Beer Palace, oh how I scoffed at the pretentiousness of such a grandiose statement. But Brewhemia manages to carry it off quite wonderfully.
A stunning underground space refurbished with wood and copper and lights, lots and lots of lights. There are six tanks each filled with beer direct from the Breweries unpasteurised and full of flavour, the long tables and benches (upon which dancing is encouraged) makes the space feel like a traditional Beer Hall, albeit one with a great deal of bling.
We were invited along to see the first tank get tapped, by none other than Scottish Rugby hero Finn Russell, who seemed to be having a cracking time pulling the pints.
After all the excitement passed and several pints were consumed, the live entertainment arrived on stage. This duelling piano duo (and drummer) called Howl at the Moon will play and sing almost anything you suggest. We had Elton, Billy Joel, Britney Spears (!!!) all bashed out with energy and not inconsiderable skill.
They are playing Brewhemia every Thursday during the festival in August, so head on down and check them, and the Beer Palace, out for yourselves...
Brewhemia, 1A Market St, Edinburgh EH1 1DE
Gaston and I were invited down to Brewhemia for a nose around and a beer, but the opinions are very much our own. Hopefully we'll be back to write a full review soon.