What is Edinburgh Craft Beer Experience?

Edinburgh’s Craft Beer Experience Festival is a celebration of good beer with more than 20 breweries with beers for you to taste from Scotland, England, Northern Ireland, Wales, Germany and Belgium. And over 100 individual beers to enjoy across the weekend!

If your preference is for cocktails, then Hickory Bars will be shaking and stirring up four unique cocktails using Edinburgh Gin, Heroes Vodka, Thistly Cross, Tempest Brewing and Isle of Skye Whisky.

Scotland is also well known for its fabulous food, so we have lined up three of the best Scottish street food stalls: Jarvis Pickle, Aye Love Real Food and Lost Bothy.

We have worked closely with our brewery partners to offer you free masterclasses during each session.

When and where this event is being held?

The festival will take place at Assembly Roxy, 2 Roxburgh Pl, Edinburgh EH8 9SU.
Public transport: The venue is a five minute walk from the many bus stops on South Bridge

The Craft Beer Experience will run for five sessions from the 15th to the 17th of November:
Thursday 15th of November: 5.30pm – 11pm
Friday 16th of November: 12pm – 4h30pm
Friday 16th of November: 5.30pm – 11pm
Saturday 17th of November: 12pm – 5pm
Saturday 17th of November: 6pm – 11pm

How do I get tickets?

Ticket are from £8 + booking fee.
Your ticket will include:

  • Entrance to the festival
  • Branded souvenir glass
  • A £2 token toward your first beer
  • Free masterclasses including beer & cheese pairing
  • A full program of beers, masterclasses…
  • DJs & entertainment

Please bring a printed or digital copy of your Citizen Ticket!
If you have lost it, you can go on your citizen ticket app/website and you will find it in your wallet.

Who’s involved?

The Craft Beer Experience has been developed with passion by one of theteam behind the Craft Beer Revolution which has previously run in Edinburgh.. The man behind the event, Richard Servranckx says:
“Brewing has enjoyed a huge resurgence in recent years and it really has felt like a revolution, the dawning of a new era of beer. But we’re living in that craft era now, the revolution has done its job and it’s time to move on to the next stage, where we just get to drink the beer and enjoy the experience!”

Do you have a beer list?

Yes we do indeed.
You can see below the full beer list with more than 100 fresh brews to choose from.
We will also have some special releases from Scottish breweries.
Beers will be priced individually depending on ABV, style… But you can expect 2/3rd from £3.
Please note that we can’t guarantee that all those beers will be poured during each session!

And if I don’t drink beers?

We have teamed up with Hickory Bars to create four unique cocktails for the event.
We will also have two cider brands on tap in the snug area – see drinks list above.
And if you prefer a soft drink then the food stalls as well as Fritz Cola will be happy to help.

What about the food?

Good question! We believe a good beer is always better with some tasty food.
Look at this menu of fabulous Scottish fare.

You mentioned Masterclasses, what is the program?

We have created unique masterclasses with our partners and we are happy to announce the following timetable.
Please note that we will also pair each beer with a Scottish cheese… I know – that’s exciting!

Will there be any gluten free/ vegetarian/ vegan option?

We will have few Gluten free beers including Fantasma from Magic Rock. Cocktails and cider are gluten free too.
Our food stalls will offer some vegetarian and vegan options.

When will last orders be?

Last orders will be 30 min before the end of each session.

Can under -18s attend the event?

No the event is for over 18s only!

Is there an after party after each session?

Yes we have teamed up with St Andrews Potterrow Bar, more than 15 beers on tap, to offer you 10% off any drinks & food. Just show your wristband or tickets.
They will also have rugby on including Scotland vs South Africa at 17h20.

Are pets allowed?

Unfortunately not.

Is there a dress code?

No, there isn’t a specific dress code.

Will there be a cloakroom available?

We will have a couple of coat rails but no cloakroom.

Are festival goers allowed to film or photograph the event?

Yes, don’t hesitate to take great pictures or film the event. Feel free to share them by using our @edicraftbeerexp.

Will festival goers need to pay for drinks via a token system?

We will give £2 token at your arrival but then you will need to pay by cash or card.

Should festival goers bring cash, cards or both?

We recommend festival goers to bring some cash as not every stalls with accept card.

Is there access for wheelchair on site?

Yes, there is wheelchair access in the Main Hall.