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!
One of the highlights of the season continues on Monday and throughout the week; the Guildford Arms’ annual winter real ale festival. Until Sunday when it concludes, expect lots of fantastic beers from all over the UK, in a mix of styles best for this time of the year. The full beer list is out, click the link above to plan your drinking targets. With plenty of new breweries featured – which says something even for the Guildford – there’ll definitely be something new and interesting to discover. For instance, seldom seen breweries for Edinburgh include such standouts as Monmouthshire’s Kingston brewery, Leicestershire’s Dow Bridge and the Calvors Brewery, who hail from a brewery based on an airfield in rural Suffolk.
Also to begin the week, Appellation Wines Dalry branch are hosting a tasting devoted to one of the most fascinating styles out there – smoked beers. Along with sours, beers brewed with smoked malt take some getting used to initially – the ‘should this taste like bacon’ period – but just as with sour beers, once the palate is attuned they deliver some amazing flavours. Head along and discover how differing smoked malt bills and added ingredients equate to different beers for the drinker.
On Thursday, something a little different comes to town. The Filmhouse hasn’t featured on the Beer Weekly to date, but this week they are screening a film the entirely revolves around beer. Craft is a documentary focusing on the rise of the US brewing scene, and goes behind the scenes at several American producers to find out how they became successful, and how they continue to make names for themselves within the industry. As a co-presentation by BrewDog Edinburgh, the ticket price includes a post-film discussion with invited Scottish brewers on the merits of the film and the beer industry, plus a can of Punk IPA to keep you going whilst the film is running.
Also on Thursday, the Southern is the place to be, as the winner of their annual homebrew competition breaks cover. Hoppity Hip, an (as the name suggests) hopped-up pale ale, was brewed by Tom Gardener and has been recreated by Stewart Brewing. The beer debuts at 7pm, alongside several other Stewart beers, so get there early and find out exactly what it’s like!
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!