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.

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)

Allanton Inn Beer Festival
17th - 19th June
Allanton Inn, Allanton
Starts at 5pm on Friday 17th. With ales and cider from around the UK, plus local breweries Born in the Borders and Bear Claw Brewery.
BBQ all day Saturday, Hog Roast on Sunday, Live Music by Summerland & Mr. T. Free Entry.

Sheep Heid Inn Beer Festival
5pm, 24th - 26th June
Sheep Heid Inn, The Causeway, Duddingston

Meet the Local Brewers
2pm-6pm, 25th and 26th June
The Granary, the Shore, Leith
With Campervan, Knops, Edinbrew and Krafty Brew. Two casks on in addition to the normal Deuchars IPA.

Sunday Summer Fruity Festival
12:30pm, 26th June
Cloisters, Brougham Pl.
Featuring 9 casks and 3 kegs of fruit beer.

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


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