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Edinburgh's craft beer festival relocates to Glasgow for summer event

What was the Edinburgh Craft Beer Festival will now be held in Glasgow this summer - here's everything you need to know.

Published: March 16, 2022
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Scotland’s biggest celebration of craft beer will have a new home, with 2022’s festival taking place in SWG3 in Glasgow from 8-9 July.

The Glasgow Craft Beer Festival, formerly the Edinburgh Craft Beer Festival, will celebrate great beer, good food and live music in the city’s West End, with fans encouraged to sign up for early bird ticket prices.

Festival goers can expect a range of breweries from household names to local businesses, plus newcomers and some of the world’s best breweries, all under one roof.

Turning the typical beer festival model on its head, tickets include all beer for the session, ensuring beer lovers can try everything from IPAs to sours, lagers to stouts.

The team behind the festival, We Are Beer, host events across London, Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol and will now make their mark in Glasgow, after relocating from Edinburgh.

Promising a line-up of headline music acts on the decks alongside local foodie collaborations that will showcase Glasgow’s varied culinary scene, this latest addition to the city’s buzzing festival calendar is sure to be a big hit.

The team recently announced that there would be DJ sets from Huey Morgan, and brewery appearances from Scottish mainstays including Vault City, Hidden Lane, Tempest and Moonwake, plus UK outfits Brew York, Full Circle and many more.

Amongst the music acts taking over the decks in SWG3 this July is Huey Morgan, sure to provide the biggest and best tunes to soundtrack a weekend of craft beer and street food. The DJ, radio presenter and former frontman of Fun Lovin’ Criminals will curate the perfect festival set, keeping the crowd entertained as they sample all the festival has to offer. 

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An exciting addition to 2022’s Glasgow Craft Beer Festival are pop-ups from some of Scotland’s most exciting chefs.

El Perro Negro, officially home to the best burger in the UK, will join a host of street food vendors at SWG3.

Winners of the UK National Burger Awards in 2019 and 2021, El Perro Negro will serve their dry-aged, grass-fed beef burgers or juicy tender chicken chicken sandwiches.

Representing the city, local Glasgow breweries include Finnieston’s Hidden Lane Brewery.

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The Glasgow contingent will showcase the very best they have to offer with their organic, sustainable and vegan beers.

From the east coast, fans can enjoy brews from Leith Shore’s Moonwake, sour specialists Vault City, and Newbarns while Fierce from Aberdeen will live up to their name with beers full of flavours.

One of Scotland’s most revered cult breweries, Tempest Brewing Co will be pouring at the festival alongside a cornerstone of Leith’s brewery scene, Pilot and one of the country’s youngest breweries Dundee’s own Holy Goat. 

Playing host to local brewers and newcomers from around the world, Glasgow Craft Beer Festival’s huge selection of beers will delight any beer fan.

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Breweries from as far afield as South Africa’s Devil’s Peak will join the offering.

Flying the flag for the UK are, amongst others, the community focused Hackney Brewery, as well as family owned Double-Barrelled who boast a variety of vegan beers and the playful Brew York.

Co-founder of We Are Beer, Greg Wells said, “We’re delighted to announce a new home for our Scottish event and couldn’t be more excited to bring our celebration and exploration of craft beer to Glasgow this July.

"The craft beer scene in the city is bubbling over with talent, variety and quality and we can’t wait to showcase some of it at our new home in SWG3.

"The event encourages exploration and learning so whether you’re a seasoned festival-goer or brand new to craft beer, we’ve got something to whet your appetite at Glasgow Craft Beer Festival.”

Meryl Gilbert, head of commercial events and partnerships at SWG3, added: “We’re excited to be welcoming the Glasgow Craft Beer Festival to SWG3 this July.

"As a venue we’re very passionate about great beer, good food and music which the festival will have in abundance. We look forward to hosting what is set to be an amazing weekend.”

Sign up for early bird ticket prices and line-up news at the Glasgow Craft Beer Festival website.

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 as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.

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