Welcome to the latest Edinburgh Beer Weekly! Every Sunday I’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 the 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 me 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?
On Monday, the weekly Appellation Wines beer tastings begin again following the New Year break – and they kick off with a hearty selection of warming (aka stronger) ales ‘that will bring colour and heat back to your face’. So head on down to Dalry Road and find out why beer can warm your cockles as well as any other beverage.
One of the standout calendar events on the Edinburgh beer scene begins in the middle of the week – the Bow Bar Winter Beer Festival. Mike and the team always assemble an unmissable selection of beers for their festivals, and this one will be no different, with treats appearing on the tall fonts from breweries around the UK, as well as further afield. Keep an eye on the Twitter feed for what’s on, when. Or just turn up. Either will work.
The next evening, the Hanging Bat are hosting Andrew and Brett from Wild Beer Co (from 6-7pm) either side of a tap takeover of their beers. The Wild Beer guys will then be heading to Blackfriars for a Meet the Brewer and food pairing evening (which I would obviously have included, but it’s sold out). The next night, they’ll be doing the same – a loosener at the Bat before heading off, this time to Spit/Fire where the food for pairing will be produced by the team at Spit/Fire and a very special guest – Tim Anderson, ex-Masterchef winner, in his Namban guise. Amazingly, tickets for this event are still available – here.
Starting this Thursday (and continuing all weekend) – the Guildford Arms are hosting the first of this year’s Scottish tap takeovers, featuring beers from up in Forres, courtesy of the Speyside Craft Brewery. On the bar – Bow Fiddle Blonde, Dark Sky Stout, Bottlenose Bitter, and Findhorn Killer IPA, all £2.50 a pint. So get there early!
Bookending the week rather nicely, there’s a second event at Appellation Wines – the Comely Bank branch, this time. To toast the Bard and celebrate life with some of Scotland’s finest beers, the team at CB will be having an afternoon of all that’s best about the last weekend in January. Aside from beer, there’ll be tastings of single cask whiskies and even haggis…
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!