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


Top Out Brewery tap takeover and Meet the Brewer
5pm, 18th May
Jolly Judge, Lawnmarket
including the launch of two new beers.

Ferry Brewery Tap Takeover
18th to 24th May
The Canons' Gait, Canongate
Including Meet the Brewer on Sat 20th May from 1pm to 3pm.

Beer Tasting at the Bridges Pub
7:30pm, 20 May
St. Cecilia's Hall, Niddry Street
St Cecilia's Hall was previously home to the Bridges Pub. This event will pay homage to the history of the building. Sample a range of local beers, with tasting tips from Alechemy Brewery, while Celtic Horizons accompanies your libations with a collection of rowdy drinking songs. Tickets £10 (see link).

Bow Bar's 30th Birthday celebrations
24th May - 22nd June (30 days)
Bow Bar, West Bow
Includes Beer and Whisky pairing, Bear Claw Tap Takeover/Meet the Brewer (8th June), return of all previous IPA and Dark Beer Challenge winners and runners up (30th May) and more.

Monty's Tap Takeover events
May 25: Fyne Ales
June 22: Alechemy
July 20: Tempest
Monty’s, Morrison St.

Broughton Meet the Brewer
8pm, 2 June
Dalriada, Promenade, Joppa

5th Currie Beer and Curry Festival
9 and 10 June
Currie Community Centre
, Lanark Rd
Opens 6pm on the 9th and 4pm on the 10th. CAMRA member discount is available for on-line ticket sales - please see branch email to members for discount code.

Second Birthday Beer and Music celebration
10 June
Plough Inn, Leitholm
4 ales on handpump instead of the usual 2

Summer Beer Festival
17 and 18 June
Allanton Inn, Allanton

Speyside Brewery tap takeover
22 June
Guildford Arms, W. Register St.
Tap takeover weekend with 4 cask & 1 keg

Scottish Real Ale Festival
6 to 8 July
Edinburgh Corn Exchange, New Market Road

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

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

Further Afield


Berwick Beer Festival 2017

1 to 3 September
The Barracks, Berwick-on-Tweed (starting time on Friday 1st tbc; starts 12 noon other days).