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So – what’s happening in the Edinburgh beer scene over the next seven days?
Continuing from last week
Keep a beady eye tuned to the Cloisters Bar Twitter feed this week, as their Scottish Beer Festival comes to an end over the course of the next seven days. If you haven’t made it along so far, you’ve missed out on a lot of fantastic Scottish real ale and kegged beer, including the blink and you missed it Pilot Beer Parma Violence (also missed by myself). Still, there will be plenty of consolation available with the final week’s lineup; push on through to Sunday.
Following on from the debut of their A-Z feature two weeks ago, in the second running, the Appellation Wines team turn to…B. Craig and the guys at the Dalry branch will be rifling through terminology and beer styles starting with the alphabet’s second letter. So expect, Belgium, Bock, Black IPA amongst others. What price a Boring Brown Bitter?
As the Cloisters’ festival runs into its final weekend, two miles to the south, another beer festival is set to begin. The Buckstone Pub and Kitchen, adjacent to the Braid Hills Hotel, will be opening the special taps at 6pm on the Friday, and pouring some great beers all weekend, until 8pm on the Sunday. Those will include notables such as Fallen Model Motive, Stewart Summer Beat, Sonnet 43 Bourbon Milk Stout, and one of the last casks of Natural Selection Brewing ‘Mutiny on the Beagle’ in existence. Your £3 advance ticket, or £4 on the door, includes your first half, and there will be a hog roast on Saturday.
Whilst that hog is roasting away, back two miles in the other direction the Hanging Bat are having one of their non-ticketed, anything-goes Saturday night Meet the Brewer Events. In town for one night, Tony McGee and Ron Fraser, owners and founders of Lagunitas Brewing Company, will be holding court and talking to all and sundry about their brewing philosophy, their recent incredible expansion, and anything and everything else. As you’d expect, on the bar will be plenty of their beers, so head down to the Bat and dive in.
As the Cloisters’ festival ends, they are rounding things off with a special, bespoke event (hence the separate listing). Sunday sees Barry and the team putting on a Bothy Beer Fest – a mountain climbing-themed event, raising money for Mountain Rescue charities. On the bar will be a couple of exclusives – a new beer from Highland Brewing Co called ‘Old Man of Hoy’, and ‘9b+’ – a one-off brewed by the Cloisters’ staff at Stewart Brewing’s Craft Beer Kitchen. If you can’t reference the climbing term it is named after, then watch this video – although not if you suffer from vertigo…
Just a quick note that Sunday is the final day the Southern Bar are accepting entries for their 2nd annual homebrew competition. If you have a couple of bottles of your best and proudest kitchen creation sitting about – get in touch with the Southern and enter them! The winning beer will be brewed commercially by Stewart Brewing, as last year’s winner – the acclaimed First World Problems – was. Who will come out on top this year?
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