Popular beer festival returns to Glasgow's west end this July

A hugely popular beer festival is returning to Glasgow's west end next month, bringing some of Scotland's top brewers to the city for beer fans to enjoy.

Published 25th Jun 2019
Updated 20 th Sep 2023

Running on the weekend of the 5th and 6th of July, the event is returning to Hillhead Sports Club in Hyndland for it's fifth year.

The organisers promise to deliver the best craft beer available in Scotland, from new and exciting breweries to old favorites and small independent 'cuckoo' producers.

Tickets cost £8 and can be purchased in advance but will also be available to buy on the door, this includes entry to one of the main sessions and your commemorative festival glass.

There will be three sessions for beer fans to chose from - Friday evening, family friendly Saturday afternoon (under 18s go free) and Saturday evening.

New additions to the WEBF line up this year include Overtone, one of Glasgow's newest breweries.

Glasgow West End Beer Festival

The festival is popular with a mixed crowd. Picture: WEBF

Still barely a year old they have quickly gained popularity for their steady stream of releases.

Organiser Conor McGeady said: "With no two beers ever the same Overtone have a sharp skill for the in vogue 'New England' style of hazy hop driven pale ale but their milk chocolate Stouts and fruit Gose sour has also taken the market by storm. They are sure to be a popular addition this year."

WEBF will also welcome from South of the border Pomona Island Brew Co. One of the newest Breweries to hit the thriving Manchester beer scene.

Over Works, brewing giant Brewdog's new mixed fermentation and barrel aging sour specialists, and Acid Brewing Cartel, a local cuckoo brewer, who at a young age has already gathered quite a significant following in the Glasgow craft beer scene, will also be appearing.

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Top regular vendors including Grunting Growler, Drygate, Alechemy, Dead End Brew Machine, Up Front, Out of Town and Gallus as well as a gin bar from local spirits company Garden Shed Drinks Co., will once again be gracing the festival.

Another big change to this year's event is the music. As well as DJ sets from WEBF resident Let's Get Eclectic - who spins everything from party hits, to disco and hip hop, there will be live music from both FarrowHawk and Alan Ned Gray.

Conor added: "We had good feedback about the music every year and this year we wanted to add to it. We have also collaborated with Overtone Brewing to brew this year's exciting festival beer."

Overtone brewer Dan Miller promised that the new creation will be the perfect summer brew, he said: "this will be what I call a lawnmower beer. The sort of beer that you can smash again and again in the summer sun whilst kicking it in the back yard."

The Glasgow-based beer specialist added that the beer will be an American wheat beer known as a Hopenweiss.

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He added: "Think traditional German wheat beer but with the addition of loads of New Zealand and American hops - then double dry hop it. To mix it up even more we've even added 100kg of fresh peach puree to the fermentation. It's going to be a cracker."

The festival  beer will be available to buy all weekend on draught at the WEBF bar.

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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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