The global explosion in microbreweries (I’m not a fan of the phrases ‘craft beer’ or ‘artisan beer”) finds its Edinburgh home at Andrew Usher & Co.
But it also hosts brewers like California’s Beavertown which I would not describe as micro nor would I classify Berlin’s Stone Brewing in that fashion – a regular on the taps here.
The Usher family were Victorian brewers and philanthropists who gave their name to the copper topped Usher Hall on Lothian Road (a great vast concert hall for classical music). This is a great vast concert hall for a symphony of beers that rewards repeat visits because you will never find the same selection on tap.
Situated in a cosy basement in the University district of Edinburgh, it offers a rapidly changing ensemble of guest draught beers and a library of bottled beers probably unrivalled in the city (maybe Scotland).
The bar staff are friendly and knowledgeable and they’ll let you taste the (mainly) keg, rather than cask, beers on offer. (Funny how cask ale has had such an overlook in these the days of proper beer getting in your face. And it’s ironic because Ushers Heavy was a rubbish Scottish keg beer in the ’60s/’70s that didn’t do the brewery’s reputation any good. It’s gone now.)
The fish and chips, burgers and hot dogs get good write ups too.
IMHO, it’s the best bar in Edinburgh.