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21st September 2023

Moonwake Taproom named Scotland’s best beer destination

The Leith brewery won this esteemed award just two weeks after winning four awards for its beers

Moonwake Beer Co. won Best Beer Destination at this year’s Scottish Beer Awards. The award-winning venue first opened in September 2021, they opened the beer garden last Summer and launched its first beer festival this July.

The judges noted the brewery’s dedication to accessibility and inclusivity when announcing the award. The brewery has been fully wheelchair accessible since its inception with the majority of its budget for the taproom going towards an accessible lift.

Sarah Sinclair, Marketing & Events Manager said: “The team is proud to have our taproom and our brewery’s values recognised with this award. We wish to say a huge thank you to everyone who has come from near and far to enjoy a pint with us. We are now even more excited to further our goals for the taproom, cooking up more events than ever before.”

The same evening the brewery won this award it also took home a bronze award for Dry-Hopped Stout winning in Best Porter or Stout. This beer was brewed in collaboration with the local group, Women In Beer, to advocate for a more inclusive beer industry.

Two weeks prior, Moonwake won four awards at the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) regional keg awards. Moonwake’s Lager won gold for Premium Lager, Weissbier won gold for Continental-Style Beer, Pale Ale won bronze for Pale Ale and West Coast IPA, a collaboration with Newcastle’s Full Circle Brew Co., won bronze for IPA.

In the next month, Moonwake Taproom will be showing the Rugby World Cup and old Halloween movies while also hosting its first Oktoberfest celebration this weekend and their Leith Autumn Brewery Market on the 7th and 8th of October. Keep an eye out as they announce their part in Elusive Brew’s Collabageddon and dates for their Leith Christmas Brewery Market.

Moonwake Taproom is an open and embracing space where you can enjoy their beer overlooking the kit where it was brewed. The taproom has outside seating, is fully wheelchair accessible and is dog-friendly. Since this Spring, they have been family-friendly and welcoming under-18s until 6pm each evening.

In addition to their beer and rotation of guest beers, Moonwake stocks sustainable wines, local spirits and an array of local soft drinks. They will always have alcohol-free, gluten-free and veggie/vegan choices available.

Visit Moonwake Taproom, 6A Tower Street, Leith EH6 7BY, on the 7th & 8th of October. The market is open 12-5 pm on both days and the taproom is open 12-10 pm on Saturday and 12-8 pm on Sunday.

Notes to the editor: 

Image 1: (our team are the three in the middle) From left to right: Hannah – Taproom Manager, Katie – Taproom Bar Staff, Finlay Heslop – Director

Moonwake: “the moon’s reflection on a body of water” speaks to the brewery’s Leith Shore location, the importance of water as an ingredient, and our beers’ reflection of our combined experience.

Established in 2021 by a team with extensive craft beer and brewing careers. We brew with mindful intention on modern kit using quality ingredients.

Our head brewer believes there is a beer out there for everyone and we create balanced beers for a wide range of people to enjoy.

Find out more about our journey on our blog. Find out about our team here.

Contact: Sarah Sinclair, Marketing & Events Manager
Phone: (+44) 0131 553 6995

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