Scotland’s newest craft beer festival announced

SCOTLAND’S biggest collaborative craft beer festival will be held in Glasgow this September, with the three-day event taking place in the city’s Drygate brewery.

The festival will be held at the Drygate Brewery this September. Picture: John Devlin
The festival will be held at the Drygate Brewery this September. Picture: John Devlin

The Craft Beer Rising event will be split across four sessions over three day and will feature tastings, street food, talks and brweing demonstrations.

People who attend the festival will be offered the chance to sample up to 200 beers from 45 local and international breweries, including Tempest Brew Co, Siren, Beavertown, Thistly Cross Cider, Pilot Brew Co and Harbour.

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Daniel Rowntree, who created Craft Beer Rising with co-founder Chris Bayliss in 2012, believes Glasgow is the perfect setting for the festival: “Born out of a desire to create a culturally awesome beer festival, Craft Beer Rising is about discovery and adventure as well as creating an environment where everyone – from adventurous foodies to music lovers, craft beer novices to aficionados – can get involved.,” he explained.

“When looking for a location outside of London, we were instantly drawn to Glasgow. The city’s emerging craft beer scene is hugely exciting and is something that breweries from all over the world want to be a part of.”

He also said that he was looking forward to working in partnership with the new Drygate brewery, adding: “Craft Beer Rising has traditionally been held within the walls of a brewery; our festival at Drygate being no exception. Not only is Drygate one of the coolest places to experience craft beer in Scotland, it’s also powered by a collective of people who share the same ethos as us – to take people on an immersive journey through craft beer culture and beyond.”

Alessandra Confessore, a brewer for Drygate, is looking forward to the collaboration, and said: “From the very beginning, Drygate has been inspired by the spirit of collaboration. We can’t wait to open our doors to Craft Beer Rising and have the opportunity to create experimental beers and share ideas with some of the world’s most forward thinking breweries as part of the festival.”

Over 3,000 people are expected to attend the event.

• Tickets for Craft Beer Rising at Drygate are on sale now for £20 from