Berwick beer festival

As The Hairy Bikers intimate in this month’s Fidget Pie recipe, where would a pie be without beer? Here’s a couple of Border beer updates to keep you posted.

Berwick Beer Festival runs from September 9-11, when tipplers can ‘research’ Cuillin Beast, the Champion Beer of Scotland from the Isle of Skye Brewing Company, Jarl from Fyne Ales, voted Overall Scottish Champion Beer by the Society of Independent Brewers Association, and Oscar Wilde from the Mighty Oak Brewery, voted CAMRA champion beer of Britain 2011.

There’s also four award-winning ales from the Highland Brewing Company – Orkney Blast, Orkney Best and Dark Munro and Orkney IPA (winner of an international gold medal in 2011) – and Brewdog Brewery’s 5am Saint, voted the Champion Craft Beer in a Keg this year by the SIBA, as well as Leghorn and YPA from Roosters Brewery, the gold and silver medal summer ales at the World Beer Cup in Chicago.

Find out more at www.berwick foodfestival.com.

The second piece of news is that Kelso’s Tempest Brewery is bottling new craft beers, adding to the list of bold flavours already sold from the pumps at Kelso’s Cobbles Inn. This summer Tempest begins experimenting with unique monthly bottled beers, such as porter steeped with cola nut and bourbon barrel oak chips, dark-chocolaty porter flavoured by aged rum barrel chips soaked in whisky, and sweet, dark German altbier.

Keep a lookout for these at The Cobbles and bars throughout the Borders, and on their website www.tempestbrewingco.com.