There are, of course, many great breweries in Scotland, and many great Scottish brewers head up the best breweries in England too. But the modern beer movement is an international one – Scandinavia, the USA, New Zealand are just a few of the key places on the beer map. Our brewery line-up, brings together craft beer excellence from all over the world.
Founded by former war correspondent, Steve Hindy and his neighbour, Tom Potter, in the late 80s, Brooklyn isn ow one of the most recognisable breweries in the craft beer world. Driven forward by their brewmaster, the legendary Garrett Oliver, and famous for their iconic Brooklyn Lager, they make some incredible beers and decades later, bang the drum for great independent beer. Did you know their logo is by the same guy as the I HEART NY logo, Milton Glaser?
It was an honour to invite such an esteemed brewery. With so many new breweries we get all wobbly at the knees when we get to work with one of the founding members of this thing called craft beer. We also, having been lucky enough to drink at their Williamsburg brewery, wanted to give people a window into all the great stuff Brooklyn do, beyond their vanguard American lager. Prepare for something special.
Cloudwater are, believe it or not, still a young brewery. Just under two years old at this point, they have sky rocketed to stardom in the last 12 months. And rightly so. Their experimental style and determination to continue to develop and try new things have seen them gain a huge amount of recognition and respect in the industry.
For us, Cloudwater are one of the most exciting breweries in Europe right now. Not only are their DIPAs capturing the attention of almost all beer drinkers in the UK, they continue to produce fresh, interesting beers week in, week out. We are thrilled to have them along again this year.
There aren't many people in the beer world who are unfamiliar with the name Mikkeller or the beers they make. Starting out with humble beginnings in Copenhagen, Mikkel and Keller began brewing in their small flat with experimental styles. They never looked back from that and Mikkeller have forged a reputation as one of the best breweries in the world, year in year out. The passion, creativity and committment to doing things only the Mikkeller way are inspriring.
It's always humbling to have a brewery of such high stature be so keen to join our lineup. Bringing such a creative powerhouse to a city brimming with creative brewers was a no brainer for us. We can't wait to share some of Mikkeller's best with you.
Founded by John Boyle and Robin Leighton in the village of Wylam, the brewery was originally located in the potting shed on a their farm. Brewing quality ales and stouts for the local the market, Wylam Brewery has gone from strength to strength. The brewery now calls ‘The Palace of Arts’ it’s home, having taken residence in stunning pavilion in Newcastle. This is home to their own festival, Craft Beer Calling.
Long time admirers of Wylam, we first visited them on a brewery course way back in 2013. Known for quality, and being the vanguard of the modern beer scene in the English North East, their beers are making the whole of the UK sit up and take note - has anyone tried their recent DIPA Sticky Bud? A beer of distinction like Jakehead IPA and WxY²
Fierce are based up in Aberdeen, and were founded by two ex Oil and Gas workers looking for a new direction. The founders, both called Dave, met on a brewing tech course and the rest is history. Recently voted the best new brewery in Scotland by the Ratebeer.com community, they make adventurous, full flavoured brews.
Best new brewery in Scotland? How could we not! We like to promote new breweries doing things the right way. As part of our 'In New Beer We Trust' initiative, kindly supported by Simply Hops, we like to shine a light on new breweries we admire. Fierce embody this perfectly - great beer, great ambition, nice guys.
A family affair, Cromarty Brewing Co began, when the Middleton's got together to begin a brewery in their home town. Craig, son of Chap and Jenni, roped in his parents after his brewing degree at Heriot Watt. Half a decade later and they're producing a range of fantastic beers, from full flavoured ales to big stouts.
In ours eyes they're one of the breweries you just have to get a schooner of when you see them in the pub. Full flavoured, characterful, and moorish - Craig really knows how to make a beer to enjoy. He's incredibly passionate, and we love the story behind the brewery. Keep an eye for when he takes the gloves off and goes experimental - they make some great specials.
Based in the foothills of the South West Highlands, Fallen are one of the leading craft breweries in Scotland. Fallen, brewing out of an old railway building, have sustainability at their heart as a business - minimising impact in their rural surrounds. When it comes to brewing, it's all about classic styles but driving forward by modern brewing techniques and new world hops.
