Two beer enthusiasts from Leith have turned their love for quality, independent brews into a fully-fledged festival with the launch of their first ‘Craft Beer Revolution Festival’ at Assembly Roxy in Edinburgh later this month.
Friends Richard Servranckx and Dan Quille have spent the last six months organising the three-day festival, which runs from 24-26 November.
The event will showcase craft beers from 13 breweries across Scotland, the UK and Europe, including Edinburgh-based breweries Pilot and Top Out, Glasgow’s Up Front Brewing, Panda Frog Project from Newcastle, London-based Howling Hops and Parisis from Paris.
Over 60 different beers will available in the festival’s Beer Hall and visitors will have the chance to meet the brewers in person to discover more about their new favourites.
The festival’s founders have also teamed up with Edinburgh-based microbrewery Ushers to concoct a special Craft Beer Revolution beer – a slightly spicy double red rye IPA. Festival-goers can vote for their favourite beer to win the ‘Craft Beer Revolution Beer of the Year’ award.
Co-founder, Dan Quille, said, “I recently visited America and was blown away by how popular craft beer was there. Here in Edinburgh it’s still the norm to go into a bar and order a pint of one of the big brands, so we decided to put our love of micro-brewed beer to good use and organise a festival that will introduce people to the amazing range of craft beers that are produced here on our doorstep and support the craft beer industry.”
Alongside craft beer, the festival will also feature Arbikie gin and vodka, and wines from Vino, as well as a number of street food stalls including Edinburgh’s Scoff and The Buffalo Truck and Glasgow’s Babu Bombay Street Kitchen.
Tickets cost £10 and include a Craft Beer Revolution branded glass to drink from at the festival and take home, plus a £2 beer/food voucher, tastings and master classes from the breweries involved.
Co-founder, Richard Servranckx, added, “We’ve been working hard over the last six months and can’t wait to share it with our visitors. We are thrilled to be working with all the breweries taking part and honoured to support Brewgooder as our charity partner and support their #DrinkBeerGiveWater campaign that provides clean water to over one million people.”