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Edinburgh Beer Weekly 25/01 – 31/01

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?


Monday 25th
Wild Beer Co. Meet the Brewer
Spit/Fire, 26B Dublin St / The Hanging Bat, 133 Lothian Rd
Further Information / Tickets available here (£15)

The week kicks off with something that is becoming a January tradition – a chance to hear from the founders of Wild Beer Co (and drink their beers). Unlike in previous years, the event has been split in two with an early installment at Spit/Fire (6:15pm) and a later one at the Hanging Bat (8:30pm). Each event will see five different beers on offer, with the chance to wander up from the New Town in between, where at the Hanging Bat you’ll find a full board of Wild Beer Co’s amazing beers – check the link above for the beers on offer. Amazingly, there are still tickets left for both events!



Monday 25th 8:00pm
Burns Night at Appellation
Appellation Wines, 43 Dalry Road
Appellation Wines website tickets £10

As you probably know, the 25th is Burns Night, and also to begin the week, Appellation Wines Dalry branch are hosting their own celebration of the birthday of the bard. On offer – three Scottish beers and three Scottish malt whiskys – which will go best with each? Head along to Dalry and find out. Extra top-ups for any recitals of the great man’s poems.



Tuesday 26th [to February 7th]
Bow Bar Winter Beer Festival
The Bow Bar, 80 West Bow
Full Beer List

The next evening, one of the standout calendar events on the Edinburgh beer scene begins – the Bow Bar Winter Beer Festival. Mike and the team always assemble an unmissable selection of beers for their festivals, and this one will be no different, with treats appearing on the tall fonts from breweries around the UK, as well as further afield. Keep an eye on the Twitter feed for what’s on, when. Or just turn up. Either will work.



Wednesday 27th
Summer Wine Tap Takeover
The Stockbridge Tap, 2-6 Raeburn Place
Stockbridge Tap Twitter Feed / Summer Wine Twitter Feed

Midweek sees another can’t-miss event, as Yorkshire’s finest, Summer Wine Brew Co arrive in town with seven cask and two kegs beers, pouring from the current Scottish Pub of the Year, the Stockbridge Tap. If that’s isn’t enough to get you out on a Wednesday night, the beers on offer will be Resistance, Valencia, Stateside, Wingman, Teleporter, Oregon, Redwood, Mokko (and on Keg) Suckerpunch and Pacer. Get there early, and say hi to the guys from one of the best breweries in the country.



Thursday 28th 8:00pm
Dubbels, Tripels and Quads at Appellation CB
Appellation Wines, Comely Bank Road
Appellation Wines website tickets £10

This week sees a second tasting hosted by Appellation Wines, and fittingly it revolves around Dubbles (and also their higher-gravity cousins). Belgian beer is a fascinating world, but can be hard to get into – so the Comely Bank team are ready and waiting with tangy Tripels and malt-forward Quads to get your tastebuds around, and to answer your Belgian brewing queries!



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!

Edinburgh Beer Weekly 30/11 – 06/12

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?


Tuesday 1st
Meet the Brewer – Thornbridge [7:30pm]
The Hanging Bat, 133 Lothian Rd
Further Information / Tickets £25 Available here

The first day of advent reveals something pretty special behind the first small cardboard window – an entire beer board of Thornbridge beers, at the Hanging Bat. Their latest Meet the Brewer will see the Derbyshire producers heading up to Edinburgh with a huge range of amazing beer, including Hallowed Ground – an 8.5% Imperial Blackberry Porter brewed at Thornbridge Hall by the Hanging Bat team for their third birthday. Amazingly, there are still tickets available – so check the link above for the beer list, and the second link for tickets!



Thursday 3rd
Meet the Brewer – Stewart Brewing [7:00pm]
The Blue Blazer, 2 Spittal St
More Information

Later in the week, another set of brewers will be pitching up at a nearby pub – the Blue Blazer on Spittal Street. The team from Stewart Brewing will be unveiling some of their new branding and serving up a range of their latest beers, including the Hop Series’ Black IPA, Cascadian East and Radical Road, plus seasonals Saison des Pluies and Cauld Reekie – and bottles of their fantastic new barrel aged Elysium will also be available!



Saturday 5th 1:00pm-4:00pm
Appellation Wines Christmas Tasting
St Stephen’s Church, Stockbridge
Appellation Wines website tickets £20

Rounding off the week, on Saturday Dalry/Comely Bank’s finest are hosting their fifth annual portfolio ‘super-tasting’, the afternoon will showcase plenty of the grape-based products – but also a lot of beer. Several Scottish brewers will be in attendance, showing their bottled ranges – including Campervan, Top Out and Colonsay. What better way to spend a dark December afternoon, and pick out your Christmas drinks…



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!

Edinburgh Beer Weekly 16/11 – 22/11

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?


