A beer festival which donates its profits to charity is returning to Glasgow this weekend with a new venue

A Glasgow beer festival which was formed from the ashes of a similar event and donates its profits to charity, is set to return to the city this weekend with a new venue.

Published 21st Aug 2018
Updated 8 th Aug 2023

Beer Makes Glasgow was launched in August last year in a bid to help the city's beer fans after the collapse of the Great Scottish Beer Celebration in the wake of Hippo Beers Ltd going into liquidation.

After a successful event last year, and following the recent fire at the Glasgow Art School, it's now moved to a new venue with popular brewery and events space Drygate, in the east end of the city playing host.

Beer Makes Glasgow

The brainchild of the brewers and people involved in the Glasgow beer scene, who decided to take it upon themselves to attempt to rebrand and save the doomed Great Scottish Beer Celebration, the event provided a way to ensure the many tickets already sold to the public didn't go to waste.

Eventually going ahead on the 25th and 26th of August last year at the Glasgow School of Art, it was decided that the new event should have charity at the heart of its offering with all ticket profits donated to the Drumchapel foodbank and all the previously sold tickets for the original event remaining valid.

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Thanks to the generosity of the organisers and the popularity of the revamped event nearly £2000 was raised for the foodbank.

This year, the organisers say it will be even bigger and better, and, once again, they'll be raising funds to support Drumchapel Food Bank, with all money generated from ticket sales donated directly to Scotland’s only independently operated food bank.

Split over three sessions - Friday 24 (6pm until midnight), Saturday 25 (12pm – 5pm), and Saturday 25 (6pm until midnight) - and a free bonus "Kick the
Keg" session on the Sunday, the festival will feature some of the country's top breweries as well as food and live entertainment.

Beginning this Friday (24 August) with a night of funk, soul, techno, hip hop and house from Glasgow’s own DJ Pasty and the food bank's very own volunteer coordinator, Kid Robotik of Togo Fam and Subfriction Records, this will then be followed by a chillout session on the Saturday afternoon soundtracked by the folk-tinged pop songs of John Rush.

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Saturday evening will round out the final session of Beer Makes Glasgow 2018 with ska and reggae specialists Ruder Than Rude.

Breweries attending the event will include Glasgow's own Drygate Brewing Co, Up Front Brewing, Gallus Brewing, Merchant City Brewery and Dead End Brew Machine, joined by breweries from around Scotland such as Fallen, Fyne Ales and Cross Borders Brewing.

While Manchester's Shindigger and London's Gypsy Hill will also be making their way north for the festival.

Joe Dick from renowned importer James Clay will be offering up a selection of classic Belgian Lambics from Boon Brewery, Timmermans and 3 Fonteinen alongside a range of delicious sours from around the globe. alongside a range of delicious sours from around the globe.

• Tickets cost just £5 and include a free pint glass, with all profits going to the Drumchapel Food Bank.

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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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