Scottish Real Ale Festival 2017 Preview

Tomorrow at around this time the doors open at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange to the 2017 iteration of the Scottish Real Ale Festival, the annual CAMRA gathering in the west of the city with dozens of beers on offer. In putting this post together I realised this one is the tenth anniversary of the first one I went to, back in 2007 at the Assembly Rooms on George Street. It’s fair to say both the beer scene and my writing have moved on aplenty since then. Anyhow, this time around there will be beers from a mighty 60 different Scottish breweries.

From established playmakers such as Fyne Ales, Tempest, Caledonian and Swannay to relative newcomers like Redcastle, Hawk Hill, Two Thirsty Men and Hybrid Brewing, the beers run the vast range of styles from bitters and golden ales to altbiers, tea saisons and the inescapable New England IPAs. Check out the full beer list below, kindly sent through by the festival organisers, and reproduced online for the first time (the beer styles have been added by me as a guide, they are not intended to be totally exact, brewers of Scotland!).

The Scottish Real Ale Festival is being held at the Corn Exchange, New Market Road, Edinburgh from Thursday 6th July to Saturday 8th July. Opening hours are 12pm-10:30pm each day. Entry is £4 for CAMRA members, £6 for non-members, but keep hold of the glass given out and you can get free re-admission over the other days. As this is a preview, breweries and beers submitted may change – visit the SRAF Twitter Feed to keep up with any amendments.

ALECHEMY Livingston
Charisma (3.7%) Pale Ale
Helsinki Collaboration (4.0%) NK
Ten Storey Malt Bomb (4.5%) 80/-

AN TEALLACH Camasnagaul, Garve
An Teallach Ale (4.2%) 80/-
Golden Nessie (5.0%) India Pale Ale

ANDREWS Annan
Wee Willy Wonky (4.2%) Best Bitter
Into the Darkness (4.3%) Stout

ARRAN Brodick
Arran Dark (4.3%) Mild
Brewery Dug (5.5%) India Pale Ale

AYR Ayr
Complicated Maisie (4.3%) Pale Ale
Rabbie’s Porter (4.3%) Porter
Betty & The Gardens – B Side (5.2%) Golden Ale

BEATH Cowdenbeath
AreYouWithMe (4.0%) Bitter
SlowlySlippinUnder (4.5%) Lager.

BELHAVEN Dunbar
Black (4.2%) Stout
Herok & Howells Tantallon Sunrise (5.0%) India Pale Ale

BLACK ISLE Munlochy
Goldfinch (3.5%) Session IPA (Gluten-Free)
Hibernator (7.0%) Oatmeal Stout

BLACK METAL Loanhead
Yggdrasil (6.6%) Pale Ale
Blood Revenge (6.6%) Rye Stout
Gates of Valhalla (7.9%) Oatmeal Pale Ale

BON SCOTT / KIRRIE ALES Kirriemuir
Thrums Best (4.5%) Best Bitter
Big Mouth Stout (4.5%) Oatmeal Stout

BORN IN THE BORDERS Jedburgh
Foxy Blonde (3.8%) Golden Ale
Holy Cow (4.2%) Best Bitter

BROUGHTON Broughton
Hopopotamus (3.8%) Pale Ale
Merlin’s Ale (4.2%) Pale Ale
Exciseman’s 80/- (4.6%) 80/-
Elder Power (4.7%) Elderflower Pale Ale
Jeddart Justice (4.7%) Brown Ale
Old Jock Ale (6.7%) Scotch Ale

CAIRNGORM / LOCH NESS Aviemore
Black Gold (4.4%) Stout
Cairngorm Gold (4.5%) Blonde Ale
Hoppy Ness (5.0%) Pale Ale
Wildcat (5.1%) Premium Bitter

CALEDONIAN Edinburgh
Deuchar’s IPA (3.8%) Golden Ale
Edinburgh Castle (4.1%) 80/-
Kick Off (4.1%) Bitter
XPA (4.3%) Golden Ale
Lion’s Share (4.4%) Golden Ale

