Edinburgh's Summerhall has announced that the Summerhall & Barney's Beer Festival is set to return for another weekend of hops, malts, jazz, aerialists and much more in between.
Over the May 16-17, Summerhall will serve up over 25 beers sourced locally, alongside the best craft beer brewed around the globe, to thirsty beer and food fans. To celebrate the onset of the festival summer, the courtyard at Summerhall will be transformed into the festival beer garden ready for the Friday 'after work' session and the Dissection Room will play host as the beer hall for the weekend.
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Working with on-site brewer Barney's Beers, the Southside venue has been busy getting the best possible line up of beers and entertainment for the weekend mini-festival. Barney's has been getting hands-on in the mash tun creating a collaboration brew with Edinburgh's Stewart Brewing - available exclusively at the event. Summerhall & Barney's are also very excited to invite newcomers to the craft scene and Leith's first commercial brewer in over a century - Pilot - to offer up some of their creations for a taste test.
Sam Gough, Summerhall General Manager commented: "The Beer Fest is back. With a twist on the 2013 events, we're hosting four sessions over the weekend, starting from 4.30 on Friday - with our Power Hour rewarding Edinburgh after their working week with a bargain £5 ticket to get first dibs on the best beers. The previous two beer festivals were sell outs - get your tickets while you still can!"
Four sessions over the weekend will cater to all with a range of brewery tours and talks, organic food and sessionable beers ranging from from pilsner to saison and IPA to porter. Summerhall's new gin distillery Pickerings will also be on hand offering their new local gin as an alternative to hops and malts - the distillery will be open for beer festival ticket holders to visit.
The weekend will kick off with a new addition for the third Summerhall & Barney's Beer Festival. Introducing The Power Hour - a new session to reward all after a long week. From 4.30 - 7.30pm Summerhall is offering a unique take on the beer festival to kick things off, with special price £5 tickets and rock classics from White Snake to Meatloaf, Jon Bon Jovi to The Darkness to set the weekend alight.
On Friday night from 8pm there will be entertainment from aerialists Paper Doll Militia and music from Beer Baron Brass Band (comprised of players of the Horndogs Brass Band) who have recently performed with Amanda Palmer. Over the weekend the brigade of entertainment also includes the Pygmies (featuring Edinburgh jazzers Steve Kettley, Slawek Justinski and Barney himself) DJ sets and more to be confirmed over the weekend.
Tickets are priced from £5, which includes a beer and special edition Barney's glass.