ALDI reveals list of 35 craft beers that will feature in its 16th Scottish Beer Festival

With growing demand for Scottish drinks, ALDI has announced the line-up for its 16th Scottish Beer Festival, which will showcase 35 exceptional craft beers from seven popular breweries across Scotland.

Published 11th Oct 2018
Updated 9 th Aug 2023

Kicking off from the 11th October, the festival will see featured breweries from across the country enjoy a share of the £115,000 deal.

Starting at only £1.49 for a 330ml bottle, the festival aims to "celebrate the incredible range of beers and lagers brewed across Scotland".

Wheat beers, ales, lagers, bitters, porters and stouts will be featured from Windswept Brewing in Lossiemouth, Six Degrees North in Laurencekirk, Stewart Brewing in Edinburgh, Cairngorm Brewing Company in Aviemore, WEST Brewery in Glasgow, Swannay Brewery in Orkney, and The Isle of Skye Brewing Company.

Taking place in all 82 ALDI stores across Scotland, ALDI’s quarterly Scottish Beer Festival has been running since 2012, and to date has generated sales of more than £2 million for the country’s craft brewers.

The supermarket say that a number of the beers featured will be available exclusively at ALDI.

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They added that with such a wide range of styles and flavours to choose from, the supermarket chain has created an expert guide to help customers pair their favourite brew with some of the supermarket’s finest locally sourced produce.

Available in-store, the tasting booklet pairs everything from lagers, light ales and wheat beers, which should be enjoyed with mild curries, seafood and fruity desserts, to porters and stouts, which go best with beef, strong cheeses, and chocolate desserts.

Graham Nicolson, group buying director, Aldi Scotland said: “We wanted to mix things up a bit for the 16th Scottish Beer Festival, which is why we’ve selected seven trailblazing breweries from across the length and breadth of Scotland to showcase five of their best craft beers.

“The craft beer industry in Scotland has gone from strength to strength over the past decade, and there are now over 120 breweries in Scotland. The beauty of the in-store Scottish Beer Festival is that it gives shoppers the chance to discover something new at ALDI everyday low prices.

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"We’re incredibly proud of the strong partnerships we’ve built with local breweries in Scotland, and I hope that our customers will appreciate the wide range of styles on offer as part of the festival.”

To celebrate the launch of the 16th Scottish Beer Festival, ALDI has teamed up with Windswept Brewing to give shoppers the chance to win an overnight stay at Stotfield Hotel in Lossiemouth, a tour and tasting session at Windswept Brewery plus a fantastic outdoor activity of the winner’s choice. For full details of how to enter, visit the Scottish Beer Festival in-store from Thursday 11 October.

Full list of breweries and products featured in ALDI’s 16th Annual Scottish Beer Festival:

Windswept Brewing, Lossiemouth

Blonde Pale Ale, £1.49 (330ml, 4.09% ABV)
Aurora Light Ale, £1.49 (330ml, 3.8% ABV) (exclusive to ALDI)
APA, £1.69 (330ml, 5% ABV) (exclusive to ALDI)
Clavie Smoked Porter, £1.69 (330ml, 5.5% ABV) (exclusive to ALDI)
Weizen Cloudy Wheat Beer, £1.69 (330ml, 5.2% ABV)

Six Degrees North, Laurencekirk

­­­Peloton Pilsner, £1.49 (330ml, 4.1% ABV)
Chopper Stout, £1.49 (330ml, 4.1% ABV)
Wanderlust Wheat, £1.69 (330ml, 4.6% ABV)
Hopocrisy Belgian Pale Ale, £1.69 (330ml, 4.6% ABV)
Brevet Saison, £1.99 (330ml, 6.0% ABV)

Stewart Brewing, Edinburgh

They’re Coming To Get Rhu Barbra, £1.49 (330ml, 4.5% ABV) (exclusive to ALDI)
Session IPA, £1.49 (330ml, 3.7% ABV) (exclusive to ALDI)
Stewart’s Lager, £1.49 (330ml, 4.0% ABV) (exclusive to ALDI)
First World Problems IPA, £1.99 (330ml, 6.2% ABV)
Cauld Reekie Stout, £1.99 (330ml, 6.2% ABV)

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Cairngorm Brewing Company, Aviemore

Nessie’s Monster Mash, £1.69 (500ml, 4.1% ABV)
Stag Bitter, £1.69 (500ml, 4.1% ABV)
Cairngorm Gold, £1.69 (500ml, 4.5% ABV)
Black Gold Ale, £1.69 (500ml, 4.4% ABV)
White Lady, £1.99 (500ml, 4.7%) (exclusive to ALDI)

WEST Brewery, Glasgow

GPA, £1.49 (330ml, 5.2% ABV) (exclusive to ALDI)
G40 Golden Ale, £1.49 (330ml, 4.2% ABV) (exclusive to ALDI)
Munich Red Lager, £1.69 (330ml, 4.9% ABV)
Heidi-Weisse, £1.69 (330ml, 5.2% ABV)
Wild West Lager, £1.69 (330ml, 4.9% ABV) (exclusive to ALDI)

Swannay Brewery, Orkney

Sneaky Wee Orkney Stout, £1.69 (500ml, 4.2% ABV)
Scapa Special Pale Ale, £1.69 (500ml, 4.4% ABV)
Dark Munro Ale, £1.69 (500ml, 4.0% ABV)
Orkney IPA, £1.99 (500ml, 4.8% ABV)
Orkney Blast Ale, £1.99 (500ml, 6.0% ABV)

The Isle of Skye Brewing Company, Isle of Sky (all exclusive to ALDI)

Skye Craft Lager, £1.49 (330ml, 4.2% ABV)
Skye light, £1.49 (330ml, 3.8% ABV)
Skye IPA, £1.69 (330ml, 5.0% ABV)
Skye Young Pretender, £1.69 (500ml, 3.8% ABV)
Skye Cuillin Beast, £1.99 (330ml, 7.0% ABV)

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Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.
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