CAMPBELL’S Peebles
Gunner Blonde (4.5%) Golden Ale

CAMPERVAN Edinburgh
Leith Juice (4.7%) Citrus IPA
Wandering No. 1, (4.0%) Espresso Porter

CROMARTY Davidston, Cromarty
Hit the Lip (3.8%) Session Pale Ale
Happy Chappy (4.1%) Golden Ale
Brewed Awakening (4.7%) Coffee Stout
Red Rocker (5.0%) Red Rye Ale
Rogue Wave (5.7%) Extra Pale Ale

CROSS BORDERS Dalkeith
Pale (3.8%) Pale Ale
Heavy (4.1%) 80/-
Porter (4.2%) Porter
Summer (5.0%) Honeysuckle and Rose Saison

DEESIDE Banchory
APA (3.8%) American Pale Ale
80/- (4.5%) 80/-
Stout (5.0%) Stout

EDINBREW Livingston
Little Monster (3.7%) Golden IPA
85/- (4.6%) 80/-

FALLEN Kippen
Just the Ticket (4.0%) Pale Ale
New World Odyssey (4.1%) Pale Ale
Blackhouse (5.0%) Smoked Porter
Chew Chew (6.0%) Salted Caramel Stout

FERRY South Queensferry
40/- Fine (4.2%) 80/-
Ferry Crossing (4.5%) Golden Ale
Thomas Miller (5.5%) Porter

FINTRY Fintry
Meikle Bin (4.1%) 70/-
Dunmore Pale Ale (4.2%) Pale Ale

FIVE KINGDOMS Isle of Whithorn
Criminale (3.8%) Bitter
Dark Storm (6.9%) Stout

FYNE ALES Cairndow
Jarl (3.8%) Pale Ale
Vital Spark (4.4%) Best Bitter
Avalanche (4.5%) Golden Ale
Sublime Stout (6.8%) Stout

HARVIESTOUN Alva
Summer Legend (3.5%) Golden Ale
Schiehallion (4.8%) Lager

HAWK HILL Dundee
Lady Marmalade (4.0%) Pale Ale
Red Falcon (4.5%) Amber Ale

HYBRID Grangemouth
Hind Sight (3.9%) Session IPA
Apex (4.1%) Extra Pale Ale
Jar Nektar (5.7%) Saison

INNER BAY Inverkeithing
Amber (4.0%) Amber Ale
Citrine (4.8%) Golden Ale

INNIS & GUNN INVERALMOND Perth
Lia Fail (4.7%) Premium Bitter
Thai PA (5.2%) Pale Ale

ISLE OF SKYE Uig
Young Pretender (4.0%) Bitter
Cuillin Beast (7.0%) Old Ale

JOHN O’ GROATS John O’ Groats
Swelkie (4.0%) Golden Ale

KEITH Keith
Frank (4.0%) Raspberry Golden Ale
Herr Keith (4.5%) Wheat Beer

KELBURN Barrhead
Sunriser (3.4%) Golden Ale
Pivo Estivo (3.9%) Golden Ale
Jaguar (4.5%) Pale Ale
Dark Moor (4.5%) Old Ale

KINGDOM Rosyth
Peely Wally (4.8%) Pale Ale
Laird of Fife Heavy (4.9%) 80/-

KNOPS Dirleton, East Lothian
Musselburgh Broke (4.5%) 80/-
India Pale Ale (5.0%) India Pale Ale

LAW BREWING COMPANY Dundee
All-Nighter (4.5%) Golden ale
Weekender (5.0%) Pilsner

LAWMAN Cumbernauld
Pixel Bandit (4.0%) Pale Ale
Onyx (4.8%) Stout
Horizon APA (5.2%) Pale Ale
Weatherall IPA (6.4%) India Pale Ale

LERWICK Lerwick
Voar (4.7%) Amber Ale
Azure (4.8%) India Pale Ale
Tushkar (5.5%) Oatmeal Stout

