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August 29, 2019

If the idea of drinking great beer while supporting charity appeals then you should make tracks for Glasgow's Drygate this weekend.

The charitable beer festival, Beer Makes Glasgow, is returning to the East End brewery for another year. Main pic is from Drygate Facebook.

Promising more than 50 beers from at least ten breweries along with music and food from Drygate's Beer Hall Kitchen, the event will donate all ticket proceeds to Drumchapel Food Bank.

There will be three sessions: Friday 30th August 5.30pm-11.30pm; Saturday 31st August 12pm-5pm and Saturday 31st August 6pm-midnight.

On Friday evening Let's Get Eclectic will be laying down the disco, funk, soul, pop, new-wave, dance, party classics and future classics.

For Saturday's daytime session Ruder Than Rude will be smacking you round the lugs with ska, rocksteady and some tougher than tough boss reggae.

Come the evening, Krash Slaughta will be blending new and classic hip hop, funk, soul, reggae, beat, Latin, breaks, and sourced oddities from around the globe.

Among the breweries/bottle shops attending are Up Front Brewing; Dead End Brew Machine; 71 Brewing; Overtone Brewing Co; Gallus Brewing and Grunting Growler.

Tix here.

Kirky's Mother of Japanese Whisky

Another event to consider is the Spirit of Alba Gin & Whisky Festival which takes place in Kirkintilloch on Saturday 31st August.

Way back in the early 20th century, the town was where local lass Rita Cowan met the Japanese chemist Masataka Taketsuru.

Taketsuru was in Scotland to study the whisky making process. He fell in love with both Scotch and Rita.

He married Rita and then returned to Japan with his new wife and a head bursting with bright ideas about whisky production.

He started a company which became the Japanese distilling giant Nikka.

Without Taketsuru, Japan's whisky industry would look very different today and Rita - sometimes called the Mother of Japanese Whisky - played a large part in his success.

The BBC goes into the story in much more depth here.

The Spirit of Alba Festival in Kirkintilloch town hall marks one hundred years since Rita and Taketsuru first met.

Tickets here.