Scottish Beer Awards
Finalists ready to mark best Scottish beers
Catriona Shearer: co-host of awards ceremony (photo by Terry Murden)
More than 300 representatives from Scotland’s booming brewing sector have booked to attend the second annual Scottish Beer Awards sponsored by ALDI, which takes place in just 10 days’ time.
Thirty-six breweries and 146 beers brewed in Scotland have been selected as finalists in the competition which celebrates the best of Scottish brewing.
For the first time this year, the awards dinner follows an all-day conference and trade show dedicated to discussing the latest issues in brewing and will be headlined by New York based brewer, Garrett Oliver of Brooklyn Brewery.
In the evening, guests will be treated to a packed line up featuring award winning Scottish beers and entertainment. A welcome drinks reception is being supported by finalists Brewgooder, and Eden Mill who will be serving their award winning Hop Gin, recently crowned with a bronze medal at the Scottish Gin Awards.
A three-course gourmet dinner has been paired with a selection of beers for guests to enjoy, kindly supplied by Fyne Ales, Orkney Brewery and Tempest Brew Co. While Scottish comedian, foodie and self-proclaimed beer lover, Hardeep Singh Kohli will host the event alongside his colleague, BBC TV Scotland news anchor Catriona Shearer.
The hosts will guide guests through each of the categories which cover the breadth of the brewing sector, culminating in the top award of the night which will be presented to the Scottish Brewery of the Year.
Gold, Silver and Bronze medals will be presented in the taste categories which include Best IPA, Best Lager, Pale Ale amongst many other styles covering the Scottish beer landscape.
Edinburgh-based all acoustic crate digging mash-ups band, The Banjo Lounge 4, will be performing as well as DJ Liam Reilly who will be playing an after party supported by Caledonian Brewery.
There are still some places available for last minute bookers at the event which takes place on Thursday 28 September at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange.