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


Cloisters Spring Beer Festival
22 April to 6 May
Cloisters, Brougham Pl.
Includes Five Points Tap Takeover on 22 April (incl 3 cask ales) and Magic Rock Tap Takeover on 6 May (incl 7 cask ales).

Speyside Brewery tap takeovers
3:30pm, 23 April at the Barrel House Bar & Grill, Smokey Brae (previously Jock’s Lodge) - two cask lines
7pm, 12 May at the Caley Sample Room, Slateford Rd - four cask lines
22 June at the Guildford Arms, W. Register St. - tap takeover weekend with 4 cask & 1 keg

Tempest Springfest
12pm, 29 April
Tempest Brewing, Tweedbank
Beer, food and live music at the Tempest brewery.
£12 Early Bird tickets on sale on Saturday 28th January at 10am through the online store. Standard tickets cost £15 and will go on sale once the Early Bird tickets sell out.

Dalriada Meet the Brewer events
5 May: Born in the Borders
2 June: Broughton
Dalriada, Promenade, Joppa
All starting at 8pm.

Stewart Brewing Edinburgh Beer Festival
12 noon to 8pm, 13 May
Stewart Brewing, Bilston Glen Ind Estate.
A huge selection of Craft Beer, Street Food and Live Music. £15 ticket includes a souvenir glass and a can of beer of entry.

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

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

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

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

Further Afield


The Curfew Spring Beer Festival

28 April (noon) to 1 May (9pm)
The Curfew micropub, Bridge St, Berwick-on-Tweed
On 1 May at 1pm, the pub will be presented with its certificate for 2017 CAMRA Pub of the Year in North Northumberland.

Berwick Beer Festival 2017
1 to 3 September
The Barracks, Berwick-on-Tweed (starting time on Friday 1st tbc; starts 12 noon other days).