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So – what’s happening in the Edinburgh beer scene over the next seven days? Hint: Keep Thursday free…
The first event on Thursday starts early; at 4 o’clock in the afternoon there’s a talk on Edinburgh’s heritage pubs, delivered by John Martin, Chairman of Scottish Brewing Archive Association. Few people know more about the history of Edinburgh brewing and drinking, so it should be a fascinating talk, particularly as it will be concentrating on the city’s diminishing roll call of heritage pubs, and their distinctive architecture.
Also on Thursday, Edinburgh’s BrewDog bar (not yet heritage listed) are hosting a tasting of four Mikkeller gluten-free beers. Green Gold, I Wish, American Dream and the wonderfully-named Peter, Pale and Mary will be up for sampling, alongside a range of cheese and locally-sourced gluten-free bread. Find out, once and for all, that no gluten doesn’t equate to no taste. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for tickets!
That same night, Benjii Bullen – the West Coast Whirlwind – will be holding court at Bruntsfield’s branch of Oddbins, holding a tasting of his bottled beers. Head along and sample as many as he has with him, they will all be excellent. Also, catch up on his latest news, and what his latest brewing plans are.
Belgian beers are the focus of this week’s Appellation tasting, taking place at the Comely Bank branch…also on that same Thursday night. The team will be discussing – and leading tastings on – six different types – Trappists, Wits, Lambics, Abbey Dubbels and more besides!
Still on Thursday, at Cloisters there’s a Meet the Brewer and tap takeover event with one of the newest, and least-seen breweries in the Lothians. East Linton’s Freewheelin’ Brewery are a community-owned producer, and founder Richard White will be in attendance to introduce five of his beers (Ruby, Blonde, Winter, Dizzy Blonde and Xx IPA). So head down and find out what led him to start out, and just how the people of East Lothian have helped him along the way.
Also, er, on Thursday, the Southern is the place to be, as the winner of their annual homebrew competition breaks cover. Interstate, an American-hopped 90/-, was brewed by Rory Lancellas and was recreated on Stewart Brewing’s Craft Beer Kitchen. Scaled up, and with an attractive pump clip, the beer debuts at 7pm, alongside several other Stewart beers, such as Hopricot, Belgian Gold & Cauld Reekie.
But if you’re busy on Thursday, Benjii will be scooting across town on Friday, and holding another bottled beer tasting in the Elm Row branch of Oddbins. So it’s not just a one-day week, this week!
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!