Definitely one of the leading lights in Scottish brewing, and a brewery that seems to be going from strength to strength. The flavour they get in their blonde (not one of the most flavoursome styles) is just great, but we're excited to see what specials they bring cause when pushed, these guys make some fantastic beer.
A providor of some of the world's fruitiest hops and finest breweries, New Zealand is a fine beer nation. We're working with NZ Beer Collective to bring you Yeastie Boys and Tuatara - we may get a few other breweries involved too.
New Zealand are known for their high quality hops so it's only natural that there is some amazing beer coming from down south as well. We can't wait to get our hands on some.
One of New Zealand's most popular craft breweries, Yeastie Boy's are two mates, Sam and Stu, doing big things in beer. The Yeastie Boys are a creative force in New Zealand brewing, and while quality is the core of the offering, a healthy sense of humour is pretty central too.
We've always enjoyed the beers they make and the energy they bring. They are big fans of the UK beer scene, so much so that they've set up business over here too - brewing around the country. A beer from these guys, always has a twist, and that's why we love them.
Beerbliotek are a Swedish brewery who began brewing and selling their beers in Gothenburg in 2013. Aided by the thriving Gothenburg scene, Beerbliotek expericenced quick success and have undergone a few capacity upgrades in the last few years. They have a creative philsophy, never repeating a recipe or beer.
They are a brewery that have only recently come onto the radar in the UK, and in that short time, have grabbed our attention. Their beers are vibrant and packed with flavour; whether it's a tropically fruity pale, or sour, funky gose - these guys make delicious beer.
Founded in 1996 by brothers-in-law Adam Firestone and David Walker, the brewery has received numerous acolades over the years for their big beers. Based in the wonderful Paso Robles, California, a stone's throw from Big Sur, they're very well known for their amazing ales and extensive Barrel Works program.
We're honoured to bring this brewery to Edinburgh. Firestone Walker have had an immense impact on the brewing scene, world wide. They have been around for 20 years now and have some world leading examples of classic styles, and are still moving forward, brewing beers that continue to excite.
Siren Craft Brew are easily one of the best producers of beer in the UK. Siren began in 2012 when Darron decided the world needed better and more interesting beer. Siren brew a vast array of styles, never letting time, process or costs effect the way in which they craft their ales. It's an inspriring ethos and it has produced some of the worlds best beers.
Siren are consistently producing incredible, different and challenging beers. Last year as part of Brewdog's Collabfest, they brewed $10 Shake. A fruit smoothie IPA which was one of out favourite beers of the year. Their curiosity and expertise make them an awesome addition to any beer festival lineup and we're ever so stoked to have them to our first ECBF.
Aegir are located in the hills of Flåm, in the central mountains of Norway. They began as a brewpub in 2007 and are now one of the most recognized craft breweries in Norway. Last year their new can artwork won them numerous accolades, which they surely deserved.
Known for a variety of styles, brewing with seasons at the their brewpub. Beyond their very well executed, deliciously fresh pales, packed with hoppy goodness, their summer saisons and strong, hearty winter beers are packed with character and heart.
Lervig are a Norwegian brewery located in Stavanger and run by one of the most skilled brewers in Europe, Mike Murphy. Mike and his team work hard to brew some amazing beers from American Pales to Imperial Stouts. Last year we were lucky enough to visit the brewery. Up there with the best in the whole world, we feel.
We love working with the guys from Lervig. Hardworking, humble and highly talented. Last year their collaboration with Hoppin' Frog, Sippin' into Darkness was a truly awesome stout. Their fruity sour ales are also something to behold, and they're going to bring them to Edinburgh for you.
Dugges are another of the Swedish breweries we have invited this year. Located in Gothenburg, Dugges started brewing beers in 2007. They brew beer styles all across the board and have worked on some amazing collaborations in that past. Their sour ale collaborations with Stillwater Artisinal are a thing of beauty. If you haven't had a Tropic Thunder yet, do yourself a favour and go and find one.
The sneak peak they've given us on their beer lineup is the stuff dreams are made of. We're particularly interested in their stouts - think about the best tirimisu you've ever had, or best coffee-liquer, or best cohoclate cake, then make it deeper, richer, boozier, and more delicious and you're still not close to how good they are.
