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

Raise Your Glass exhibition
5th March - 25th June (Monday to Saturday 10am - 5pm)
Museum of Edinburgh, Canongate
Brewing Heritage Scotland invites you to explore the fascinating development of one of Scotland’s most famous industries. On display will be photographs, objects and documents used in the manufacture and the promotion of beer. Entrance free.

Raise Your Glass exhibition: Tours of the Canongate area
6pm, 29th March
6pm, 20th April
6pm, 13th May
6pm, 16th June
Starting outside John Knox’s House, Hight St.
Organised tours of the Canongate area during the exhibition period, highlighting where the breweries did exist at one time and to tell their history and fascinating stories.
There is a maximum number of 20 to attend each tour, and will last 1.5 hours.
To book a place, contact John Martin either by phone or e-mail: 0131 441 7718 or

Raise Your Glass exhibition: Talks on Brewing Heritage
11am, 23rd April
2pm, 18th May
2pm, 16th June
Museum of Edinburgh, Canongate
There is a maximum number of 30 to attend each talk, and will last 1 hour. Thereafter you can visit the exhibition.
To book a place, contact John Martin either by phone or e-mail: 0131 441 7718 or

Meet the Brewer Evenings
8pm, first Friday of the month
Dalriada, Promenade, Portobello
1st April – Stewart Brewing (Holyrood / IPA / Gold / Kai Pai / No 3 / Cascade / Embra)
6th May – Broughton (Old Jock / Proper IPA / Blonde Lager / Dark n Cloudy)
3rd June – Born In The Borders (Bonnie n Blond / Bonnie n Bitter / West Highland Way)
1st July – Innis & Gunn (Original / Rum Cask Finish / Blonde / Irish Whiskey)

Stewart Tap Takeover and Meet the Brewer
30th May - 5th June
The Other Place, Broughton Road
Meet the Brewer is from 7 to 9pm on 30th May.

Beer Night in conjunction with Knops Beer Co.
6pm, 3rd June
The Walled Garden, Archerfield, East Lothian
With free Knops Brewery Tours, Beer Tastings, pub bites, late bar etc

Currie Beer & Curry Festival
10th - 11th June (6pm start on Friday and 4pm on Saturday)
Currie Community Centre, 280 Lanark Rd W, EH14 5RU
Over 50 real ales. Organised by Currie, Balerno & District Round Table to raise money for local good causes. Tickets £22.50 (including 10 tokens); over 65s £6 (with no tokens). Both tickets include a commemorative glass. Tokens are for 1/3 pints. See link above for tickets.

The Plough Inn’s First Birthday
11th June
Plough Inn, Leitholm
Also launching of newly revamped Beer Garden, featuring four cask ales instead of the normal two.

Allanton Inn Beer Festival
17th - 19th June
Allanton Inn, Allanton
Starts at 5pm on Friday 17th. With ales from around the UK.

Scottish Real Ale Festival
7th - 9th July
Edinburgh Corn Exchange, Newmarket Road, Edinburgh

Hops in the Garden
11am - 11pm, 9th July
The Walled Garden, Archerfield, East Lothian
Ale and music festival featuring Knops beers, in aid of Leuchie House national respite centre. Tickets £10 early bird or £15 on the door.

Nether Abbey Beer Festival
4th - 6th November (12 noon start each day)
Nether Abbey Hotel, North Berwick
Returning after a 10-year break, with up to 50 real ales from around the UK, including some “from the wood”. Free entry. Special CAMRA rate for accommodation during the Beer Fest.

Further Afield

Paisley Beer Festival

20-23 April
Paisley Town Hall

Kingdom of Fife Real Ale, Cider & Perry Festival
21-23 April
Rothes Hall, Glenrothes

The Curfew Beer Festival
12pm, 29 April - 2 May
The Curfew (micropub), Bridge St, Berwick-on-Tweed
Including beers “from the wood” by local brewery Bear Claw.

Great Grampian Beer Festival
19-21 May
Richard Donald Stand, Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Around 100 cask beers and a selection of traditional Cider and Perry. The 2016 Featured Brewery is Loch Ness Brewery from Drumnadrochit.

Glasgow Real Ale Festival
23-25 June
The Briggait, Glasgow

9th Berwick Beer and Food Festival
2-4 September
The Barracks, Berwick-on-Tweed
Runs from 12 noon each day Fri-Sun, with the Food Festival open from 10am Sat and Sun, when an entrance fee applies (£2). Dog-friendly.

Ayrshire Real Ale Festival
6-8 October
Troon Concert Hall