The Alternative Scottish Beer Festival
Love flat beer, sandals with socks on and bad pipe bands? No neither do we! That’s why the Alternative Scottish Beer Festival is the place to be!
On Thursday the 16th June we will be launching the first Beer Festival to be held in our new Edinburgh Bar, at 143 Cowgate, EH11JS.
Brewdog Edinburgh has been a real hit since its opening in March, and following an awesome 3 day festival in Aberdeen last week we expect The Alternative Beer Festival to go off with a bang!
No Cask Ale
No Morris Dancers or Bag Pipes
The central theme of the event is a rotating selection of sometimes never before seen BrewDog Beers on our guest taps. If you love good beer, then settle yourself down on one of our comfy couches, grab a burger from the BBQ and get ready to have your taste buds delighted!
We will be kicking things off every-day with a selection of seasonal brews, and sometimes never before seen beers you’re your drinking pleasure!
The first of our twice daily beer tastings, we will supply the whole bar with a taster beer and match it with one of our awesome pizza selections! We here at Brewdog think that beer and food pairings can take craft beer to a whole new level and were gonna show you how! One of our awesome Brewbar scamps will talk you through what the beer is, talk you through its malt character or that crazy hoppy zing you will be experiencing.
we also have games!
You thought our first beer tasting was great, well our second of the day is going to blow you away! We love hops, and we mean we REALLY love hops!! So much so we have had our mad scientist/engineer dude slaving away in a laboratory for the last few weeks developing our hopinator to allow us to literally soak the beer though fresh hops directly before it hits your glass! After the demise of our Hopinator mk1 in a very public soaking of our Head of Bars Bruce in Aberdeen, Hopinator Mk2 we hope is going to hop you like you’ve never been hopped before!!
We will be pairing all this great beer with some equally great music. Live music will be played in the bar everyday on the below times, and will be paired (a la Martin Dickie, at our soon to be legendary AGM) with some great beers on our guest taps.
Love beer? Love cocktails? Well we will be experimenting with some old favorites with a crazy Brewdog/Beery twist. From Tokyo Punch to Virgin Nanny in a State there will be something that will appeal to your pallet!
We here at Brewdog are dedicated to Craft Beer/Food pairings and we will be stretching this to a new level with our Beer Festival BBQ. We will have beer infused meats, chutneys and sides for your munching pleasure!
If you thought all the above was great then check this out!
Amazingly Rare, Stupendously Awesome Beers Everyday, Twice a Day.
Every day we will be introducing two very rarely seen beers onto our guest taps which will be on for that day only. This is an opportunity to be introduced to beers that you will perhaps never again see on tap! We get some awesome beers coming into the bars, and these are the best and the rarest. Do Not Miss It!!
Thursday 7pm and 9pm
Saturday 8pm and 10pm
See you there scamps!
Anyone make it to our Aberdeen Beer Festival last weekend? This is a new concept for us and as ever, we would love to hear your feedback below if you visited our Aberdeen festival.
- Had an absolute blast last night - delighted I missed out on the CAMRA event to attend.
The Hopinator. Greatest. Invention. Ever. Please make it a permanent fixture in the Edinburgh pub.Leith Dave18.06.2011
- Now having a punk IPA through the hopinator (chinook). Fantastic...Nessa reckons it's nearer original Punk...
- Having a Trashy Blonde on cask at the SRAF. Excellent - not getting into the cask/keg thing, just a great beer. See you round the corner... GJDunbar16.06.2011
- Well at the end of the day I just want a really good pint, I love your beers and have had a few good days in your bar, I can also be found doing the catering at the CAMRA event round the corner this week. Pop in for a great bit of tucker. I will be the one with the ADIDAS Sambas on.