Based in down town Oslo, Geoffrey and his team have brewed, talked and lived good beer since the brewery was founded in 2011. The team consists of a good mix of cultures and different nationalities, further giving an extra boost to their creativity and influences. It all began with a brewpub but in 2016 the first batch was brewed in their brand new, modern brew house - a playground to experiment, explore and create.
A can of their delicious Ink & Dagger made it's way to us pre Christmas, and we fell in love with this properly juicy modern IPA, brimming with mango. From what we hear, this is the tip of iceberg, so we're excited to break a brewery we think we'll be making waves over here before long. With barrel-aging and cider program to come. These guys are one to watch.
Located in Leeds, these bretheran of brewing monks are focused on and inspried by modern design, local collaboration and giving back to both their local community and humanity in general. A pretty massive mission which is beautifully backed up by their massive range of beers. Core IPA's, seasonals, collaborations and small batch single releases. You name it, these guys will brew it and brew it really well.
Now lets talk about Mango Lassi, Heathen, and Patron Project. All their beers do big, bold, impactful flavour. Their new passonfruit lassi we cannot wait to try. We are pumped to see what the new year brings for them in beer and even more pumped to get amongst it in August.
Magic Rock are one of the founding fathers of the - oh-so-recent - brewing revival in the UK. Located in Huddersfield, Rich and his team, lead by brewers Stu, Nick and Joe, have been producing hop forward, flavour rich, world class beers for the past 6 years.
We love Magic Rock because we love the wonder of the IPA and the Pale Ale. Big piney bitterness in Cannonball, or grapefruit - tropical goodness in Highwire have long been favourites. But then all their juicy new range like Inhaler, Hypnotist and Clairvoyance are so on point too. Expect fresh, zesty, delicious.
Pohjala are an Estonian brewery who reside in the city of Tallin. They released their first beers in 2013, at the time, gipsy brewing at other facilities. They soon opened their own facilty which boasts an impressive amount of tanks. They also have their own venue in Tallin called Speakeasy and run a wicked festival themselves, if you fancy a trip.
I mean, one of their beer labels has a shark on it. They make a whole range of great IPA and Gose beers, but we're bringing in a Baltic brewery for one special reason. Porters! These guys knock it out the park when it comes to one of our favourite styles of beer. Not as heavy as a stout, but packed with roasted notes of coffee, chocolate, liqourice, molasses etc, we love porters...especially when they're from Pohjala.
Left Handed Giant are a team that are based in Bristol co-founded by Bruce Gray, a Scot and Brewdog Alumni. Though they brew most of their beers on friends' kits, but also have a small kit of their own which they experiement brews on. We feel these guys are one to watch!
Their beers are awesome - and their brewer, Rich, is a real talent. Their Flanders Red was one of the best beers we had in 2016 - sweet and sour in the right places - and their take on breakfast stouts - one bacon focussed the other espresso were packed with so much flavour. Perfect with vanilla Ice Cream.
One of London's finest breweries; who have gone onto become a real world beater. Famous for their fruity IPA's and imaculate American Pales, Beavertown have recently excelled at tart, zesty sours and funky barrel aged beers to really cement themselves as one of the finest breweries going.
Last year - as their tap takeover at The Salt Horse showed - Beavertown made some really great beers. We're very excited by this year's Tempus releases (the barrel-aged beers) be they whiskey-tinged stouts, fruity sour ales, or IPAs with Brett (A funky flavour you'll find in natural wines and fine ciders too).
The guys who put a rocket under British brewing who need little to no introduction... but here goes. Starting in 2007, Brewdog have become a powerhouse of brewing in the last few years. Having expanded multiple times in Ellon, they have now set their sites on the US of A and will be opening their Columbus brewery in the near future. Add that to the sour facility on the horizon and we could be in for some great new Brewdog beers.
Resolutely sticking to their hop-forward, viciously bitter bangers, Brewdog make some colosally great beers that remind you of why we got into craft beer. Beyond that though, they're always releasing a steady release of new beers - coconut and vanilla porter? Juicy IPA brewed with Cloudwater? Fruit smoothie collab with Omnipollo?
6° North are another important part of the Scottish contingent. In a UK craft beer market full of IPA's and big stouts, 6° North have taken a different path with their beers. Brewing Belgian style beers and employing ancient Belgian techniques, they have a refreshing and delicious point of difference.