LOCH LOMOND Alexandria
Southern Summit (4.0%) Golden Ale
Loch, Stock & Barrel (4.0%) Session IPA
Bonnie n’ Clyde (4.6%) Amber Ale
Silkie Stout (5.0%) Stout
Grizzly Bear (5.2%) NK
Kessog (5.2%) Brown Ale

LOLA ROSE Wanlockhead
1531 Red Ale (4.4%) Red Ale

LUCKIE ALES Leven
Extra Pale Ale (3.8%) Pale Ale
Eighty Shilling (4.9%) 80/-

NATURAL SELECTION Loanhead
Common Ancestor (5.2%) California Common

OLD WORTHY Broughton
Mr Lyan Lager (4.7%) Lager
Leither’s Cure for Scurvy (5.5%) Whisky Amber Ale

ORKNEY Quoyloo
Dragonhead Stout (4.0%) Stout
Red MacGregor (4.0%) Red Ale
(Atlas) Golden Amber (4.5%) Amber Ale
Skull Splitter (8.5%) Barley Wine

REDCASTLE Arbroath
Nobleman (4.2%) India Pale Ale
Golden Ale TBC (4.2%) Golden Ale
Tower IPA (4.8%) India Pale Ale

SPEY VALLEY Keith
Sunshine on Keith (3.5%) Golden Ale
David’s not so Bitter (4.4%) Best Bitter
Spey Stout (5.4%) Stout
Spey’s Hardware (6.4%) New England IPA

SPEYSIDE CRAFT BREWERY Forres
Bow Fiddle Blonde (3.8%) Golden Ale
Dava Way EPA (4.0%) Elderflower Pale Ale
Tropical Forres (4.9%) New England IPA

ST ANDREWS St Andrews
Fife Gold (4.2%) Golden Ale
Crail Ale (4.5%) Pale Ale

STEWART BREWING Loanhead
Ginger & Mint Saison (3.4%) Saison
Jack Back (3.7%) Session Pale Ale
No HAT V2 (3.7%) Tea-Infused Saison
Belgian Pale (5.2%) Pale Ale
Black IPA (6.2%) Black IPA

STRATHAVEN Strathaven
Craigmill Gold (3.7%) Golden Ale
Drookit Rabbit (4.0%) Golden Ale
Ebony (4.4%) Oatmeal Stout

STRATHBRAAN Dunkeld
Due South (3.8%) Pale Ale
Head East (4.2%) Best Bitter

SULWATH Castle Douglas
Cuil Hill (3.6%) Session Pale Ale
Tri-Ball Tribute (3.9%) Session Pale Ale
Black Galloway (4.4%) Porter

SWANNAY by Evie, Orkney
Running Beer (3.8%) Session Pale Ale
Dark Munro (4.0%) Dark Mild
Scapa Special (4.2%) Best Bitter
Orkney IPA (4.8%) India Pale Ale
Old Norway (9.0%) Barley Wine

TEMPEST Tweedbank
Short White Cloud (3.6%) Session Pale Ale
Armadillo (3.8%) Session IPA

TOP OUT Loanhead
Drei Hopped Rye Pale Ale (2.8%) Session Pale Ale
Mandarina Bavaria Pale Ale (3.6%) Pale Ale
Alt Bier (4.5%) Altbier
Staple (5.0%) Pale Ale
South Face (5.9%) Red IPA
The Cone (6.8%) India Pale Ale

TRAQUAIR HOUSE Innerleithen
Stuart Ale (4.5%) Best Bitter

TRYST Larbert
Peach Pale Ale (3.9%) Pale Ale with Peaches
Double Chocolate Porter (4.4%) Porter
Raj IPA (5.5%) India Pale Ale

TWO THIRSTY MEN Grantown on Spey
Spey IPA (3.5%) Session IPA
No. 74 (4.5%) Amber Ale

WINDSWEPT Lossiemouth
APA (5.0%) American Pale Ale
Weizen (5.2%) Hefeweizen
Tornado (6.7%) India Pale Ale

WOOHA Nairn
Wee IPA (4.1%) Session IPA
Porter (5.0%) Porter

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