The idea for Foot-Tapper came about two years ago when Mosset Tavern owner Gordon Brailsford and bar manager Peter Marshall realised their venue was becoming a Mecca for real ales. From a single, solitary tap in the lounge bar in 2013, the popular venue now has six ‘craft-on-draught’ real ales at any one time.
We started with just the one craft beer on tap, and it’s grown from there. Beer drinkers come to the Mosset Tavern because of the choice we have on tap. Peter and I got our heads together and we thought if people are coming week after week to sample our craft beers, then we could put on a bigger event and bring in some brewers from all over Scotland.
We also wanted to make it a music event as well. We have a superb venue in the ‘back room’ as its known, and we have a stage, so we’ve booked some of the biggest names in northern music to come along and add not just a musical element, but a stonking night out.
Schiehallion from Inverness will headline and bring traditional ceilidh band sounds to the event, and we have more musical delights for you, and once they’re confirmed, we’ll let you know. But you can be sure that there’ll be top-notch entertainment all night, every night.
Upping the ‘steaks’
No beer festival is complete without food, and The Mosset Tavern already has a reputation for good food and people come from near and far to eat in our restaurant. And we’re going to ‘up the steaks’ for the festival by offering Mosset-style street food with a Scottish-Cajun twist, which will be designed specifically to accompany the strong craft beers that are being served.
Let the spirits be gin
We also know that if people want to bring their friends and partners who don’t drink beer, we’ll put on something for them too. So if you don’t drink beer, we’re pretty sure you’ll take a shine to our gin-tastic sideshow. More details on that to come.
Free taster evening
On Thursday 5 April, we’re holding a free preview evening, where you can sample the beers, talk to the brewers and buy last-minute tickets (if there’s any left). There’s no fee to enter, just pay for your drinks, and get a taste for what Foot-Tapper is going to bring to Forres.”