10 must-visit beer shops in Edinburgh

Beer is more popular than ever, but with so many places to buy it in Edinburgh, knowing where to begin can be daunting.

Friday, 14th June 2019, 12:45 pm
These shops will fulfil all your beer needs.

Here are some of the best specialist beer shops in the capital to get you started.

Great Grog Bottle Shop is an award winning drinks merchant and their beer selection is huge. In 2018, they boasted over 420 different beers - from all over the world to an unbeatable selection of Scottish beers too.
Bottle Baron state that they have curated "some of the best artisanal drinks on offer in the UK." Reviews for the shop follow a similar pattern - that this is the place to go for beers you wouldn't be able to find anywhere else.
An independent beer merchant, The Beer Hive pride themselves on a huge selection of locally brewed beers, as well as from all over the world. They provide beer that's been bottled on their premises, straight from the "kegerator".

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Topping the list of Edinburgh beer shops on RateBeer is Salt Horse Beer Shop. Offering the option to drink in or take away, Salt Horse has every beer you could ever want, including fruity beers, gluten-free and even non-alcoholic.
A small independent retailer of beers, Cornelius is situated at the top of Easter Road and has been selling the best of Scottish beers for over ten years. They are praised for their selection of drinks and their in store music.
Only opening its doors in July of 2016, Beer Zoo has already made a name for itself as a purveyor of fine beers, stocking selection of Scottish beers direct from the brewery, as well as a "best of breed" beers from further afield.
The Edinburgh Beer Factory want you to think of their shop as a gallery, because they view their brewery as their studio. They also offer 1L and 2L growlers of brewery-fresh draught beer to take home for something different.
Touting a selection of Dutch beers where you might not find elsewhere, The Beer Cave is also passionate about craft beers. They also offer tasting sessions to allow you to familiarise yourself with their fine selection.
The Bon Vivants Companion offers an ever evolving range of beers to keep in tune with the seasons and it has a secret area that hosts a variety of bespoke events, such as product launches and private masterclasses.
A little different to the others on this list, Brewstore offers you the chance to brew your own beer with their beer brewing kits. There's a huge selection of kits available, including American Craft Beer, IPA and Festival Beer.