North Hop made its welcome return to Glasgow this weekend and we went down to take a look...

Friday and Saturday saw the return of popular street food and craft drinks festival, North Hop, to Glasgow’s SWG3.

With vendors such as Brewgooder, Sreet Food Putter, Stacy Hannah Chocolates, Out of Town Brewing and Thistly Cross Cider, there was something for everyone in the lively venue.

With hay bales for seats, excellent live music and a fun photobooth, the summer festival vibe was evident…even if the sun wasn’t.

The Beer Garden

North Hop Glasgow

Picture: The Beer Garden, supplied

This was were festival-goers could meet for a drink from Out of Town Brewing, Brewgooder and Tempest with food from Reekie’s Smokehouse BBQ and Babu Bombay Street Kitchen.

Those looking for some grooming products could also pick up supplies from Bangin’ Beards.

North Hop Glasgow

Picture: the Beer Garden, supplied

Cocktail Lounge

North Hop Glasgow

Picture: North Hop Cocktail Lounge, supplied

This smaller seated area was next to Ten Dollar Shake, and ideal for groups looking to enjoy a drink or two before heading into the adjoining main area where live music, more tables with hay bale seating and the rest of the stalls could be found.

Main Hall

North Hop Glasgow

Picture: North Hop Glasgow, supplied

This was where the main action was all night, and home to the majority of the stalls such as Street Food Putter, Wild Fig, Makar Gin, the Fizz Bar, Loch Fyne Oysters, St Andres Brewing Co, Eyeballing Brewing, Stacy Hannah Chocolates, Auchentoshan whisky (whose cocktails were not only brilliant but included a take-home tin mug), Persie Distillery and Jindea.

North Hop Glasgow

Picture: North Hop Glasgow, supplied

The all-new Dog Days Gin (fruity and spicy, with a tang of juniper and orange) was made by Perthshire-based Persie Distillery, and another summertime sensation came from St Andrews Brewing Co.

Their Festival Brew was a Bramble Saison, made using local brambles from around the town of St Andrews.

North Hop Glasgow

Picture: St Andrews Brewing Co at North Hop, supplied

The Festival Cider for this year was made by favourites, Thistly Cross Cider. The Dunbar-based brewery’s Farmhouse Cider was a huge hit at previous North Hops and was back by popular demand.

North Hop favourite, The Hop Sessions, included Aelder (also from Dunbar), as well as St Andrews Brewing Co, Out of Town Brewing and The Glasgow Distillery Co.

North Hop Glasgow

Picture: North Hop Glasgow, supplied

These tasters sessions were free-to-attend at each festival session but spaces were limited. There was a number of new beers from the breweries at the festival with something to suit everyone.

North Hop Glasgow

Picture: The Fizz Bar, supplied

Eyeball Brewing, a microbrewery from Cockenzie in East Lothian, was showcasing a new beer, Eyeball Orange, a 6.5% dark orange lager which offered a different perspective on the coffee and chocolate flavours of the dark malts.

The growth in the Scottish gin market was reflected in a raft of new gins – Jindea Single Estate Tea Gin is a new line from Aberdeen’s 10 Dollar Shake – and The Glasgow Distillery Co served up a selection of different editions of Makar Glasgow gin.

With such a good selection of interesting food and drinks available to try, buy and enjoy on the nights, North Hop was the place to be for foodies this weekend, and is set to return to Aviemore in November.

North Hop Glasgow

Picture: North Hop Glasgow, supplied

 

 

About The Author

Rosalind Erskine

Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind writes for The Scotsman on all things food and drink related.

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