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Ignoring April showers and the occasional hail storm, the warm weather is beginning to arrive. Which means the food and drink festival season is upon us.
One of the first to break cover is FestivALE which returns to Edinburgh’s Summerhall over the weekend of Thursday 11 to Saturday 13 May.
As well as excellent beers, visitors can look forward to street food, music and DJs.
Brauhaus Edinburgh and Cork & Cask will be knocking up their You Brexit, You Bought It bar.
We are told that ‘rather than being a monument to broken promises and rapidly inflating prices’, you can expect a selection of renowned beers, lagers, trappist ales, wild fermented lambics, and other liquid delights from across Europe.
Beer and boffins
If you’re after something stronger, Cocktail Kitchen will be brewing home-made ginger beer and serving up a raft of rum, whisky, and gin cocktails.
St Andrews Brewing Company will also be rolling down some barrels of limited edition, exclusive ales.
Barney’s will be brewing Marshmallow Stout on special and their Red Rye Sour makes a welcome return.
Many faces from the Pitt Street Food Market will be putting in an appearance.
New for 2017 is ExperimentALE: a series of live science experiments which play with the senses, beer, and science.
Apparently, ExperimentALE is based on the research of Professor Charles Spence. Prof Spence specialises in investigating the ways in which sights, sounds and textures can affect the way we perceive taste.
Drink beer and get schooled. What’s not to like?
Full price tix are £7.
Firkin goes Naked
In other news, Gleann Mor, the people who produce Firkin oak aged gin have just launched a new Naked Gin.
Weighing in at a hefty 46%, it is a London dry style gin that uses ten different botanicals.
It is the base gin which is used to make the oak aged spirit.
Unlike the original Firkin expressions, it doesn’t spend any time in casks and should appeal to those who prefer the conventional juniper-driven taste of gin.
We can happily confirm that it is delicious with tonic, lots of ice and a slice of orange.
Tune in to the 5pm Dining blog next week for all the tastiest Scottish food and drink news.