Craft Beer Rising founders bring festival to Glasgow

Drygate Craft Beer Rising Glasgow

The success of the Craft Beer Rising festival in London has led to it being extended this year to Scotland.

Featuring craft beer, street food and music under one roof, it will take place at Drygate Brewing Co in Glasgow from September 19 to 21. It will have four sessions for the public plus one specifically for the trade.

Festival-goers will be able 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. A programme of talks and demonstrations – such as live brewing from a collective of breweries – is also planned.

In keeping with Craft Beer Rising’s party-style atmosphere, cultural social platform Kiltr will curate the festival’s music line-up that includes pioneering electro funk DJ, Greig Wilson, as its headline act.

The festival is being organised after the launch of Craft Beer Rising at the Old Truman Brewery in east London last year, which was held for a second time in May.

Craft Beer Rising founder Daniel Rowntree said: “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.

“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.

“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.”

As part of Drygate’s collective of three young talented brewers, Alessandra Confessore 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.”

Tickets for Craft Beer Rising at Drygate are on sale now for £20 from, with a beer glass and £5 worth of beer tokens included. The trade session will take place on Friday September 19 from 11am to 6pm.

Craft Beer Rising was created in 2012 by Daniel with Chris Bayliss, who run marketing agency Elastic, partnering with leading beer and music experts.

Drygate, which was launched in May this year, is 10 minutes’ walk from George Square at 85 Drygate, Glasgow, G4 0UT. As the UK’s first “experiential craft brewery”, Drygate includes a 24-tap beer hall, an elevated beer garden, a bottle shop, a multifunctional venue and gallery space and a craft beer-inspired menu created by the award-winning team from The Vintage.

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