Bonkers for beer? The Edinburgh Craft Beer Experience will be at the Assembly Roxy 15th – 17th November.
Taking over all three floors of the Assembly Roxy on Roxburgh Place, the event promises ‘the very best beers from Scotland, the UK and Europe’.
The Edinburgh Craft Beer Experience will run for five sessions over the three days with beers from over twenty breweries for visitors to taste. Some of the beers will be pouring for the first time in Scotland.
The Main Hall will feature thirteen craft breweries from Edinburgh’s doorstep and beyond.
Leith’s Pilot beers will be available and, just beyond the bypass, Dalkeith’s Cross Borders will be serving seasonal brews.
Looking past the Lothians, Ride Brewing will represent Glasgow.
Tempest and Six Degrees North are also bringing bars. Completing the line-up from Scotland will be Alchemy, Barney’s, Brewtoon, Fallen, Late Night Hype, Stewart Brewing and more.
Downstairs, in the venue’s atmospheric Snug Bar, the rest of Britain’s best breweries will be on show. From the North of England, Northern Monk and Magic Rock Brewery will be pouring.
The Kernel and Camden Town Brewery will represent London and the South. Tiny Rebel will represent Wales, with Boundary flying the flag for Northern Ireland. London based Cidersmith’s Cider will also be available.
The breweries will make their own mark on the space, bringing classic pub games for entertainment including a pub quiz during each session.
Edinburgh Craft Beer Experience: meet the brewer
Next door to the Snug Bar in the Basement Theatre, drinkers will be able to enjoy a full programme of beer-themed workshops and master classes.
As well as meet the brewer sessions, the event promises home brew master classes. Seating in these events is on a first-come-first-served basis and guests are encouraged to arrive early.
Upstairs in the Upper Theatre, Belgium and its distinctive Lambic style breweries will be represented by the country’s oldest Lambic brewery, Timmermans.
And it is not all about the beer.
Musselburgh-based Hickory Bars will be serving cocktails from its Botanical Garden Bar along with a drinks list showcasing the very best of Scottish craft spirits.
If the beer provokes a munchies attack, there will be a range of traditional and not so traditional Scottish fare in the Main Hall.
New era of beer
The Craft Beer Experience has been developed by one of the team that created the Craft Beer Revolution in previous years. The man behind the event, Richard Servranckx says:
‘Brewing has enjoyed a huge resurgence in recent years and it really has felt like a revolution, the dawning of a new era of beer. But we’re living in that craft era now. The revolution has done its job and it’s time to move on to the next stage, where we just get to drink the beer and enjoy the experience!’
As well as some of the best beers from around the globe, the stone halls of the Assembly Roxy will be filled with the musical styling of local DJs, Two Guys, aka Ross Tolley and Craig West.
Tickets include a specially designed schooner glass; a token towards your first beer; a full programme of events and brewers, as well as access to the demonstrations and master classes.
Tickets cost £8-£14 from craftbeerexperience.co.uk