Scottish Lowlands

Ayrshire, Dumfries & Galloway, Fife, Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire, Scottish Borders

Craft Beer Rising at Drygate

19 September 2014 - 21 September 2014

Craft Beer Rising is landing in Scotland and it’s joining with Glasgow’s newest Cathedral of good beer, Drygate Brewery.

If you are in the trade, take advantage of the Trade Day on Friday 19 September, 12-5pm, to savour beers from over 40 breweries at the dedicated trade session.

And for those of us social drinkers, the Craft Beer Rising main event kicks off at 6pm on 19 September, running through until Sunday 21 September. In true Glasgow fashion, the evening sessions run nice and late – to 1am.  

Knops Musselburgh Broke

From a wee Edinburgh brewing company, this is a traditional Scottish ale, brewed with an eye to older styles of beer rather than the currently trendy hop monsters.

Knops use four different malts in brewing Musselburgh Broke, which is named for the racecourse at Musselburgh, just east of Edinburgh.

33cl/4.5%, £2.10 from Edinburgh branches of Oddbins; see brewery site for further stockists.

Waulkmill Cider

Waulkmill Cider, sat in luscious countryside between Langholm and Eskdalemuir, prides itself on being a truly Scottish enterprise, producing cider that is grown, picked and fermented in Dumfries and Galloway. They produce still cider, apple juice, and most recently cider vinegar, all from several Scottish apple varieties blended with local crab apples and traditional cider apples.

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WEST Dunkel

With its stylish mix of five specially selected malts, this has lots of flavour and weith.

The caramelly sweetness is in perfect balance with more weighty hobnob and light milk chocolate biscuits.

4.9%; available from the brewery & other select bars, including Euston Tap & certain Malmaison

WEST Munich Red

Delightfully ruby in colour, this Munich-style beer has a lovely, digestive biscuit nature on the palate, a medium maltiness and a light bitterness on the palate.

Highly quaffable.

4.9%, available from the brewery & a number of other key locations, such as the Euston Tap and Malmaison.

West St Mungo Lager

Named after Glasgow's local patron saint – and a brewer himself – in typical WEST style, this packs more flavour in than you might think while still sticking to all-important German 16th-century beer purity laws.

The sub-title – pure heavenly – seems appropriate. This is refreshing, with a light bitterness on the finish, plus enough flavour to go well with food.

Glasgow's Whisky Festival

19 November 2011 - 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Returning to The Arches at Central Station, Glasgow's Whisky Festival looks set to be a bigger affair than the first, sold out event, with extra space booked and more exhibitors attending.

Alongside Scotland's newest whisky, from Abhain Deargh distillery on the Island of Lewis, and Scotland's newest distillery, Kingsbarns in Fife, will be a good gathering of independent bottlers, showing a selection of rare old delights.

The Arches, Argyle Street, Glasgow G2 8DL

Over 18s only; tickets, £20, from The Arches box office or

WEST Brewery Bar and Restaurant

Housed in probably the grandest location of any brewery anywhere - the Templeton Building is modelled on the Doge's Palace in Venice - WEST brewery looks out across Glasgow Green to the People's Palace. It's a perfect spot to take the tour, enjoy some lunch, and then stroll through the park to the River Clyde.

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Glenkinchie Distillery

Set in the depths of rural East Lothian, within an hour of central Edinburgh, Glenkinchie distillery has been making a classic Lowland malt whisky for over 130 years.

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Houston Peter's Well

Peter's Well is the flagship beer of the Houston Brewing Company, and has a string of awards to its name, including SIBA Champion Best Bitter of Scotland. It certainly looks the part, a dark gold colour with a good frothy head, which comes in part from the inclusion of wheat in the mash.

available on draught at brewery tap, Fox & Hounds, and selected real ale bars in Glasgow, Edinburgh, and Aberdeen.