Belgian beers are an extremly difficult skill to master and but offer real depth and complexity in flavour. These guys do a really great job. So much so that Cantillon send them beer for Zwanze day - bring on Belgium.
One of Scotland's finest breweries and a certainly one of the best in the UK. Based in Galeshiels, south of Edinburgh, the team take inspiration from the food and drink they love, then be as innovative and creative as they can to get maximum flavour from great hops, malts and yeast strains. These guys will be bringing some special beers.
Tempest have one of the best "started from the bottom" type stories. They began brewing Long White Cloud in a garage in NZ over a decade ago. The best thing about Tempest is there is no beer style they won't tackle. Which leaves us eagerly awaiting the arrival of their beer list for this years festival.
The closest brewery to us, Pilot are making waves from their small brewery in Leith. Young, and only 3-strong at the moment, Pilot are the most exciting brewery within Edinburgh's city limits and are getting people's attention all around the UK. Expect something special from the guys for our festival.
How could they not be? Located just down the road from our festival site, Matt, Jordan and Pat have been doing things their way from the beginning. Unrelenting brewing has produced fresh, imaginative beers. We're anticipating a big future for these guys
Wiper and True are a Bristol based brewery who began brewing at home in their kitchen. They fell in love with the art and experimentation of brewing and proceeded to make commercial batches of their beer. Now with a home in the St Werburghs area of Bristol, Wiper and True continue to brew experimental styles and rarely, if ever, repeat a recipe for a particular style. As we have noted before, they also have some of the most crisp branding in all of beer.
Their barley wine was delicious last year- sweet, treacly and rich in bourbon flavour. Their bread pudding beer with TOAST, and their Rye Saison, are illustrations of a brewery who know how to do full, comforting beers, rich with sweetness and spice. More of the same please - oh, and very excited to hear about their collaboration with Dugges.
Somerset provenance is what Wild Beer Co. are all about - nature, their environment, and the seasons. As their name suggests, Wild Beer predominantly use wild fermentation techniques to brew their beer. Blending their own wild yeast strains to create beers of all styles. The results are some incredibly complex, earthy and interesting beers.
We simply love Wild Beer Co's beers. They are constantly challenging us to explore new and different flavours in beer and that's something we love. We're looking forward to the blends and other seasonal series we can expect throughout the year.
Thornbridge are one of the original and the best in the UK craft beer scene. They've been around since the very start and the Uk scene owes them a lot of praise for battling the new territories of fresh, full flavoured beer back in the mid 00's. This year will see Thornbridge release a series of monthly new releases, which, if you havent seen is well worth checking out and following.
They have real class and make some fantastic beers. This year we're excited to see what specials we'll be able to enjoy - we're hearing news of a peach pale AND we'll be pressing hard for one or two things things from their impressive collection of barrels.
The Kernel are one of the UK's finest breweries, year in, year out. Located under an railway arch in South London, Evin and his team work together perfectly to continuously produce outstanding beer. The Kernel are ever-evolving, they brew styles with whichever hops and ingredients are the freshest.
Their pales, IPAs and stouts are always so good. However, it's the fruity sours, blended and aged on damson or raspberry that we're loving so much at the moment, and the new hoppy saisons from their foudres (big wood fermenters) packed with dry tartness balanced with sweet and floral hops.
Long before Brewdog got the fire burning this side of the Atlantic, in the late 80s, Sierra Nevada were one of handful of breweries creating a craft beer revolution. We owe them a lot. These days, they continue to make amazing new beers and forge a path for all to follow on sustainability. We are forever grateful for the work they have put into this industry.
Because they are Sierra Nevada. These guys are never too big for their boots and still have a love for the drinkers, the bars and the industry that has shown them so much love over the years. And the bottom line, they make some very, very good beers.
One of the youngest and smallest breweries in the UK, Tiny Vessel are Ivo and Neal. Two friends with a passion for beer, who've take the first steps into becoming a brewery. Tiny Vessel recently won Simply Hops Underdog competition - a Europe wide competition run by hop merchants, Simply Hops. The challenge was to make the most flavoursome beer with Summit hop. Their English IPA stole the show, and as part of the competition prize we're featuring them at this year's festival. An inspiring story, so come meet the guys and drink the beer.
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