Category Archives: Edinburgh Beer

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!

Edinburgh Beer Weekly 21/09 – 27/09

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 21st [to Sun 27th]
Stockbridge Tap beer festival
The Stockbridge Tap, 2-6 Raeburn Place
Stockbridge Tap Twitter Feed

We’re bang in the middle of the Stockbridge Tap annual autumn beer festival. Head down to the newly-crowned CAMRA Pub of the Year for Scotland and Northern Ireland for some cracking beers – be sure and check the Tap’s twitter feed for what casks and kegs are hitting the bar on each particular day.



Monday 21st [to 4th Oct]
Nicholson’s Rugby Ale Festival
The Haymarket Bar, 11-14a West Maitland St
Further Details

Also in beer festival news, the Nicholson’s autumn festival kicks off across their six Edinburgh pubs, tying in with the recently-started rugby world cup. With bespoke beers pouring over the next few weeks, head down to the Kenilworth, Mitre, Conan Doyle, Greyfriars Bobby’s, Deacon Brodies or the Haymarket Bar (or a combination thereof), to get with the festival spirit.



Saturday 26th 1pm-6pm
Great Grog’s Edinburgh Bottled Beer Festival
Café Camino, Little King Street
Further Information, tickets £10 (£8 conc)

Great Grog first opened their doors in 1999 – and their emphasis on beer has steadily increased over the years. Saturday sees the return of their hugely popular bottled beer festival, held in the hall of Café Camino – the relaxed lunchspace associated with St Mary’s Cathedral. Tickets are available in advance from Great Grog on Dalkeith Road, or on the day at the festival itself. Head along and try all kinds of beers from Scottish producers – a list which at time of going to press includes Tempest, Black Metal, Fyne Ales, Top Out, Alechemy, And Union (formerly Brewers and Union), Lerwick Brewery, Stewart Brewing, Brew Store and New Wave/Hanging Bat Brew Co.



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 02/08 – 09/09

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?



Sunday 2nd
The Cauld Reekie Trail
The Stockbridge Tap, 2-6 Raeburn Place / The Bow Bar, 80 West Bow / Cloisters Bar, 26 Brougham St
Stockbridge Tap Twitter feed / Bow Bar Twitter feed / Cloisters Twitter feed

The beery week begins when the pubs open today, as three of the city’s best have teamed up with the good people at Stewart Brewing to host an event with a difference; centred around one of Edinburgh’s most under-rated beers. The fantastic Cauld Reekie – Stewart’s 6.2% stout – has been unleashed a little early this year, in a multitude of forms. Each of the pubs has three specially brewed variants, and all nine are on the taps from today. And they are:- Raspberry, Lapsang Tea, Chilli (xtra hot!), Tiramisu, Black Forest, Peanut Butter, Mint Choc Chip, Kola Cube and a Kegged – Extra Cauld – version. With nothing better to do this cold August Sunday, why not wander between three fantastic locals and try some interesting flavours not normally experienced in a stout?



Wednesday 5th
Yeastie Boys UK Beer Launch
The Hanging Bat, 133 Lothian Rd
Yeastie Boys UK Twitter feed

So, quite obviously it’s not just the UK currently undergoing a craft beer renaissance – plenty of other global beer drinkers are now considering matching glassware for the first time, and wondering what beer to pair with their dinner each and every evening. One such rising star is New Zealand, home to some seriously fantastic beermakers (a genuine comment, not intended to be patronising). Trouble is, for those that want to, how to get their beer to export markets in great condition? Well, they could do what the Yeastie Boys are doing, and brew their beers here in the UK. This Wednesday, beers from that brewery will be pouring in earnest at the Hanging Bat, and members of the Yeastie Boys will be on-hand to talk about how and why they have taken this enormous – but welcome – decision.



Thursday 6th
Meet the Brewer – Six Degrees North
The Hanging Bat, 133 Lothian Rd
Six Degrees North Twitter feed / Further Info / Tickets here (£11)

You may as well bring a sleeping bag, as the next evening it’s back to the Bat for another event – this time, the Belgian Brewers of Scotland are in town for the return leg of a bar takeover. A while ago, the Bat crew headed up to Aberdeen and took over the excellent SixNorth bar in the city – and now, the favour is being returned. Expect a huge range of Belgian beer – both from the low countries and from Stonehaven – and for the £11 ticket price you get three beers and the amazing Carbonnade (stew in a bread bowl) – which I have tried at SixNorth in Aberdeen and can’t recommend enough. Rob and the team from the brewery will be in attendance to discuss how their brewery is getting on.



Friday 7th [to Sunday 9th]
Foodies Festival
Inverleith Park
Official website 3-day ticket £20, 1-day £13 (conc £16;£11)

Finally, on Friday (and continuing throughout the weekend) is the Foodies Festival in Inverleith Park. Aside from all the food and other related events, there’s a lot to be said for those heading over purely for the beer. Award-winning writer Melissa Cole will be hosting a tutored tasting each day – and a beer and food matching event – and there will be mobile beer trucks from Stewart Brewing and the debut al fresco appearance of Paul Gibson’s Campervan Brewery, following the official launch of his beers last week in Stockbridge. Let’s hope the sun co-operates!



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 29/06 – 05/07

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 29th 8:00pm
The Unsung Hero at Appellation
Appellation Wines, 43 Dalry Road
Appellation Wines website tickets £10

To begin the week, Appellation Wines Dalry branch are hosting a tasting devoted to the backbone of beer – malt. Sure, hops take all the glory – particularly with the modern ‘craft’ beers – but without those grains, you wouldn’t be drinking beer at all. Head along and discover how differing malt bills equate to different beers at the end of the process.



