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?
Not having a Beer Weekly last week, there was no chance to include the start of Cloisters’ Scottish Summer Beer Festival. Fear not, as head Cloisterman Barry tweeted a few days ago that their cellar status was ’15 down, 110 to go’. The festival runs all month, and contains such must-tries as Pilot’s one-off Parma Violet-infused wheat beer; Parma Violence (no, really), a new porter from the fledgling Hanging Bat brewery, and the unknown entity that is Strathaven Usquebea (7%). With multiple beers from the likes of Fyne Ales, Stewart and Alechemy, there should be something for every beer drinker. Follow the Twitter feed to get daily updates on what’s on the taps.
Again, through not being here for a while, I totally missed the opening of Ushers of Edinburgh, a new craft bar in the Old Town, yards from the beer garden of the Pear Tree on Nicholson Street. I’ll be there at some point, if only to write about something very interesting they have planned for the near future – but until then, all this coming week they are featuring beers from Stewart Brewing in a tap-takeover. Both cask and keg will be turned over to Loanhead’s largest brewery (of three), and representatives from Stewarts will also be making appearances to answer questions and share brewery updates.
Admittedly, I don’t often feature events that take place in champagne bars; but this week, as part of the Edinburgh Festival, you have the chance to have dinner with Robert Knops. Not a candlelight one-on-one; the Pommery are hosting a beer and burger event, taking place on Monday night (and again on Monday the 18th). For the ticket price, you get all four of Bob’s beers, plus a fantastic-looking burger, and get to hear about Knops’ journey from flipchart to their shiny facility in East Lothian, via a protracted period of contract-brewing.
Finally on Monday, the team at Appellation Wines kick off the first of a potentially long-running series; the A-Z of Beer. Focusing, as you’d expect, at the beginning, head along and let Craig run through the details of Ales, Abbey beers, Alts and any other terminology starting with the alphabet’s first letter. No prizes for guessing what will follow next week…
Of all the streets in Edinburgh, the most celebrated is somewhat lacking in beery opportunities. Without nipping around to Rose Street, or ducking into the Guildford Arms, there’s not usually much chance of a pint on Princes Street. Until this weekend, that is, when the Royal Overseas League are hosting a real ale festival. ‘The Club with THE view’ have gathered a selection of sixteen local casks, and for the £12 ticket price you get your first pint, plus a Scottish-themed meat and cheese platter. From there, beers are priced at £3 a pint or £1.50 a half. Expect offerings from Stewart, Knops, Belhaven, Eden and Barney’s. Enjoy THE view!
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!