Real Ale Events


In this section we will bring to your attention events such as pub-based mini real ale festivals. Events organised directly by the branch are listed in the Branch Diary section, and cater for members. If you are not currently a member but are thinking of joining have a look at that section to see what you might be missing. All venues are in Edinburgh unless otherwise noted.

The events that will be listed below are not necessarily organised or endorsed by CAMRA, though, naturally, we will only list here events in outlets that have a good track record with real ale.

See also the Events Calendar.

Upcoming Events


Titanic Tap Takeover
15 - 24 July
Standing Order, George St.

Strathaven tap takeover
7-9pm, 26 July
Blacksmiths Forge, Dalkeith

Bow Bar Summer Beer Festival
17-31 July
Bow Bar, West Bow

Tempest Tap Takeover event
20th July
Monty’s, Morrison St.

Campervan cask Oyster Stout launch and Meet the Brewer
6pm, 20 July
Hanging Bat, Lothian Rd.

Stewart Brewing Tap Takeover and Meet the Brewer
20-26 July
Canons' Gait, Canongate
Tap takeover 5-7pm, 21st July

Stewart Brewing Meet the Maker events
26 July: Royal MacGregor, Hight St, between 6-8pm (incl tap takeover)
9 August: The Booking Office, Waverley Bridge, between 4-6pm.
10 August: The White Lady, St. Johns Rd, between 5-7pm.
11 August: Caley Picture House, Lothian Rd, between 5-7pm.
17 August: Alexander Graham Bell, George St, between 5-7pm.
18 August: Standing Order, George St, between 5-7pm.
7 September: Blacksmith Forge, Dalkeith, between 5-7pm.

Hybrid Brewing Meet the Brewer
26th July
The Other Place, Canonmills

Fallen Tap Takeover
27-31 July
Hanover Tap, Hanover St.
Also Meet the Brewer on 27th.

Steel Coulson Official Opening
5pm, 28th July
Steel Coulson Tap, Henderson St, Leith
A new real ale and craft beer pub (formerly The Flying Dog Bistro).

Windsor tap takeovers: Ferry, Cross Borders, Loch Lomond and Tryst
1st - 29th August
The Windsor, Elm Row
Each week a brewery (not necessarily in the above order) will have 4 of their beers on - score the beers and help to crown the champion.

Hopcraft and Waen showcase and meet the brewer
5 August
Cloisters, Brougham Pl.
Beers on from 12pm. Nine cask beers included.

Hops in the Garden Music & Ale Festival
2-11pm, 19th August
The Walled Garden, Archerfield
Beer from Knops Brewery.

The Border Beer ’n’ Birl festival
26th August
Town Hall, Jedburgh
Cask (and keg) beer from several local breweries. Details TBC.

Jolly Judge Real Cider Festival
6-12 September
Jolly Judge, Lawnmarket

Stewart OktoBEERfest
6-10pm, 15th September (over 18+)
12-8pm, 16th September (all ages)
Stewart Brewing, Loanhead
Tickets £11-£16 from Stewart’s website (see link)

Tempest Oktoberfest
30th September
Tempest Brewing Co, Tweedbank

17th Nether Abbey Beer Festival
3rd to 5th November
Nether Abbey Hotel, North Berwick
40 real ales from around the UK. Commences 12 noon each day.

Staggs Remembrance Day Beer Festival
12:30pm, 12 November
Staggs, N. High St, Musselburgh

Further Afield


6th Ardrossan Real Ale Festival
20th - 22nd July
Ardrossan Academicals Rugby Clubhouse, Sorbie Road, Ardrossan
Up to 14 Real Ales and Cider available

Berwick Beer Festival 2017
1st-3rd September
The Barracks, Berwick-on-Tweed
Starting time 6pm on Friday 1st, starts 12 noon other days. Several “meet the brewer” opportunities on Friday.

Ayrshire Beer Festival
5-7th October
Troon Concert Hall, Troon.