New festival sees global craft beer stars descend on Scotland for the first time

Edinburgh beer fans are set for a treat as the capital gets set to host Scotland’s first global craft beer gathering.

Published 1st Feb 2017
Updated 9 th Aug 2023

Tickets to Scotland's newest craft beer event are on sale now as over thirty internationally renowned brewers get ready to jet in from around the world to take part this May.

The new festival will kick off on the May bank holiday weekend, Friday 26th May - Sunday 28th, at The Biscuit Factory in Leith.

Among the brewing icons attending are Lervig, Firestone Walker, Dugges, Beerlbiotek, Pohjala and Yeastie Boys.

For many of the international brewers involved, it will be first time they have touched down on Scottish soil, and their first chance to exhibit their beers to a festival audience of 3,000 people from around the country and beyond.

Completing the line-up, is an all-star selection of Scottish and English craft breweries, including Beavertown, Kernel, Thornbridge and Magic Rock from England, while Tempest, BrewDog, Pilot, and Fallen will be on hand to fly the flag for the host nation.

Picture: contributed

Picture: contributed

Up to 200 beers will be available to try including new-to-market brews, cult classics and festival specials.

Tickets are priced at £38.50 (plus booking fee) and includes entry to the festival, souvenir glass and unlimited 100ml tasters of beer.

A Scottish street food offering curated by popular Edinburgh night market – The Pitt – and headline DJ sets from big name artists will also feature.

Speaking of the launch announcement, Edinburgh Craft Beer Festival organiser Greg Wells said: "We are beyond excited to be counting down to the first Edinburgh Craft Beer Festival.

"Up until now, craft beer festivals in Scotland have focused on local or up-and-coming talent. What we're seeking to do at Edinburgh Craft Beer Festival is bring together the best of beer, full stop.

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"Our hand-picked line-up will see superstar craft brewers from Sweden, New Zealand, America, Norway and even England pour their beers in Scotland for the very first time. Needless to say, this is not a beer festival to miss."

• Tickets for Edinburgh Craft Beer Festival are available now:

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