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Wetherspoon Real Ale & Cider Festival 2012

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by Oliver Philp (subscribe)
I have spent most of my life in Leith and love to take advantage of what Edinburgh has to offer, particularly food and drink!
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A beer festival with prices to raise a glass to
Beer lovers take note!

Between Wednesday, 24th October and Sunday, 11th November the Wetherspoon Real Ale Festival will be taking place at five venues in Edinburgh and many more nearby. 50 real ales and ciders, some brewed specifically for this event, will be on offer including 10 overseas ales hailing from as far afield as Japan, Australia and Canada. Many are specialist brews containing such diverse ingredients as heather, grapefruit and elderberries so there will be something to suit every palate. The event promises to be easy on the pocket too as all beers will be between £1.79 and £1.99 per pint.

I have listed the venues in and around Edinburgh below along with a full list of the products that will be available however if you wish to learn more, including detailed tasting notes, head to As a big chain, Wetherspoon pubs are sometimes ridiculed, but they are known for championing cask ales and low prices and their venues don't play music, which I personally prefer as I won't end up hoarse at the end of a night!

Venues in Edinburgh:

The Standing Order, George Street.
Alexander Graham Bell, George Street.
The Playfair in the Omni Centre.
The White Lady, St John's Road, Corstorphine.
The Foot of the Walk, Constitution Street, Leith.

Venues near Edinburgh:

Almondbank, Livingston.
Newyearfield, Livingston.
David Macbeth Moir, Musselburgh.
Bourtree, Hawick.
Hunters Hall, Galashiels.
The Blacksmith's Forge, Dalkeith.
The James Young, Bathgate.


1. Avery 3 Point 5 Session Ale 3.5% Abv
2. Banks's Howling Wolf 3.8% Abv
3. Coach House Gunpowder Mild 3.8% Abv
4. Shepherd Neame Red Sails 3.9% Abv
5. Cambridge Brewing Heather Ale 4.0% Abv
6. Harviestoun Wild Hop Gold 4.0% Abv
7. Hook Norton Cotswold Lion 4.0% Abv
8. Traditional Scottish Ales Silver Mist 4.0% Abv
9. Tring Squadron Scramble 4.0% Abv
10. Birra Del Borgo Tutto Fa Brodo 4.2% Abv
11. Butcombe Rare Breed 4.2% Abv
12. Caledonian Devil's Advocate 4.2% Abv
13. Exmoor Fox 4.2% Abv
14. Theakston Double Cross IPA 4.2% Abv
15. Evan Evans Full Cry 4.3% Abv
16. Ishii Brewing Minagof Pale Ale 4.3% Abv
17. Rooster's Franklin 4.3% Abv
18. Thwaites Crafty Devil 4.3% Abv
19. Vale Hopocalypse Vale 4.3% Abv
20. Woodforde's Norfolk Hawker 4.3% Abv
21. Batemans Combined Harvest 4.4% Abv
22. Cotleigh Kookaburra 4.4% Abv
23. Weltons Autumn Shades 4.4% Abv
24. Adnams Fisherman 4.5% Abv
25. Everards Terra Firma 4.5% Abv
26. Liberation Rouge 4.5% Abv
27. Mordue Lubelski 4.5% Abv
28. Rhymney Iron Brew 4.5% Abv
29. Moorhouse's Ruby Witch 4.6% Abv
30. B & T Shefford Aragon 4.7% Abv
31. Bath Hefeweizen Hare 4.7% Abv
32. Maxim Double Maxim 4.7% Abv
33. St Peter's Fruit Beer 4.7% Abv
34. Titanic Golden Porter 4.7% Abv
35. Box Steam Ghost Train 4.8% Abv
36. Brewster's Andromeda 4.8% Abv
37. Mansfield Old Baily 4.8% Abv
38. White Horse War Horse 4.9% Abv
39. Oakleaf Liberty Boat 5.0% Abv
40. Okells Steam Beer 5.0% Abv
41. Tree Brewing Thirsty Beaver 5.0% Abv
42. Wadworth Blunderbuss 5.0% Abv
43. Greene King IPA Reserve 5.4% Abv
44. Feral Australian IPA 5.5% Abv
45. ävyturys Baltijos Red Ale 5.5% Abv
46. Brouwerij't Ij Ijbok 6.0% Abv
47. Steenbrugge Blond 6.0% Abv
48. Steenbrugge Dubbel Bruin 6.0% Abv
49. Freeminer Deep Shaft 6.2% Abv
50. JW Lees Moonraker 6.5% Abv


51. Sandford Orchards Strawberry Lane 4.0% Abv
52. Westons Twist Mulled Cider 4.0% Abv
53. Westons Twist Raspberry 4.0% Abv
54. Westons Country Perry 4.5% Abv
55. Mr Whitehead's Festival Special Perry 6.0% Abv
56. Thatchers Traditional 6.0% Abv
57. Westons Traditional Scrumpy 6.0% Abv
58. Gwynt Y Ddraig Dog Dancer 6.5% Abv
59. Gwynt Y Ddraig Black Dragon 7.2% Abv
60. Westons Old Rosie 7.3% Abv
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Great first article, Oli. I didn't even realise that there was Wetherspoon's festival at all, now that they had all of the venues in an around Edinburgh.
by Lindsay Law (score: 2|392) 3379 days ago
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