About Forres Foot-Tapper: The ‘Real’ Ale Festival

The idea for Foot-Tapper came about four years ago when Mosset Tavern owner Gordon Brailsford and his team 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.

After a second successful year in 2019, Foot-tapper will now become an annual event and the first Scottish beer festival of the year. It will be held on the first weekend in April (as long as it doesn’t coincide with Easter).

Cheers – the third Foot-Tapper festival is announced for 2–5 April.

Gordon says: “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.

“We 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.

Backroom beat

Seersha played in 2018

“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 featured in 2018 and 2019 and brought traditional ceilidh band sounds to the event, and each year 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. Last year, we upped our music offering and brought seven bands to the mix.

Upping the ‘steaks’

Festival food with a Cajun-Scottish twist will be served throughout the festival.

“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 Cajun-Scottish twist, which will be designed specifically to accompany the strong craft beers being served.

Let the spirits be gin

More than 40 gins will be on offer in a separate, dedicated gin bar.

“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 the Thursday before the festival opening night, 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.”

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