Tuesday 17th 6:30pm
Beer and Chocolate Pairing
Stewart Brewing, Dryden Industrial Estate, Loanhead
Further Information Tickets £20 Available HERE.

First up, if you head out to Stewart Brewing on Tuesday you’ll be able to partake in a tasting of some very special beer-related goodies. Loanhead’s finest have got together with Leith’s Thinking Chocolates to produce festive chocolates, plus a tasting event that matches five of their wares with five Stewart Brewing beers. The ticket also includes a chance to taste this year’s brew of Coconut Porter, and a tour of the Stewart Brewing facility.



Thursday 19th 6:30pm
Loch Ness Brewery Takeover
The Bow Bar, 80 West Bow
Loch Ness Twitter Feed / Facebook event page

On Thursday, the Bow Bar is the place to be for a tap takeover and meet the brewer event with a slight difference. A stone’s throw from Urquhart Castle is the Benleva Hotel, and the home of the Loch Ness Brewery. Since starting out in 2011 they have grown quickly and now gained a thriving export market – and now they have decided it’s time for a brand that really fits. So on Thursday at the Bow – eight cask, six keg beers alongside giveaways and discussion from the Loch Ness team, plus a chance to witness the unveiling of their new logo and branding!



Thursday 19th 7:30pm
Bring the Magic at Spit/Fire
Spit/Fire, 26B Dublin St
Further Information. Tickets £30 available here.

There’s a choice for MTB events on Thursday, as a short hop from the Bow on Dublin Street you’ll be able to find Richard Burhouse of the fantastic Magic Rock. He’ll be hosting an evening’s tasting event where six beers will be of offer, paired with a three-course BBQ feast (full details above). During the evening Richard will talk about how Magic Rock have gone from their beginnings to becoming a household name amongst UK beer fans – and will also officially launch their new canned beers into Scotland at the same time. It should be a great night!



Thursday 19th 8:00pm
Stouts and Porters at Appellation CB
Appellation Wines, Comely Bank Road
Appellation Wines website tickets £10

Also on Thursday – the perfect beers for this time of year, this week’s Appellation tasting takes place at their Comely Bank branch and revolves around stouts and porters. With flavours of chocolate, liquorice and all manner of dark fruit, they really are a fantastic choice for the cold weather.



Friday 20th
The Hanging Bat’s Third Birthday
The Hanging Bat, 133 Lothian Rd
Further Information and Beer List

Finally, to round off the week in style, there’s a very special birthday party taking place. The Hanging Bat have reached the toddling age of 3 and to celebrate they are loading their usually-groaning beer board with even more special beer than usual (which is saying something). There’s no specific birthday beer this year – that is an extremely tempting Imperial Blackberry Porter brewed with Thornbridge that will be served at their next MTB event at the start of December. But the Friday beer list includes such house favourites as two year old Buxton/HB Berry Saki Bastard, Burning Sky Vatted Porter, Fyne Ales Jarl and many more from breweries such as Siren, Pilot, Wild Beer Co and the Kernel. Check the link above for the full beer list – and to everyonr at the Bat – many happy returns!



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!

Edinburgh Beer Weekly 09/11 – 15/11

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?


Monday 9th [to Sunday 15th]
Guildford Arms Winter Beer Festival
The Guildford Arms, 1 West Register St
Full Beer List

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.



Monday 9th 8:00pm
Auld Reekie at Appellation
Appellation Wines, 43 Dalry Road
Appellation Wines website tickets £10

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.



Thursday 12th 8:30pm
BrewDog Edinburgh and the Filmhouse present: Craft
The Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Road
Further details and tickets (Ticket priced at £15)

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.



Thursday 12th 7:00pm
Launch of the Southern’s homebrew competition winner
The Southern, 22 South Clerk St
Further Info

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!

Edinburgh Beer Weekly 02/11 – 08/11

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?



Tuesday 3rd
Night of Good Beer at the Bow
The Bow Bar, 80 West Bow
Bow Bar Twitter Feed

The beery week begins on Tuesday, where the Bow Bar are hosting another of their semi-regular ‘Good Beer Nights’. No fuss, no frills, just beers from the following breweries:- Usher & Co, Stone Brewing Co, Brewdog, Brussels Beer Project, Tiny Rebel, Nomads Brewing, Cromarty, Anarchy Brew Co, Northern Monk, Windswept and will also feature Fruit Cup, the new collaboration between Camden and Beavertown brewed with juniper berries, cubeb peppers, cucumbers, orange zest, orange puree, mint and strawberries…



Wednesday 4th 5:00pm
Valve Brewing Co Launch
The Stockbridge Tap, 2-6 Raeburn Place
Valve Brewing Co Twitter Feed

On Wednesday, the latest of Edinburgh’s new breweries breaks cover for the first time. Valve Brewing Co are based in the south-east of the city, and will be launching with two cask and one keg beer – with one of the casks brewed with hops grown inside the city limits. A true Edinburgh beer! Pouring from 5pm, head down to the Tap and catch up with the newest beermaker from this increasingly brewery-filled city.



