Beer has been brewed in Scotland for over five thousand years, and throughout this time Edinburgh has been an important center for the production of beer. Edinburgh’s nickname, Auld Reekie, is a reference to the smoke produced by the furnaces which powered this industry. The city streets are no longer clouded by the smoke from breweries, but Edinburgh’s love affair with beer is in no way diminished and until very recently Fountainbridge retained the distinct aroma of hops. All over the city, real ales and craft beers are sold in Free Houses (pubs not tied to one of the large breweries) and patrons can whet their whistle with a truly eclectic mix of beers from Scotland and beyond.
Brew Dog may have set tongues wagging with publicity stunts, such as their battle to obtain the highest ABV (alcohol by volume) possible, and wrapping their “End of History” beer in roadkill, but they are also very serious about the business of creating great craft beers. Similar devotion to the craft of brewing is evident in Andrew Usher & Co, named after the famous Edinburgh distiller and philanthropist. Those who crave a relaxed environment and some wonderful craft beers and ales will be right at home in the heavenly Cloisters.
Whatever your preference, there should be somewhere on our list of brew pubs which is just right for you.