Back for another year, Lidl's Isle of Ale Scottish Craft Beer Festival line-up features 20 beers from 14 breweries across the country, including a new sustainable bean beer.

Brewed in Edinburgh, Barney’s Cool Beans IPA bean beer is made using broad or faba beans to create a gluten-free, vegan drink.

Developed in partnership with The Hutton Institute and Abertay University, Cool Beans IPA is part of a drive to increase sustainability in food and drink production.

Lidl’s Isle of Ale Festival, which starts on 1 August, will also include first-time listings for the likes of Banchory-based brewery Arcane, as well as beer brewed exclusively for the retailer – Fierce Brewery’s Blackcurrant Tart Sour Ale.

Popular Scottish beer brands including BrewDog, Stewart Brewing, Loch Lomond Brewing, Williams Bros and Harviestoun will also join the line-up, which will be available across Scottish stores while stocks last.

Lidl bean beer

Picture: Lidl

With a range of styles from dark chocolate stouts to citrus lagers and fruit sours, prices start at just £1.29 – ideal for bargain hunting beer fans.

Paul McQuade, Head of Buying in Scotland said: “Our latest Isle of Ale festival is a showcase of the craft and creativity of the Scottish brewing scene.

“With an exciting line-up of brewers from Aberdeenshire to the Borders, the collection offers top quality Scottish craft beers at great quality prices.

“At Lidl, we strive to bring the best produce to market and the Isle of Ale festival is no exception.”

The full beer collection at this year’s Isle of Ale Festival

Lidl bean beer

Picture: Lidl


Bombini Honey Beer, Six Degrees North

Ola Dubh 12, Harviestoun Brewery

Blackcurrant Tart, Fierce Beer

Wee Jock, Broughton Ales


Altstadt from Black Isle Brewing Co

The Light of The Soul from Arcane Brewing Co

Schiehallion from Harviestoun Brewery


Silkie Stout from Loch Lomond Brewey

March of the Penguins from William Bros Brewing Co.


Education in the New Age, Arcane Brewing Co

Instamatic, BrewDog

Mandarina Sky, 71 Brewing

First World Problems, Stewart Brewing

Great White, Loch Lomond Brewery

Big Volcano, Barney’s

Cool Beans, Barney’s

Pale Ale

Small Giant, Stewart Brewing

Mandarina Summit, Fallen Brewing

Wheat Beer

Two to Mango, 71 Brewing

Herr Keith, Keith Brewery Ltd


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