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Edinburgh Craft Beer Festival returns for 2019 with foodie focus


Edinburgh Craft Beer Festival returns to the city this May, from Friday 24 – Saturday 25 May, with a special foodie focus. It’s all happening at The Biscuit Factory.

This year’s festival will also play host to performers DJ Yoda, Belle & Sebastian, Hip Hop Karaoke and Gentelman’s Dub Club among the confirmed acts ready to keep crowds entertained all weekend. 

New breweries from around the world will be showcasing their products, including Fierce from Scotland, To Øl from Denmark, Canada’s Collective Arts and Stone & Wood from Australia, as well as major names in the brewing world that, say the organisers We Are Beer, have never before poured in Scotland. 

Collective Arts Asia and Europe Manager James Goulding, commented, “We’re super excited to come and pour our beers in Edinburgh for the first time. We’re all about creativity, art, music and culture fusing with craft beer. Coming to Edinburgh Craft Beer Festival, an event and city famous for all those things, is an awesome opportunity for us.”

Marking a first for the Edinburgh Craft Beer Festival, this year the festival organisers will create a special brew in collaboration with Pilot, to be launched ahead of the event.

At just 3.5% ABV, it’s a low-alcohol pale brew, and commenting on the collaboration, Pilot Brewery Director, Matt Johnson, said, “We Are Beer events are hands-down the best beer festivals to be a part of. As a small brewery, it’s really humbling to be in the company of such a high calibre line-up and the atmosphere is always buzzing. 

“The opportunity to make the festival beer was one we couldn’t turn down. We wanted the beer to be easy going and ‘sessionable’. Although we’ve played around with herbs in our beers, we’ve never used mint before so this was the perfect opportunity to give it a go, and we think it will pair perfectly with the watermelon and citric zing of hibiscus. It’s a semi-sour because we’re going for a nice, refreshing tartness whilst keeping the acidity in check to make sure it’s approachable and moreish.”

This year will also see the return of the Raise the Bar competition, which seeks to find new up-and-coming brewers and shine a light on creativity and innovation in the brewing industry.

Winners will once again have the opportunity to showcase their products at the Edinburgh Craft Beer Festival as well as the London and Bristol festivals, and new Birmingham event, Beer Central.

Greg Wells, Co-Founder, Edinburgh Craft Beer Festival, said, “We can’t wait to return to Scotland with our third Edinburgh Craft Beer Festival, which promises to be bigger and better than ever, with a stellar line-up of music acts and some of the top brewers from around the globe. This year we’re really upping our game in terms of the food offer, bringing along some of Edinburgh’s leading restaurants who will be serving up tempting treats to go with our huge range of craft beers”

This year the festival has partnered up with Chef Stuart Ralston from Aizle, and there’ll also be chefs from Harajuku Kitchen.

Purchase your ticket now at edinburghcraftbeerfestival.co.uk/tickets

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