All the best guysDavid Cree15.06.2011
- You'll have to give a bit more notice about these days, it'd be good to come but need more than a few days. Also, nothing wrong with having a cask or two. 5am and hardcore seem good on keg but I've always enjoyed cask punk more than keg - no idea why David Hope15.06.2011
- Never mind morris dancing there is an Oompah band on at SRAF this year, maybe they are starting to open up to popular culture and avoid the dullness. Bigger venue would be the next step up. :) LJC15.06.2011
- Got to agree with Carmen here. A lot of BD shareholders (myself included) and fans are getting a bit turned off by some of the recent PR stunts. BrewDog IS the best brewery in the UK. The beer continues to be great (loved Bitch Please), the bars are great and when the new brewery is built & running it will really show the the doubters and non-believers. I don't need to say anymore, just read Carmen's post. ronno14.06.2011
- I must admit that the CAMRA festivals are a little boring, if I wasnt a beer geek I would be very disapointed with the lack of atmosphere & relevent entertainment. I mean if Camra want to get more people into beer then these events need a huge overhaul.
Good luck BD in their efforts, Something needs to change to stop beer becoming like dinasoursTinyRebelBrewCo14.06.2011
- @Carmen. Spot on - couldn't have said it better myself. I think this beer fest, frankly sounds a lot better than most. It sounds like it has ENERGY, that is usually lacking in your sandals & socks beer fests. I cringe at the sandals & socks crowd more than Brewdog. But you're right, Brewdog's beer is so good, and its image, logo etc so cool it speaks for itself. People will notice. People are noticing. People will happily ally themselves with great beer that is cool and understated- the image only enhances the beer. Great beer that oozes 'arrogance & mouth' only detracts from beer.
Fellas - keep up the good work.... make sure your exuberance remains! Don't become cocks though.French Socks & Sandals14.06.2011
- going to the real ale festival, then the dogs dinner back in glasgow all in the same day and getting paid to do it!
if get the time will try pop my head in to the bar in edinburgh for the alternative festival aswell. cant wait for glasgow bar to open up!
- Point taken guys.I maybe overplayed the difference between the SRAF and us when the blog should have just focussed on what we are doing.
We are also attending the Camra GBBF. We will all be friends in the end :)
- @James - sorry, over-reacted a bit. The festival does look awesome. Just wish you guys wouldn't keep bashing cask ale and camra festivals - come on, not all of them are "dull, bland and boring" (the beers and the members). Stuart14.06.2011
I don't think Stuart is calling the organising of a festival pretentious. Hence the 'pretentious gits' comment. In fact, a festival is a good thing. Good for you.
Personally, I like your beer but cringe sometimes at the public persona of Brewdog. The cocky and/or dismissive pronouncements really are unwarranted.
If your beer is good, believe in it. But don't say how good it is yourself. That's just spin and drivel. Be different, be original, but when it comes to the beer, let the word of mouth do the talking.Carmen14.06.2011
Good luck with the Morris Dancer. Fail to see how organising a awesome festival is pretentious.
Whenever anyone tries to do something new or different a small percentage of people are always not going to like it. That's cool though.James, BrewDog14.06.2011
- I love Brewdog and you've done a lot for good beer, but you guys need to have your collective head surgically removed from your own arse. The likes of Orkney, Inveralmond and Harviestoun have produced better beers than any of the Brewdogs (and yours ARE great).
I'd take my chances with a Morris dancer (shiver) over the pretentious gits you're fast becoming.Stuart14.06.2011
- @LC we pride ourselves in showcasing the best craft beers from all over the planet in our bars.
You can find Three Floyds, Mikkeller, Alesmith, Stone, Struise, Kernel to name just a few. These beers are truly sensational and we go to great lengths to source them so they people who visit our bars can sample the best in craft brewing.
You can also buy them on our website here http://www.brewdog.com/shop/guest-beer
So rather than being dismissive, we are actively promoting world class craft brewers.James, BrewDog14.06.2011
- "It's ironic that you state how unpretentious you are on your packaging whilst preceding to be as pretentious as can be."
Do you think that they might be trying to be "ironic"?Cheers14.06.2011
- Without being snarky, I do think you guys are getting awfully big-for-your-boots and dismissive of your competitors.
I have to say, I really like your brand but you guys are increasingly turning into massive hipster-douchebag wankers. It's ironic that you state how unpretentious you are on your packaging whilst preceding to be as pretentious as can be.LC14.06.2011
- "we also have games"
It's like a mid-nineties Firkin student pub nightmareCheers14.06.2011