Beer festival is back for second year


The Forres Foot-Tapper Real Ale festival held in the Mosset Tavern last year, is coming back, and promising more beers, more music and more gin.

Held over the first weekend in April, it is one of the first beer festivals of the year, and landlord Gordon Brailsford said “following on from the success of last year, we’re doing it all again.”

He added: “We going to learn from all the great things we did last year and make them even better following feedback from the customers.

“Advance ticket sales are way ahead of last year, we know this year is going to be big. We’ll bring more beers, more ciders, we’ll bring some craft lagers, which people were asking for.

“The weekend really worked well last year, four days over the weekend, with a ‘meet the brewer’ event on Thursday. This year, we’ll have a pop-up gin bar with more than 40 gins and every imaginable mixer and garnish you can think of.”

He said there will be more music with three sets a night from seven music acts.

“Saturday is our guests’ chance to shine as well. On Saturday, we’re holding an open mic night, so whether you’re a singer, guitarist or a harmonica player, you can come along and have some fun, and if you’re good enough, I’ll buy you a beer.”

Foot-Tapper: The ‘Real’ Ale festival runs from 4–7 April 2019. More info and tickets are available at

Marc Hindley
Author: Marc Hindley

Marc has worked as journalist and photographer all over Scotland. He also runs a PR and digital marketing agency Canary Dwarf. He has lived in Forres with his wife and three children since 2001.