The organisers of Indie Beer Fest claim it is the biggest beer festival in Scotland. To be honest, it would be a pain in the arse for me to verify the truth of that statement, but with 180 beers from 36 Scottish breweries on offer, we can probably agree it’s pretty big.
The festival is organised by Scottish brewers from the not-for-profit trade association the Society of Independent Brewers, and Fiona MacEachern, from Loch Lomond Brewery, says “The beer list for the 2023 beer festival is by far our biggest and most ambitious yet, with not only some of Scotland’s best-known craft breweries pouring at the festival, but also some of our newest – giving festival goers the chance to try something new or opt for an old favourite.”
Highlights among the brews available include Fyne Ales multi-award winning ‘Jarl’ golden ale (3.8%), Williams Bros Brewing Co. fruity Elderflower summer ale ‘Birds & Bees’ (4.3%), or even Loch Lomond’s ‘Lost Monster’ Imperial Stout, which comes in as the festival’s biggest hitter at a punchy 10.8% abv, Harviestoun’s famous ‘Schiehallion’ (4.8%), or Wasted Degrees Brewing’s Helles Lager (4.2%), Moonwake’s German style ‘Weissbier’ (5.0%), Five Kingdoms American double IPA ‘The Great Escape’ (7.5%), and Dog Falls Brewing Co’s ‘Colloidoscope’ hazy pale ale, an American style beer at a more sessionable (4.3%).
The cost of a pint at the festival bucks the trend of everything in the world becoming more expensive, remaining as it does at last year’s price of £4 for any beer up to 4.5%. Ticket cost is pretty reasonable too, coming in at £8 which includes a souvenir pint or half pint glass (your choice) to take home with you, assuming you can remember where you live at the close of play.