only mean the Scottish Real Ale Festival is here again, taking place once again out at the airy Corn Exchange – hop on a bus for 150+ different real ales served over four days (up from three days for previous festivals). Holding on to your glass grants you free entry on the other days. Historically one of the highlights of the drinking season, the beer list is available here.
To round the week off, Cloisters are hosting one of the more jovial personalities in brewing, the swashbuckling Denzil Vallance of Great Heck Brewing Company. He’ll be bringing with him beers such as Shankar Treasure IPA, Powermouse, Chopper and Black Jesus, and will have one of Great Heck’s debut kegs along as well. Get there early!
That’s not it for Denzil, however, as the next afternoon he’s doing more meeting and greeting – this time at Appellation Wines’ Dalry branch. Bottled beer will be the order of the day here, as the Yorkshire outfit will be pouring tasters and chatting, as well as probably comparing hangovers from the night before…
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!