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


Summer Beer Festival
19th - 31st July
Bow Bar, West Bow

Kay’s Bar 40th Anniversary Beer Festival
22nd July - 30th August
Kay’s Bar, Jamaica St W.
Showcasing beers from all over the country.

Black Bull annual beer festival
30th - 31st July
Black Bull, Duns

Cloisters Scottish Beer Festival
1st - 31st August
Cloisters, Brougham Pl
Over 80 cask and keg beers from over 30 Scottish breweries.
Also includes: Hybrid Brewery (Grangemouth) launch Sat 6th August 7pm, and Black Isle Brewery Tap Takeover Sat 27th August.

Scottish Craft Beer and Food Matching
4th - 31st August
Canons’ Gait, Canongate
Also Meet the Brewer and sampling events. This is an Edinburgh Festival Fringe event - see p.207 of the Fringe Programme.

Craw Inn Beer Festival
19th - 21st August
Craw Inn, Auchencrow

White Swan beer festival
22 September - 2 October.
White Swan, Kelso


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


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