Edinburgh Beer Weekly 24/11 – 30/11

Posted by on Nov 23, 2014 in Edinburgh Beer Weekly | No Comments

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? Hint: Keep Thursday free…

Monday 24th 8:00pm
Blonde but Complex at Appellation
Appellation Wines, 43 Dalry Road
Appellation Wines website tickets £10

Monday’s Appellation tasting revolves around the surprising depth that some lighter-coloured beers possess. Pale beers are often thought of merely as refreshing, or fridge-fodder, but the world of Saisons, IPAs and Belgian Tripels (to name but a few styles) includes some really fascinating beers that deserve lingering over.

Monday 24th [to Dec 4th]
Dark Beer Challenge
The Bow Bar, 80 West Bow
Bow Bar Twitter feed

After the success of the Bow’s Dark Beer Challenge last year, the seasonal change has necessitated a timely repeat of this bar-based experiment. From Monday onwards, 25 dark beers will be served anonymously at the Bow, for punters to rank purely according to taste. Once all the beers have gone on, a winner will be announced. Which will come out on top? Will Tempest win, yet again? Over to you…

Wednesday 26th 7:00pm
The Celt Experience tap takeover/pairing evening
The Stockbridge Tap, 2-6 Raeburn Place
Celt Experience Twitter feed

On Wednesday, head down to the always-excellent Stockbridge Tap and catch up with Welsh wonders the Celt Experience. Plenty of their cask and kegged beers will be on offer, as well as a range of seriously good food options to be paired with the beer. Get there early!

Wednesday 26th/Thursday 27th
Cloisters Bar Curry Festival
Cloisters Bar, 26 Brougham St
Further Information Tickets £12.50

Situated perfectly in the midweek hump, Cloisters Bar are throwing open their doors to the first of their new food and beer matching events; a curry club. Featuring dishes such as Goan prawn curry and cauliflower, spinach and chickpea balti, seven different beers will be on offer, designed to pair perfectly with the fragrant, spiced dishes. Camden Gentleman’s Wit, Thornbridge Kipling, and Pilot Unfined India (and more) sound like ideal matches – click on the link above for a full menu, and details of how to get hold of tickets.

Thursday 27th
Meet the Brewer – Fullers 7:30pm
The Hanging Bat, 133 Lothian Rd
Further Information / Tickets £25

John Keeling should certainly need no introduction; director of brewing at Fuller’s, he’s one of the UK’s pre-eminent authorities on beer. This week, he’ll be in the Hanging Bat, hosting a tasting with a difference. If you only associate Fullers with beers like London Pride – which itself is one of the best bitters you can hope to find – his Chiswick brewery also release an annual special; Fuller’s Vintage Ale. The 2014 version – the 18th created – has just been released, and to celebrate, John will be on hand to lead a vertical tasting of six different vintages – 2014, 2013, 2011, 2009, 2007 & 2005. Their Imperial Stout will also be available, as will Fuller’s staples such as London Porter, Bengal Lancer, Wild River and Frontier Lager. Get your tickets early!

Thursday 27th 7:00pm
Pilot Beer’s First Birthday
Vintage, 60 Henderson St
Pilot Beer Twitter / Facebook event page

Also on Thursday, Leith is the place to be, as the first working brewery there for many years – Pilot Beer – celebrate one year of operations by throwing a lavish party at the Vintage. Matt and Pat will be there, fielding questions and telling all of their progress thus far in getting Leith back on the Scottish beer map. Rumours of a giant stapler cake cannot be confirmed at this stage…

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