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So – what’s happening in the Edinburgh beer scene over the next seven days?
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, the final four days of this fascinating festival will take place, and the remaining beers of the original 25 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…
Monday’s Appellation tasting gives you the perfect lead-in to the festive season, now the advent calendars have been opened. The team will be matching three single cask whiskies to three Scottish beers, in a celebration of the ‘hauf and hauf’. Cheers!
Starting this Thursday (and continuing all weekend) – the Guildford Arms will be featuring beers from the Loch Ness Brewery, who burst onto the scene in 2011 and have gone from strength to strength ever since. On the bar – DarkNESS, HoppyNESS, LightNESS and their Christmas special, FestiveNESS. The beers will all be on at £2.50 a pint, so get there early!
The fourth Summerhall beer festival takes place this coming weekend; the arts venue that encompasses Barney’s Brewery and Pickering’s Gin has a mix of indoor and outdoor drinking areas, and alongside staples from the home producers, beers will be on offer from Williams Bros and Top Out, with each brewery hosting their own bar. Also on offer, beers from Germany, the US and Sweden, as well as the rest of the UK. Food and live music will also be available. Sessions over the weekend start with Power Hour at 4.30pm on Friday, with a reduced ticket price (£6). Saturday’s session begins in the afternoon, 2-7pm and again 8pm-close. For full timings and prices, check out the link above.
Rounding off the week, and the events featuring Appellation Wines, on Saturday Dalry/Comely Bank’s finest are hosting their fourth annual portfolio tasting (aka off-site boozeup). A ‘super-tasting’, the afternoon will showcase plenty of the grape-based products – but also a lot of beer. Several Scottish brewers will be in attendance, showing their bottled ranges. As Ash and Erica state – what better way to spend a dark December afternoon, and pick out your Christmas drinks…
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!