Thursday 2nd 7:00pm-late
Natural Selection Brewing launch Bitter Descent
Teviot Row House, Bristo Square
Further Details / Natural Selection Brewing’s Twitter Tickets £8/10 (see below)

This mid-week, it’s the return of an Edinburgh tradition. Each year, four students from the Heriot-Watt Brewing and Distilling course group together to design, create, launch and sell a beer of their own, which they brew at Stewart Brewing’s facility in Loanhead. This Wednesday, the fifth Natural Selection Brewing beer hits the bars, and the only place to get the American ESB is the Teviot Lounge/New Amphion at the University of Edinburgh’s Teviot Row House. Tickets are £8 in advance or £10 on the door. Entrance includes your first pint, a souvenir pint glass, access to three unique beers before anyone else in the UK – two of which are on for one-night only – and a full evening of entertainment. For the first time, Natural Selection’s beer will be pouring on cask, keg, bottle and can.



Thursday 2nd [to Sunday 5th]
Allendale Showcase
The Guildford Arms, 1 West Register St
Allendale Twitter feed

Starting this Thursday (and continuing all weekend) – the Guildford Arms will be featuring beers from one of Northumberland’s best breweries – Allendale Ales. On the bar, the distinctive pump clips of – Wagtail, Curlews Return, Pennine Pale and a new California Common Steam Beer. The beers will all be on at £2.50 a pint, so get there early.



Thursday 2nd [to Sunday 5th]
Cask vs Keg at Holyrood 9A
Holyrood 9A, Holyrood Rd
Holyrood 9A Twitter

Also to round off the week, the Holyrood 9A are hosting a rendition of the oldest vs. game in the business (well, of modern times, at least). Yes, it’s cask vs keg. Four beers will be on offer, each one being served in both formats and you’ll have the opportunity to decide which is the ultimate and best dispense method. Which will it be?



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 22/06 – 28/06

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 22nd [to Tuesday 30th]
IPA Challenge at the Bow Bar
The Bow Bar, 80 West Bow
Further details

Following on from last week, the Bow Bar’s IPA Challenge is still in full effect. Twenty-four India Pale Ales will be on offer until the middle of next week, on both cask and keg, to be sampled blind (i.e. with no pump clips, just abv-range). You’ll have a scorecard to tot up how you like them, and the Bow will count all the scores before revealing, truly, what is the favourite IPA of Edinburgh drinkers. Will Tempest win again? And who will finish last?



Monday 22nd 7:00pm
Meat the Brewer – Fallen Brew Co
Spit/Fire, 26B Dublin St
Further Information. Tickets £25 available here.

To start the seven beery days ahead, how about a suckling pig feast? Spit/Fire are unleashing the full power of their rotisserie and will be serving a banquet-style stuffed hog (or two) with numerous sides, all paired with beer. That will be supplied by Paul Fallen, and throughout the evening he’ll be talking through five of his beers and his overall brewing philosophy. One of the beers on offer will be brand new – Off the Rails, a gose brewed in collaboration with the Hanging Bat Brew Co. If great beer and roast suckling pig are your thing, tickets are still available.



Monday 22nd 8:00pm
The Unsung Hero 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 the backbone of beer – malt. Sure, hops take all the glory – particularly with the modern ‘craft’ beers – but without those grains, you wouldn’t be drinking beer at all. Head along and discover how differing malt bills equate to different beers at the end of the process.



Tuesday 23rd
Meet the Brewer – The Kernel
The Hanging Bat, 133 Lothian Rd
Tickets SOLD OUT (see below)

The latest in the series of Meet the Brewer events to take place at the Hanging Bat rolls around this week – and it features one of the UK’s greatest beermaking success stories. Evin O’Riordain from the Kernel Brewery will be in town, and will be bringing all kinds of treats with him for people to sample. The rise of the Kernel is a very good analogy for the increase in enthusiasm and interest in modern brewing – and although there aren’t any places left for the talk (the tickets sold out within two hours), the beers will be on for Bat customers, so head down and try the products of one of the stars of modern British brewing. Expect it to be busy!



Tuesday 23rd 7:00pm
Fyne Ales Dinner at Aizle
Aizle, 107 St Leonard’s St
Aizle website / Fyne Ales Twitter tickets £45 reservations@aizle.co.uk

There are only four spaces left (at time of going to print clicking publish) at a fantastic-sounding beer pairing event on Tuesday. Fyne Ales need no introduction; they are one of the best breweries in the UK. And Aizle is the List’s Newcomer Restaurant of the Year. Operating without a menu – merely a series of featured ingredients, it has already become a fixture on the Edinburgh scene. And this Tuesday both are combining on a five-course pairing menu, which features six Fyne Ales beers through the course of the evening. Tickets are £45, and are available by following the links above.



Wednesday 24th 8:00pm
The Kernel Pairing dinner at Blackfriars
Blackfriars, 57-61 Blackfriars St
Further Information. Tickets £45 available here.

This is very definitely the week for amazing beer and food pairing in Edinburgh. On Thursday, the talents of the Blackfriars team (and they have many) will be matched with another brewery that needs no introduction – London’s the Kernel. Evin will be up in Edinburgh and will be leading the pairing event whilst giving everyone a chance to catch up on what is new at the Kernel. The menu looks amazing – check the link above – and there are, amazingly, still tickets available.



Thursday 25th 6:00pm
Meet the Brewer – Carbon Smith
BrewDog Edinburgh, The Cowgate.
Further Information

On Thursday the Cowgate hosts a MTB involving one of Edinburgh’s smallest – but most effective – new breweries. Carbon Smith have upscaled from bedroom to an actual brewery, but they still produce some amazing small-batch beers with some hugely inventive recipes. If you’ve never tried any of their beers, BrewDog Edinburgh will be serving up six of them, as well as giving you the chance to chat to the Carbon Smith guys in person. Just look for the big dog.