We’re now halfway through the year and festival season is in full swing so here’s 12 beer and spirit events you must be at in 2017.
12 beer and spirit events you must be at in 2017: MILNGAVIE GIN FESTIVAL – GLASGOW – 21-22nd JULY
Milngavie will host its first ever gin festival this year with a range of international gins as well as a selection of great Scottish drinks. This will be great for all you gin-heads who want to enjoy cocktails, talks from industry experts and of course samples.
WEST COAST WHISKY FÉIS – OBAN – 22nd JULY
This is the first annual festival of Scotland’s west coast distillers and will be held at Skipinnish Céilidh House in the gateway to the isles; Oban. Distillers such as Glengoyne, Isle of Arran and Kilchoman will display and a free dramming glass and nosing competition is available with every ticket.
LONDON CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL – LONDON – 4-6th AUGUST
This carnivalesque beer festival is hosted in a converted power station in London that for most of the year is the UK’s leading circus school. This year more than 45 breweries from all over the world will flock to Shoreditch to present you with the finest craft beers available. The festival benefits from pop-up kitchens from some great local restaurants and will feature guest DJs including Hot Chip and Foals.
HOPS IN THE GARDEN – EAST LOTHIAN – 19th AUGUST
This music and ale festival is open to all the family with kids going free. The East Lothian festival hosts a number of real ale stalls for the adults, and music acts, food stalls and family entertainment that everyone can enjoy.
FALKIRK WHISKY FESTIVAL – FALKIRK – 19th AUGUST
With more than 100 different whiskies being showcased at the historic Dobbie Hall in Falkirk, this is one of the largest whisky events this summer. There are a number of sessions available over the day and masterclasses with some of Scotland’s best distillers. This one is a must-do for whisky aficionados.
THE SCOTTISH GIN FEST – GLASGOW – 23RD SEPTEMBER
Gin lovers will gather in Glasgow this September for this festival which is dedicated purely to great Scottish gin. The event will feature more than 40 gins from all over Scotland as well as masterclasses from Eden Mill, Arbikie and Moray Distillery.
THE WEE G&T FESTIVAL – PERTH – 16th SEPTEMBER
This festival is wee only in name and was extremely successful last year, selling out very quickly. The 2017 edition of this event will include more than 50 different gins for you to enjoy.
THE RUM FESTIVAL – EDINBURGH – 29th SEPTEMBER – 1st OCTOBER
A taste of the Caribbean hits Edinburgh this September with the return of the UK’s first travelling rum festival. If the chance to sample more than 100 rums and visit cocktail and food stalls from all over the world sounds up your street then check it out.
GIN FESTIVAL EDINBURGH – EDINBURGH – 6-8th OCTOBER
The UK’s biggest gin festival with more than 100 different gins from all over the world is coming to Edinburgh after last year’s highly acclaimed event in London. The 2017 iteration has a lot to live up to with Time Out naming the show one of the top ten things to do in 2016.
OKTOBERFEST – EDINBURGH – 11TH-15th OCTOBER
Bask in Bavarian culture and enjoy a stein in Princes Street Gardens as Oktoberfest returns for another year. This event is great for those that want a taste of traditional German food, music and of course beer. Although not lasting as long as its Munich counterpart, Edinburgh’s Oktoberfest runs for five days so there’s plenty of time to soak up the atmosphere… and the beer.
DRAMATHON – SPEYSIDE – 21ST OCTOBER
This is one of our favourite events to do in 2017 and is a genius idea from Jon Dunderdale and Ian King where runners complete a marathon, half marathon or 10k race picking up stamps from distilleries across Speyside and receive a miniature bottle from each distillery after the race.
Get your running shoes on and take in the beautiful Speyside area, as well as some beautiful Speyside whiskies.
STIRLING GIN FESTIVAL – 3-4th NOVEMBER
The fourth outing of this amazing gin festival in, you guessed it, Stirling. This year will feature 50 gins from great producers such as Strathearn, Blackwoods and Misty Isle, with Fevertree tonic and garnishes available at every table and advice from the makers themselves on how to best enjoy their gin.