North Hop Edinburgh Preview

After two successful years in its Highland home of Inverness, North Hop Festival is marching southwards in 2016, hitting Edinburgh this March.

The festival’s tour of Scotland kicks off kicks off on Saturday 5 March 2016 at Edinburgh’s Assembly Rooms, promising to bring together an eclectic mix of independent craft brewers, pop-up bars, street food vendors and up-and-coming live music acts.

Taking place across two sessions, Edinburgers can look forward to sampling a wide variety of beers from 13 Scottish breweries, including Stewart, WooHa, Fallen, Drygate, Windswept, Tempest, and one of Edinburgh’s newest breweries, Edinburgh Beer Factory.

The festival will also boast a cocktail lounge, featuring mixology and drinks from companies including 10 Dollar Shake, Solid Liquids and Bijou Wine. Leith-based newcomer Electric Spirit Co. will distil a special limited edition small-batch gin for North Hop, which will be exclusively available at the North Hop Edinburgh.

A street food offering will include Mexican food from local restaurant El Cartel, the perfect craft beer accompaniment of Scotch eggs from Aye Love Real Food and seasonal Scottish-sourced dishes from Fresh Revolution.

Speaking of the festival’s plans for 2016, North Hop founder and festival organiser Michelle Russell said: “To be taking North Hop 2016 ‘on the road’ is incredibly exciting. What started as a wee festival in the Highlands has now evolved into a year-round, nationwide programme celebrating the very that craft beer culture in Scotland has to offer. What’s more, all the dates are indoors, so we won’t be at the mercy of the Scottish weather!”

After Edinburgh, the festival will then roll on to Aberdeen (30th April – 1st May) and Glasgow (18th – 19th June) before finishing up in a Highland location, soon to be announced by organisers.  Tickets for each festival are priced at £17.50 per person and are available from the festival’s website.

And I’ll be blogging from North Hop Edinburgh, so be sure to come back on 8 March to see what I thought of one of Scotland’s most exciting drinks events.