Beer brewing is one of Edinburgh’s oldest trades, which dates back to the 12th century monks of Holyrood Abbey. By the turn of the 20th century, it was a booming industry in the capital. And today, it continues to evolve and innovate. There are several beer and brewery tours to enjoy in Edinburgh. From walking tours where you can sample a few of the city’s best ales and beers, to detailed tours of working breweries. And, you can even brew your own beer in special craft beer kitchens!
Edinburgh Beer Tours
Meeting Point: Outside City Chambers, 253 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1YJ
Most brewery tours run in large beer factories out of town. But, if you prefer to stay within the city centre, you can enjoy a Beer Walking Tour complete with beer tasting. Explore the sites and find out more about Edinburgh’s 900 year beer-making history. You’ll make a few stops along the way, where your guide will introduce you to some of Scotland’s best beers. Then, you can then continue exploring after the tour on your own Craft Beer Map of Edinburgh.
Edinburgh Beer Factory
Unit 15 Bankhead Industrial Estate, Edinburgh, EH11 4EQ
Discover the story behind Edinburgh Beer Factory, a family-run craft beer factory in Edinburgh. It’s the home of Paolozzi Lager, which was inspired by Edinburgh-born Pop Artist Eduardo Paolozzi. Here, they believe that beer, and especially lager, is about more than just liquid. It’s an experience! Their brewers will walk you through the lager-making process, from blank canvas to final masterpiece. You’ll even get the chance to taste the raw ingredients and the unfiltered brew.
26a Dryden Road, Bilston Glen Ind Estate, Loanhead, EH20 9LZ
Stewart Brewing is an independent brewery with a shop and Craft Beer Kitchen. Husband and wife team Steve and Jo Stewart set it up in 2004. Their team love meeting customers, showing them around the brewery and explaining how beer is made. There’s also the opportunity to brew your own beer in their popular Craft Beer Kitchen facility. Here, you’ll be guided through the whole brewing process, from choosing a recipe and understanding the roles of hops and malt, through to bottling and labelling your creation three weeks later. The Craft Beer Kitchen is a unique and memorable experience for everyone.
So, whether you’re a complete beer novice or a self-proclaimed beer geek, you’ll find a great choice of Beer and Brewery Tours in Edinburgh.