Thursday 5th 7:00pm
Battle of the Bars
The Southern, 22 South Clerk St
The Southern Bar Twitter

The next evening sees the second brew-off between Edinburgh’s Fuller Thomson bars – as the Red Squirrel go up against OX184. Both serve beer, but do they know how to make it? The teams from each have made beer at Stewart Brewing’s Craft Beer Kitchen – and you get to decide who’s is better. Who will gain all-important bragging rights? You decide!



Thursday 5th 8:00pm
Ambers, Reds and Bitters at Appellation
Appellation Wines, Comely Bank Road
Appellation Wines website tickets £10

The same night, Appellation Wines’ weekly tasting takes place at the Comely Bank branch – and it revolves around the middle ground of not-quite-blonde and not-too-dark ales. Ambers, Red Ales and Bitters are classic British styles, and they bring a huge range of unexpected complexity to the party. Head along to Appellation on Thursday night and find out exactly how much…



Friday 6th [to Saturday 7th]
Summerhall’s Winter FestivALE
1 Summerhall
Further information / Barney’s Beer on Twitter Tickets £8

The latest Summerhall beer festival takes place this coming weekend; the arts venue that encompasses Barney’s Brewery and Pickering’s Gin has a mix of indoor and outdoor drinking areas, and alongside staples from the home producers, beers will be on offer from local producers such as Hanging Bat Brew Co, Ushers, Luckie Ales and Carbon Smith. Food and live music will also be available. Sessions over the weekend start on Friday 6pm-12am, with Saturday divided into two sessions; 12:30pm-6:30pm and again 7:30pm-12am. The £8 entry includes £4 of beer tokens.



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!

Edinburgh Beer Weekly 19/10 – 25/10

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?



Wednesday 21st
Back to the Future Night at the Bow Bar
The Bow Bar, 80 West Bow
Further details

Wednesday is Back to the Future Day – the date that Marty and Doc ended up at in Back to the Future II. To celebrate, the Bow is playing all three Back to the Future films in a row from 4:29pm (the exact moment their DeLorean arrived in the future). Now that the future is here, enjoy the films with a dozen brand new beers from Cromarty, Alechemy, Pilot and others, and from 10:30pm a real DeLorean will be parked outside. But will it go anywhere? All proceeds from the evening will be donated to Parkinson’s Research charities.



Thursday 22nd [to Sunday 25th]
Born in the Borders Brewery Showcase
The Guildford Arms, 1 West Register St
Born in the Borders website

Starting this Thursday (and continuing all weekend) – the Guildford Arms will be featuring beers from the (relatively) newly re-branded Born in the Borders Brewery. The Scottish Borders brewery (as was) will have the following beers on the bar. Expect the beers to fly out, particularly as they are being served at £2.50 a pint. On the bar – Foxy Blonde, Game Bird, Holy Cow, Dark Horse. Head down to the Guildford to try them out, but don’t be surprised if they don’t last long!



Thursday 22nd 8:00pm
Meet the Brewer – Colonsay
Appellation Wines, Comely Bank Road
Colonsay Brewery Twitter / Appellation Wines website tickets £10

Also on Thursday, Appellation’s weekly event takes the form of a fascinating Meet the Brewer at their Comely Bank branch. Keith Johnston from Colonsay Brewery will be in store, leading a tasting of their beers, which have been relaunched recently with a new look. Colony are purportedly the island with the smallest population in the world with their own brewery – and the challenges of making beer somewhere so unique will surely be on the agenda.



Thursday 22nd 7:00pm
Battle of the Bars
The Southern, 22 South Clerk St
The Southern Bar Twitter

Still on Thursday, bragging rights are up for grabs between two of the city’s Fuller Thomson bars – as the Holyrood 9A go up against the Southern Bar. Both serve beer, but do they know how to make it? The teams from each have made beer at Stewart Brewing’s Craft Beer Kitchen – and you get to decide who’s is better. This is just the beginning, as the other bars have also made beers – so total bragging rights are assured in the near future!



Sunday 25th
Beer 52 Live at VDeep
Vintage, 60 Henderson St
Further Information / V Deep Twitter

Finally, to round the week off, beer subscription service and producers of Ferment magazine, Beer52, are hosting a live event at Leith’s VDeep. From noon, you can head along and try the team’s curry tapas matched with beers selected by the Beer52 team; before later in the evening (at 6pm) a special sit-down pairing event, for which tickets are still available. Check the link above for further details!



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!