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?
Next week begins in traditional style, with a tasting at Appellation Wines’ Dalry branch. The topic under discussion this time is only the very best beers in Scotland! Yes, it’s Tartan Day so Ash and the team will (maybe) dressing up and pouring a range of what are, in their opinion, the pick of the modern Scottish brewing scene. Head on down and see if you agree!
We’re well into the depths of the amazing Edinburgh Science Festival this week, and there are a few events in the off-shoot Gastrofest that pertain to beer. One of the pick this week is a musical tour of the world of beer, hosted by Will Pickvance and Andrew ‘Barney’ Barnett. The event will feature Will’s piano-bar-bike and some fantastic beer from Barney, including a brand-new festival beer called Fe Fi Fo, brewed with a special secret ingredient (?). The show runs nightly at 8 until Saturday.
On Thursday, Pat Jones from Leith’s Pilot Beer will be holding court at Marchmont’s Cork & Cask, pouring tasters of their newest beer, the barnstorming 10.5% abv Double Mocha. The limited-release upscaled version of Pilot’s Mochaccino Stout is going to be hugely sought-after; so get along to C&C and let Pat tell you how it was made and what the latest news is from the Leithsome twosome.
There’s another Meet-the-Brewer tasting event on the books this week, and it takes place on the same night at the Black Fox on Leith Walk. Jaan Ratsep, co-founder of Edinburgh’s Black Metal Brewery, will be on hand from 7pm giving a guided tour of his beers. I caught up with Jaan in August, and know that this event will be quite something – so head on down and find out his unique take on brewing, and where Black Metal (the brewery and the music genre) will go in the future.
Also on Thursday, attention turns to the corner of West Register Street, and the Guildford Arms. Their Spring Beerfest kicks off then, featuring dozens of beers from a range of UK breweries, many potentially new to Edinburgh (Oates? Colchester? Riverhead?). From those more familiar producers, expect new beers, such as Drygate Prohibition Stout, Fyne Ales Sunset Boulevard, and Inveralmond Rascal London Porter. The festival runs for 11 days, check the Guildford’s Twitter feed for updates and what’s on when in terms of the beer list.
To end the week, Edinburgh’s BrewDog bar are hosting a beer and chocolate event in collaboration with one of the city’s most popular local businesses – the Chocolate Tree. The team at the bar will be taking you through five beers expertly paired with five handmade organic chocolates, exploring the process of creating chocolate and brewing beer and how to match the products of one to the other. The event starts at 12:30 and runs for two hours, tickets in advance via the links above.
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!