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!
To start the week, Chris Lennert from Left Hand Brewing Co is in town, and is celebrating in true Scottish style with a beer and whisky matching event. Taking place at OX 184 on the Cowgate, Chris will be bringing his not inconsiderable expertise to the party, revealing a series of modern takes on the classic half and half. With only a few tickets left, this is a great chance to learn more about how our two greatest drinks go together.
The Hanging Bat’s excellent Meet the Brewer series of events usually close out a month, but hot on the heels of last week’s Chorlton Brewing event, the Bat Taps are primed for another brewery showcase – this time, to start the month. New Zealand’s Yeastie Boys are in town, and have brought around a dozen of their finest beers with them. Ticket price includes six beers, three courses of food, and plenty of discussion on how Yeastie Boys are going – and where next for Antipodean craft beer…
This week’s tasting at Appellation Wines takes place at their Comely Bank branch, and features the glory of the cloudy, the hazy and the opaque. Wheat beers are still just as popular as ever, so head along and put the winter weather behind you with a series of beers designed to be enjoyed in Bavarian beer gardens.
There’s a single-day beer festival in town this week, taking place at one of the city’s best pubs. Cloisters Bar on Brougham Street are hosting a ‘dark days, light nights’ event which sees their famous taps split into dark, roasty stouts and tropical, fruity pale ales. The beer list is in the Twitter link above, but highlights include the only cask in existence of Windswept’s Tornado IPA and the recently-crowned Champion Winter Beer of Britain, Marble Chocolate Marble.
Also on Thursday, a shop stroll across the Meadows will bring you to the Southern, who are hosting one of Scotland’s most celebrated breweries for a beer and food pairing evening. Fyne Ales need little introduction to regular readers of the BeerCast, but how are their beers when introduced at mealtime? Find out with a four course guided menu designed to match the skill of the brewers with the skill of the Southern’s kitchen.
On Friday, ease into the weekend by the seaside, as the Dalriada hosts a tasting of the beers from the ever-excellent Alechemy Brewing. Head along and meet the team, sample a few of their beers – and if the weather co-operates, sit outside and look for seals… EDIT – This event has now been re-arranged for Friday 25th March
On Saturday, one of Northern Scotland’s most successful beer festival is hitting the road, heading to Edinburgh for one day only. North Hop began in Inverness two years ago and has now blossomed into a series of single-day festivals around the country. The Edinburgh event takes place at the Assembly Rooms and features beer (from a dozen Scottish breweries), gin, cocktails, street food and music and is split into two sessions (daytime 12-5pm and evening 7pm-12am). Ticket price includes glass, programme and your first drink!
Also on Saturday, the Museum of Edinburgh sees the launch of a three-month exhibition of Scotland’s rich brewing history. Compiled by Brewing Heritage Scotland, the group who maintain the fascinating historical items of the Scottish Brewing Archive, the exhibition will feature a series of period images, documents and displays about the unique and often untold history of brewing in Scotland. Entry is free, and for anyone with even a passing interest in brewing is an absolute must-visit.
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!