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So – what’s happening in the Edinburgh beer scene over the next seven days?
Does bigger equate to better? When it comes to beer, sometimes it certainly does. Monday’s Appellation tasting revolves around big-bottled beers, as Ash and the team will be pouring a selection of large format numbers. American brewers often bottle in the larger ‘bomber’ size, so this a great chance to head along and try something which perhaps you might not have bought before.
Another treat of the current season makes its welcome return on Monday, as Edinburgh’s three bars owned by Fuller Thomson throw open their doors (and display shelves) to the city’s pumpkin-carvers. Take your freshly-chiselled gourd along to either the Red Squirrel, Southern or Holyrood 9A, and the first fifty entrants (across the three bars) will receive a free bottle of BrewDog Pumpkinhead. The competition will be judged in each bar at 8pm on the 31st, where winners will receive a BrewDog gift pack. Get carving!
This month’s Hanging Bat meet the brewer promises to be yet another corker, as they have acquired the services of one of the most promising breweries in the country. Malton’s Bad Seed launched around a year and a half ago, and despite hailing from the heart of conservative cask country (which is no bad thing, in of itself), they have quickly built a very big reputation for imaginative beer. Head down to the Bat to sample their wares, in what could be the biggest single-night Bad Seed offering to date (try the new cherry sour).
If you can squeeze your way past the pumpkins, there’s a second event on this week at the ever-busy Holyrood 9A; a meet the brewer and sample session featuring Cumbria’s Stringers Beer. Starting at 8, Rebecca and Jonathan will be holding court, answering questions on their brewing ethos, and explaining what it’s like running a modern brewery – and a 100% renewably-powered one, at that – on the shores of Morecambe Bay.
To round the week out, there’s a celebration of a significant milestone for one of Edinburgh’s best bottle shops. Ten years is a long time in retail, and Cornelius Beer & Wine have more than proved their worth by flourishing over that period. James and the team have supported Scotland’s beer industry throughout that time, and if you’d like to share in their evening, tickets are still available (all proceeds to charity). The night comprises of a three-course Indian banquet, a relaxed tutored tasting of eight wines; and you’ll get a bottle of their birthday beer – the brilliantly named Damn Dirty Ape (brewed by Luckie Ales). Many happy returns!
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