Head south for a taste of West

pix supplied by West Beer marketing dept''Petra Wetzel'West Beer'Westpark Brewery
pix supplied by West Beer marketing dept''Petra Wetzel'West Beer'Westpark Brewery

This Saturday (August 27) sees the return to Giffnock of an event which aims to prove there’s more to outdoor beer drinking than standing huddled in a flyblown tent at a county fair.

The Giffnock Beer Festival at GHA Rugby Club in Braidholm Road is pulling out all the stops to position itself as one of Scotland’s best niche beer and food events, and has an arguably impressive list of some of the country’s finest producers lined up.

Warm, fizzy, lukewarm and over-priced mass brand lager of the sort arguably to be found at some major public entertainment events will emphatically not be on offer.

It’s also being billed as a family-friendly day, with fairground rides and other children’s entertainment, as well as live bands, “spectcular” street food and - it being a rugby club venue - live rugby too.

The festival is being staged in association with the Craft Beer Clan of Scotland, some of whose members may be able to explain to baffled beer drinkers what the difference is between “craft beer” (not all of which is cask ale, or “real ale”) and cask ale.

Chances are most visitors won’t be bothered by the increasingly bewildering terms used to describe beer which its makers (and regular fans) insist is spectacularly better than gaseous mass volume products.

Confirmed to appear so far are brewers including Petra Wetzel’s West Brewery (based in the former Templeton’s carpet factory on Glasgow Green).

Petra, a Bavarian, has achieved major success in producing authentic German-style beer in the heart of Glasgow.

Also appearing are, for example, Drygate Brewing, Thistly Cross Cider, Clockwork Brew Co, Tempest Brewing Co, Loch Lomond Brewery and Edinburgh Beer Factory,

Tickets (https://billetto.co.uk/en/events/giffnock-beer-festival-2016) are £8, £5 for students and pensioners, and free for children.