North Hop Tour Diary - March 2016

Michelle Russell, who founded North Hop in Inverness in 2014, tells us about the upcoming tour and highlights some of the breweries and beers to look out for.

Published 2nd Mar 2016
Updated 31 st Oct 2023

Michelle says: "It’s not long to go ‘til our first North Hop 2016 tour date and the excitement is mounting. We’re kicking-off this year’s festival at the Edinburgh Assembly Rooms on Saturday 5th March and it’s gearing up to be a belter.

"North Hop 2016 will bring together the best of craft beer, cider, spirits, street food & music and as ever we’ll be showcasing some of Scotland’s top indy breweries."

Here’s the lowdown on some of the exciting and exclusive brews on the lineup:

Up Front Brewing - Zombier

The inimitable Jake from Glasgow’s Drygate debuts his first solo side-project. The Zombier is a cult favourite amongst home brewers, and this ‘ultra porter’ gets a much-anticipated festival outing.

Drygate - Outaspace Barrel Aged Apple Ale

Drygate’s legendarily refreshing Outaspace Apple Ale has been given a flavour-packed barrel-aged makeover for North Hop.

Barney's Beer - Bastard Amber

Named after the stage lighting gel ‘Bastard Amber’, Edinburgh’s own Barney’s Beer gives a nod to the rock star life with this brand new 5.26.5% abv amber ale.

Stewart Brewing - Moscow Mule Saison

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Stewart’s head brewer Bruce Smith has brought a measure of cocktail culture to this Saison-style beer. Inspired by the classic vodka cocktail, the zesty hop-forward beer will be infused with ginger and lime, available exclusively at North Hop as the Festival Brew.

Tempest Brewing Co. - Long White Cloud

Tweedbank-based Tempest bring their cult-worthy Long White Cloud pale ale. Inspired by New Zealand, it’s a hoppy, tropical delight.

Festival-goers can also look forward to sampling surprises from other top breweries such as Nairn-based Wooha and Alloa’s Williams Bros.

After Edinburgh, it’s a hop back up north to the granite city for the weekend of 30th April & 1st May, before hitting Glasgow’s SWG3 over the weekend of 18th & 19th June.

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• For full details and tickets for the full North Hop 2016 tour programme, check out

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