Churches and political parties have schisms, so why not beer drinkers? Some old school fans of cask ale (distinguished by a secondary fermentation in its cask) will tell you that the current craft beer revolution is sheer hokum because so many craft beers come in kegs. That means no secondary fermentation and a consequent lack of character, allegedly. Conversely there is a new wave of craft beer bars in Edinburgh where proprietors no longer make much of a distinction between cask and keg as long as the brewer concerned was looking to create something good rather than just fill a brand gap on a multinational's spreadsheet. This is all great news for thirsty, discerning drinkers as the city now has a better selection of pubs and bars than ever before, new and traditional, selling all kinds of beer that actually tastes good.
The best craft beer bars in Edinburgh
Our pick of Edinburgh's best craft beer bars, from artisan breweries to boozers that know their ale