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Our monthly listing of events, seminars and tastings which we consider of interest to discerning drinkers. Those events which are drinks industry specific, or have days/periods that are industry specific are marked accordingly. Enjoy!
When: Friday 4th August
Where: Anywhere there's beer!
Obviously, a day to drink beer and perhaps a Mantini...
More info: International Beer Day
When: Friday 4th August - Monday 28th August noon-10pm daily
Where: New Waverley Development, Market Square at Sibbald Walk (just off Royal Mile), Edinburgh, EH8 8BG
Edinburgh's first ever festival dedicated to celebrating the city's booming cocktail culture. The month-long festival features cocktail bars, food-stalls, masterclasses and pop-up events.
More info: EdinburghCocktailFest.com
When: Friday 4th - Sunday 6th August
Where: Shoreditch Electric Light Station, Coronet Street, London, N1 6HD
The 5th London Craft Beer Festival presents beer and 45 breweries from around the world with a line-up of headline music acts and chefs.
More info: LondonCraftBeerFestival.co.uk
When: Tuesday 8th - Saturday 12th August
Where: Olympia, Hammersmith Road, London, W14 8UX
Over 900 ales, ciders and English wines available, including a number of specialty festival brews.
More info: GBBF.org.uk
When: Sunday 6th August
Where: Douglas Eyre Centre, 148 Coppermill Lane, Walthamstow, London, E17 7HE
The annual UK bar industry softball match.
More info: See Facebook page
When: Thursday 10th - Saturday 12th August
Where: Bars across London
London's first Espresso Martini festival. Drink Espresso Martinis for just £5 with a £10 pass.
More info: EspressoMartiniFest.com
*Bartenders & Bar Operators Only*
When: Tuesday 15th August
Where: Brighton, England
The next in this series of educational and inspirational seminars will be given by Davide Segat. Places are limited so sign up now.
More info: Jigger Beaker Glass Tour
When: Tuesday 15th - Tuesday 22nd August, Mon-Sat noon-1am, Sun noon-midnight
Where: Claridge's, Brook Street, Mayfair, London, W1K 4HR
Repeatedly voted one on the world's best bars, the folk from New York's Dead Rabbit are taking over London's Claridge's for an unmissable week during August. Claridge's snuggery will become the Dead Rabbit's 'Taproom' serving stout and Irish whiskey, while the main Claridge's Bar will be become Dead Rabbit's 'The Parlor' serving signature cocktails.
More info: claridges.co.uk
When: Wednesday 16th August
Where: Anywhere there's rum!
A day to celebrate rum - wherever you are.
More info: 10 cocktails for International Rum Day
When: Thursday 17th - Sunday 20th August
Where: Jounieh, Lebanon, Beirut
A concept created to improve Lebanese hospitality and nightlife.
More info: Beirut Cocktail Factory
When: Monday 21st - Sunday 27 August
An Instagram campaign created by Mike Yoshioka who wants "people to showcase their favorite Amari and create cocktails using them."
When: Friday 25th August
Where: Anywhere you or somebody else can knock up a Whisky Sour!
This is a celebratory day that started in America, where they have a "National Day" for every occasion.
More info: 14 of the best Whisk(e)y Sours for Whiskey Sour Day
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