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?
I usually write the Beer Weeklies Monday-Sunday, but we’ll start with this Sunday (i.e. today) on this occasion due to a few last-minute Burns-Night events. One of those takes place at Cloisters Bar, where the team are assembling a micro-cosm of Scottish food and drink. A mini tap takeover with Ayr Brewing is one of the main features, featuring a new beer “Fair Jennies Jig”, a 4.4% extra pale ale. There will also be a Whisky tasting with Glengoyne distillary at 7pm & free haggis canapes on offer.
Also to celebrate the Bard, the Southern Bar are holding their annual Bavarian Burns night once again. Expect, as last time, food, drink, samplings, prizes, music. In short; the works. Speaking of drink, confirmed beers include, so far, Weihenstephan, Ayinger Jahrhunter, and Hofbrau Dunkel. Also, from nearer by, an ultra rare one-off cask of Stewart Brewing 1759. Come in a kilt or German traditional dress, and you’ll get a free gift – should be quite the evening!
(There are plenty of other Burns’ Night Events across town on Sunday – such as…)
With only a handful of places left, where will you be this Sunday? We start at 6 for fun, haggis and Whisky, get in! pic.twitter.com/Qv4Bd0DLYk
— Jeremiah's Taproom (@JeremiahTap) January 23, 2015
Celebrate Burns Night, all weekend we have: Haggis, Neeps and Tatties! Balmoral Chicken with creamy mashed potato! A mug of stovies! 🙂
— Berts Bar (@berts_bar) January 23, 2015
Continuing from last week, we have the peerless 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!
On Tuesday, and not related to poetry or beer festivals, BrewDog Edinburgh is the place to go for some food pairings that should appeal to all. Savoury dishes often take the lead with beer matching, but sweet things go just as well. The Edinburgh bar are running two tasting events (6pm and 8pm) showcasing the joy of beer and sweet treats. Email the bar on firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve tickets – it will be a sell-out!
This week’s Appellation beer tasting takes place at the Comely Bank branch, and features something we should all be elbows-deep in by know – winter beers. Dark, roasty, rich and warming – head along and let the team introduce you to some of the best beers for the season.
Finally, to round the week out, it’s all eyes back on the Southern Bar, as they are hosting a tap takeover from the Edinburgh pico-brewery Carbon Smith. I’ve covered the rise of Ollie and his tiny brewery since before they launched their debut beer, and think 2015 could be the year when they really break out. Quite obviously, don’t take my word for it – head along to the Southern and chat to Ollie and try the beers he’s been brewing with his Dad Neil; their most recent was a 190 IBU IPA, for instance…
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!