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So, what’s happening in the Edinburgh beer scene over the next seven days?
CONTINUING FROM LAST WEEK
Two great beer festivals on in Edinburgh this week – the first of which is the continuance of the Guildford Arms Spring Beerfest. Dozens of beers still to be served from a range of UK breweries, many potentially new to Edinburgh, and others old favourites. Check the Guildford’s Twitter feed for updates and what’s on when in terms of the beer list.
There’s also a very special beer festival on this week (although, it has actually started early and the beers are pouring right now). Cloisters Bar is an Edinburgh institution, and has been serving fantastic cask ale for twenty years. As part of their birthday celebrations, Barry and the team have gathered a fantastic list of beers new and old. Pouring from the taps, a range of old favourites and some of the latest beers you can get your hands on. There’s even a special beer brewed for the occasion. Head along to Cloisters and join in the fun!
The Edinburgh Science Festival continues, and as part of the sub-festival Gastrofest, there are a few beer-related events. This Wednesday, there’s a fantastic-sounding event taking place in the Dissecting Room at Summerhall. It revolves around fermentation, and sees a selection of small presentations from experts such as Graeme Walker of Aberdeen University and Nick Zeigler of BrewDog. Tickets cost £20 but include a selection of beers and tasting platters involving fermented foods (breads, cheeses, pickles etc).
We’ve had a few nice days of weather recently (although not at weekends, of course), and Appellation Wines are officially calling the start of summer. Fresh out of the traps on Thursday, the rays are shining with a selection of hop-forward beers designed to be drunk in the warm summer months.
For the hop-heads, we have Thursday night at the Hanging Bat. For the third year, the Bat have been allocated some of the hugely-rare Un-human Cannonball from Magic Rock. This 11% Imperial IPA has had quite an impact since it appeared on the scene, and its annual arrival in Edinburgh has become a firm favourite on the beery calendar. The beer will be launched with a talk – tickets for which have sold out – but it will also be available on the bar, alongside several other Magic Rock beers, including Human Cannonball and Cannoball – did anyone say ‘flight’?
To end the week, the action returns to Lothian Road and a beer and gin pairing event at the Red Squirrel. The bar has joined forces with Eden Mill, the local distillery and brewery near St Andrews, to run an event based around tasting these two very different – but at times complementary – drinks. Head on down and find out what Eden Mill have been up to recently, as they continue to pick up plaudits for their small batch spirits.
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