Scots ale fest hailed success

AN annual beer festival dedicated to Scottish breweries has been hailed a success after attracting more than 3500 visitors.

The Scottish Real Ale Festival, now in its tenth year, was held at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange between Thursday June 28 and Saturday June 30.
Organised by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), the event featured more than 180 different beers from a wide range of breweries, including Scottish Borders Brewery, Stewart Brewing, Knops Beer Company and Loch Lomond Brewery.
That the event focuses solely on breweries from north of the border is a big draw for visitors, according to festival publicity officer Graeme Watt.
“Other festivals in Scotland have a mixture of beers from Scotland, England, Wales and even abroad, but this one event is all Scottish beer,” he said.
“We had all the very best Scottish real ale under one roof. Everyone could come and try it and see how wonderful it is and hopefully the visitors go away and start looking for it in pubs.”