Competition: North Hop is coming to Edinburgh and you can win tickets right here!

FOLLOWING THE SUCCESS of their craft beer festivals in Aberdeen and Inverness, North Hop have added dates in Edinburgh and Glasgow to their 2016 calendar. The festivities begin in the capital at the Assembly Rooms, on Saturday 5th March and the team have paired up with Phil's Food World to give one lucky reader the chance to win a pair of tickets to attend the afternoon session.

Serving up an exciting mixture of craft beers, cocktails, street food and live music, North Hop is the biggest celebration of craft beer culture in Scotland, expecting to attract over 8,000 visitors over this four date extravaganza. 

Festival organiser, Michelle Russell, cannot wait for the tour to begin: "To be taking North Hop 2016 'on the road' is incredibly exciting, What started as a wee festival in the Highlands has now evolved into a year-round, nationwide programme celebrating the very best that craft beer culture in Scotland has to offer.  What's more, all the dates are indoors, so we won't be at the mercy of the Scottish weather!"

On the day, visitors can sample a wide variety of different styles of beer in a selection of cask, keg, bottles and cans from 13 of Scotland's finest brew houses, including Stewart Brewing, WooHa, Fallen, Drygate, Windswept, Tempest and Edinburgh Beer Factory.  There will also be a cocktail lounge featuring mixology and drinks from 10 Dollar Shakes, Solid Liquids and Bijou Wine, while Leith-based newcomer, Electric Spirit Co., have created an exclusive small-batch gin that is only available at the Edinburgh leg of the tour.

To celebrate the festival, local beer masters, Stewart's Brewing, have concocted a limited-edition brew named 'Moscow Mule Saison - Festival Brew'.  Inspired by the popular cocktail, Head Brewer, Bruce Smith, said of the Festival Brew: " With North Hop bringing together so many elements of craft beer, craft spirits, and cocktails, I took inspiration from the classic vodka cocktail, The Moscow Mule.

"The Fresh, Saison-style beer will be infused with lime and ginger and will have a distinct citrus characteristic from the blend of American hops we're using; Mosaic, Belma, Crystal and Willamette." 

If that wasn't enough, there will also be some delightful street food on offer from the excellent El Cartel, delicious Scotch eggs (does anything else go better with beer!?) from Aye Love Real Food, and seasonal Scottish-sourced dishes from Fresh Revolution.

The festival will then head back up north to Aberdeen (30th April - 1st May) before making its debut in Glasgow (18th-19th June), culminating in an as yet to be announced venue in the Highlands.  Each date will feature an afternoon and evening session lasting five hours (12pm-5pm and 7pm-12am), with tickets priced at £17.50.

All you have to do to win a pair of tickets for the afternoon session at the Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh is answer this simple question (strictly over 18s only):

What spirit is used to make a Moscow Mule cocktail?

A) Gin

B) Vodka

C) Whisky

Send your answers HERE to be in with a chance of winning. Competition closes at 9pm on Friday 26th February and a winner will be picked at random.  

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