Do you love beer? If so then you’re in very good company in Edinburgh (and I don’t just say that because I’m here). Edinburgh’s discenring beer drinkers who are keen to avoid mass produced trash have a plethora of options – find out about a few in part 1 of our Beer Guide – but we’re not just limited to bars, our wonderful city has a very rich brewing history and today we’re home to numerous wonderful brewers. We talked about Stewart Brewing a lot in the Autumn, but recent beer adventures have been focusing on the wonderful Innis & Gunn and their beautiful HQ on Randolph Crescent.
Innis & Gunn
In the last couple of months my friends and I have had the pleasure of visiting Innis & Gunn HQ a couple of times, joining them to sample some beers and try new ideas. We went to a Beer and Cheese Evening that they hosted with I J Mellis Cheesemongers – which was every bit as amazing as it sounds – and a couple of weekends ago to a fantastic reinvention of Afternoon Tea: Afternoon Tea where pretty much everything had beer in it.
We’ve now met Russell, their chef, a couple of times and he’s certainly a creative guy, it’s clear that Innis & Gunn really appreciate the creativity of their staff and that development time is paying off with some really amazing ideas coming to life.
Afternoon Tea is always wonderful, but when beer is added surely it just gets better? We had mini pieces of beer bread decked out in smoked salmon patté, isle of Mull cheddar, or parma ham, Opera Cake with a beer sponge, dark chocolate and porter chocolate squares, profiteroles with beer in the pastry, cream and ganache, the list just goes on in that mouth-watering fashion. It was all heavenly, but the best part was the Confit Duck & Cranberry Sausage Rolls with homemade (beer infused) brown sauce – I’m a big fan of most things wrapped in pastry, but this was truly delicious. If you’re intrigued you can find some of the recipes on their blog – I can’t wait to try the brown sauce.
The New Town HQ of Innis & Gunn has been beautifully decorated – I’m a big fan of their very own custom made logo wall paper – it’s just such a shame that more people don’t see it. Talking to the team though, this is going to be changing soon. For those who want a bit more I&G in their lives than you can buy in the shops the team will be opening up the wonderful space they have on Randolph Crescent over the coming months with a variety of themed and events and dinners. This month, for example, will see them teaming up with MacSweens to bring you a fantastic Burns Night Supper (22nd). On the not-too-distant horizon there are also chocolate pairing evenings and their Saturday Sessions where you can taste some of their great beers. Rumour has it that there might even be some rugby related fun during the Six Nations (although this is, as yet, unconfirmed. I really hope it happens).
I’m really happy we’ve got to discover a bit more about Innis & Gunn recently, and hope to do so more in 2015. If you want to get involved why not sign up to their mailing list – you can do so right HERE.