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So, what’s happening in the Edinburgh beer scene over the next seven days?
On Tuesday, William Street is also the place to be, as Bert’s Bar host a brewer from the west-side of the coutnry not often seen in person round these parts. Barrhead’s Kelburn Brewery are in town, and will be bringing several of their beers for an MTB that should hopefully feature their newly-crowned Champion Beer of Scotland, Dark Moor.
Also on Tuesday, a real barnstormer of an event at the Hanging Bat, as the Lothian Road beery palace welcomes the first beers (and people behind them) from one of the most eagerly-awaited breweries of 2015. Manchester’s Cloudwater Brew Co have created a serious buzz in the run-up to their launch – this could well be because of the pedigree of the supergroup-style team in place. With backgrounds at Marble, Summer Wine and BrewDog (to name three), Cloudwater have a lot of extremely talented people on board, and have a lot of people in the know extremely interested. And on Tuesday, for £15 you can meet them and have eight of their beers. And there are still tickets available. Amazing!
Thursday 19th 7:00pm
Beer and Food Pairing – Williams Bros
Canons’ Gait Craft Beer Bar & Kitchen, 232 Canongate
Further Details / Tickets £30 (plus booking fee online, or call 0131 556 4481).
On Thursday, there’s a great-looking beer and food matching event taking place at the Canons’ Gait Craft Beer Bar and Kitchen (or the Gait, for convenience), featuring some extremely tempting sounding dishes from the in-house chefs paired with beer from Alloa’s finest, Williams Bros. The food list is out – check the link above – but the beers are a closely-guarded secret. Head Brewer Gordon Gelsthorpe will be in attendance, running through the matches on the evening and providing some insights as to the latest happenings at Williams Bros.
Also on Thursday, Edinburgh’s newest beer bar – the Cowgate’s Ox 184 – hosts a tap takeover and Meet the Brewer from their ‘house’ brewery, Tempest Brew Co. Not a bad home outfit to call on; if you need any reminding on how good Tempest’s beers are then just turn up and try any of them. Ox 184 is the latest bar from Fuller Thomson (Red Squirrel, Southern, Holyrood 9A), and launches of Thursday – with four taps devoted to Tempest on regular days, presumably many more on their opening night!
Thursday 19th [to Friday 20th] 12-12 both days
30th Heriot-Watt Charity Beer and Cider Festival
Heriot-Watt Student Union, Edinburgh Campus
Facebook page / Twitter Feed tickets £10, beers £1.50 per half
Beer festival season is upon us again, and traditionally the first out of the traps are the thirsty students out at Heriot-Watt University. Of course, that particular institution is renowned for its association with beer, being home to the International Centre for Brewing and Distilling. Every year, the Uni puts on a two-day festival, with all proceeds going to charity. The £10 entry gets you your first five beer tokens£5 worth of half-pint vouchers, and there will be the products of over thirty-five breweries in attendance. Anyone can attend, the only stipulation for non-students is that they email their names to firstname.lastname@example.org for addition to the guest list. Check the Twitter feed above for the amazing brewery line-up.
The Bow Bar is one of (if not the) best pubs in Edinburgh, as I tell anyone asking for drinking tips for this city, and a large part of that is down to Manager Mike Smith. On Friday, he’s celebrating ten years at the Bow – and has prepared a list of amazing beers for the occasion, including Imperial Stouts from Alechemy and Lawman Brew Co’s, kegs from (amongst others) Beavertown, Kernel and Wild Beer Co, and Epicurian Coffee and Fig Stout from Epic in New Zealand.
Usually, the Appellation Wines tastings start the week – but this time the bottlecaps are coming off at the start(ish) of the weekend, on Saturday afternoon. It promises to be a great tasting though, as Ash will have been in the kitchen again, dishing up his legendary Thai Green Vegetable curry. But what beer to pair with it? The Appellation team will have six options, none of which will be Asian branded lagers…
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!