What to expect at this year’s Summerhall Beer FestivALE
Local brewers, distillers and producers gather at Edinburgh’s biggest arts venue for another year
Ever since the former Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies was transformed into Summerhall – Edinburgh’s innovative, creative hub – it has been churning out an impressively diverse programme of events. Amongst the yoga classes, cinema screenings and Ceilidh clubs, it can be tricky to keep up with all of their goings-on, but Summerhall’s Beer FestivALE3 is a date to mark in the diary.
Back for its fourth year, the festival has added a third element, hence FestivALE3 (cubed), what a clever bunch of creatives. Alongside the usual beer and spirit elements, they have added a new street food offering, bringing tasty treats from Rost, Fresh Revolution, Jones & Son BBQ, Shrimpwreck and Sweet. Nom, nom, nom. And, with an extended day sesh on the Saturday, visitors can fill their boots from as early as noon.
As in previous years, Summerhall’s own Barney’s Beer will be dishing out some brilliant brews, and Williams Bros Brewing and Thistly Cross Cider will also continue to make an appearance. First timers include Stirlingshire’s Fallen Brewing Company and six°north.
Beer boycotters, don’t be turned off by the name, this festival is as much about spirits as it is beer. With Pickering’s Gin also nestled into Summerhall’s quarters, there will be plenty of their glorious G&T’s kicking about, as well as other interesting and original tipples from The Rum Surgery and Cocktails & Drams.
Take the opportunity to learn more about the wonders of Summerhall with their brewery and distillery tours and pick the brewers brains at their ‘meet the brewer’ sessions. Or, just sit back, listen to the sweet sounds of Jim Harborne and celebrate some local, Scottish fayre.
Summerhall, Edinburgh, 20 May, 5.30pm–12.30am, 21 May, noon–5pm/6pm–midnight, £5.