Grassmarket Craft Beer Festival: Date, tickets and what beers are on offer - including Cold Town, Barney’s and Moonwake Beer Co

A new craft beer festival is coming to the capital this spring.

Published 23rd Apr 2024
Updated 23 rd Apr 2024

Edinburgh microbrewery, bar and restaurant Cold Town House will host the inaugural Grassmarket Craft Beer Festival on 11 May. 

Kicking off at 12pm, the event will be a celebration of craft beer, local food and live musical entertainment.

Attendees can sample a selection of craft brews from renowned Scottish breweries. 

Among the participants are Cold Town Beer, Barney’s Beer, Campervan Brewery, Moonwake Beer Co, 71 Brewing, Dookit Brewing Co, Holy Goat Brewing, Newbarns, Stewart Brewing, and Two Towns Down Brewing.

Grassmarket Craft Beer Festival

Chris Queen, Organiser of Grassmarket Craft Beer Festival, said: "The Grassmarket Craft Beer Festival represents a celebration of Scottish brewing excellence, where attendees can immerse themselves in the rich variety of flavours and craftsmanship that define our industry. 

“Cold Town House looks forward to welcoming beer aficionados and newcomers alike to what promises to be an unforgettable event."

Hayley Ransom, a Head Brewer at Cold Town Beer added: “It's great to be invited to participate in the festival. We really respect the other breweries who are showcasing and we’re delighted to be featured amongst them. 

“Craft beer brewing in Scotland is world leading in terms of flavour, technique and ingredients so this festival will be a real treat for everyone.”

In addition to the beer offerings, attendees can explore a range of street food on offer throughout Cold Town House’s three floors, which has been selected and curated to complement the flavours of the beers.

Tickets cost £10 which includes two tokens for half pints of choice from any brewery at the festival and can be booked online.

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The festival news comes at a time when Cold Town House have unveiled new look can designs.

This brand refresh is across its range of flagship and experimental craft beers to make the cans bigger and bolder following consumer demand.

The fresh identity aims to tell drinkers the story of the brand, with the new design features the brand name origins from Carlton or 'Cauld Toon' in Edinburgh where the first lager in Britain was brewed in 1835.

The microbrewery has also introduced an increased can size from 330ml to 440ml, offering more value for money.

Louise MacLean, Business Development for Cold Town Beer said: “Our new look embodies Cold Town Beer's unwavering dedication to craft, innovation, and community. We’ve been speaking to beer fans across the country and they want to know more about who is brewing the beer and what the actual beer is like and no gimmicks.

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“We now have larger cans and a revamped product range which gives us lots of scope to push the boundaries of flavour through innovation and collaborations with groundbreakers in the industry. Our new visually unified look puts our story and personality at the forefront. This isn't just a makeover; it's a bold declaration of who we are and what we stand for.”

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Cold Town House, Grassmarket, Edinburgh, UK
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Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
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