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


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.
On 18th August there is a Ferry Brewery Meet the Brewer at 7-9pm.

Kays Bar Best of Scotland Beer Festival
14th August - 4 September
Kays Bar, Jamaica St Lane
Featuring 15 finalists from the Scottish Beer Awards

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

Craw Inn Summer Beer Festival
12pm, 25th to 27th August
Craw Inn, Auchencrow
24 ales over the weekend

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

Ferry Brewery Night
7pm, 2 September
Ferry Brewery, Bankhead Farm Steading, South Queensferry
Including barbecue and live music. Tickets £5 from Ferry Brewery or Down The Hatch Cafe.

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

Stewart Brewing Meet the Maker event
7 September: Blacksmith Forge, Dalkeith, between 5-7pm.

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


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.