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 Tuesday, the Hanging Bat host a final farewell to Siren’s Ryan Witter-Merithew, who announced recently that he is to trade Berkshire for Vermont and head back to the States to join one of the most renowned breweries in the States, Hill Farmstead. Before he leaves though, he’s coming back to the Bat in the company of founder Darron for a Meet the Brewer and bringing some frankly amazing beers. Check the link above for the beer list (it would take too long to type out), and note that although tickets to the event are – as ever – sold out, the beers will still be available on the bar, on the evening.
Also on Tuesday, Newington is the place to go if you’ve ever wondered whether beer and BBQ food go together. Actually, if you’ve ever wondered that, you must have never tasted either of those two components because yes; yes they do. Clerk’s Bar are providing the latter, and Loanhead’s Stewart Brewing the former. On offer; Hop Jock, Radical Road (likely to be a first appearance for it in cans) and Black IPA, each matched to samples of barbecue food. Also, a rather enticing pairing involving slow cooked meat and cask 80/-. Old school.
No, that isn’t a typo – the Siren guys are staying in town for another event, and as it is at Spit/Fire, this one revolves around meat. A stunning-sounding five-course pairing menu will be unleashed, each beer of which will be one of Siren’s barrel-aged offerings. If things like b-a Nacken and spit-roasted hogget shoulder sound like your kind of thing, then head to the link above to pick up some of the few tickets remaining.
If you like getting up close and personal with the people that make your beer – this is the week for you! On Thursday, another group of brewers head up from the south – in this case west London. Weird Beard are making the journey to BrewDog Edinburgh, and will be bringing plenty of kegs with them. Head along and find out what WB are up to, what it’s like brewing in modern-day London, and sample some of their many, many excellent beers in the process.
A second event taking place on Thursday, is a German beer tasting taking place at Appellation Wines’ Comely Bank branch. Head along to discover traditional styles like Kolsch, Alt, discuss the impact that lager has had on global brewing (hint: some significance), and the fabled Purity laws. Six different styles will be on offer for tasting, each more different than the last, as befits this fascinating brewing country.
To round off the week, the Holyrood 9A are hosting the indomitable Fyne Ales for a weekend tap takeover that sounds like the perfect excuse to park yourself somewhere and make an afteroon (or couple of days) of it. Either way, the 9A’s taps will be pouring a selection of the highest-quality beers from Argyll’s finest, so venture down and take advantage!
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!