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Our Story

For the Love of Adventure

About Brewhemia

Our story is one steeped in adventure, a love of great food, drinks and a passion for theatrics. A haven for those with a thirst for discovery, tank fresh beer, artisan coffee, fresh Scottish scran, cocktails and super fine wine. Indulge your senses and share in the wonder of Brewhemia.

For the Love of Adventure

About Brewhemia

Our story is one steeped in adventure, a love of great food, drinks and a passion for theatrics. A haven for those with a thirst for discovery, tank fresh beer, artisan coffee, fresh Scottish scran, cocktails and super fine wine. Indulge your senses and share in the wonder of Brewhemia.

Dress Code

Brewhemians are a dapper bunch, we request that all guests dress appropriately and not for getting the messages. If it’s on Geordie Shore you won’t get through the door. No fancy dress and no football colours.

Opening Times

MON: 11:00 – 22:00
TUE: 11:00 – 22:00
WED: 11:00 – 22:00
THU: 11:00 – 22:00
FRI: 11:00 – 22:00
SAT:11:00 – 22:00
SUN: 11:00 – 22:00

Bookings

Book online for dining parties of up to 8, for larger bookings fill out the enquiry and we’ll give you a call.

Children and families are welcome daily until 10pm.

Dogs

We call them Pawhemians and they’re welcome all day every day as long as they abide by the doggy rules.

We always try and save space for walk in customers but booking in advance is recommended.

Our Story

1860
Our Tale Begins

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In 1860 in the Scottish port of Leith as a young boy sits in his father’s lap and listens to him tell stories of Elizabeth Stuart – The Winter Queen.

The boy is fascinated to hear that his long distant relative was royalty, how she almost inherited the English throne and how in the end she travelled to Europe, to a little known and intriguing place called Bohemia. How she became the Queen there and was beloved of the free thinking, adventure loving people before returning to Britain to live out her life, forever remembered as the Winter Queen, the Queen of Bohemia.

1870
Flying the nest

As the boy grew his fascination with the stories grew with him, he longed to visit this place, to meet the people, to live the life.

And so on his eighteenth birthday he waved goodbye to his father and struck out for Bohemia, for the Czech Republic, following in the footsteps of the Winter Queen. What he found was everything the stories had promised. It was unconventional, avant-garde, free thinking and artistic. The local beer flowed freely from giant copper tanks as they partied, sang and danced from dusk till dawn without a care in the world.

1884
Munich Oktoberfest

After a decade in Bohemia, on the advice of his father, he travelled from the Czech Republic to see the bierhalles in the hills of Bavaria.

Robert was astounded at the Munich Oktoberfest, awed at the atmosphere and quickly fell in love with the lifestyle, beer and schnapps that epitomised the huge parties, festivals and music. The spirit of the people and the incredible bier served in giant steins reminded him of the long hedonistic nights in Bohemia.

1890
Pompeo Molmenti

At the Oktoberfest of 1890 Robert, or Rabbie as the locals knew him, met an enigmatic Italian called Pompeo Molmenti who was visiting from Venice.

He regaled Robert with tales of a sparkling wine called Prosecco which came from a region near his home, how the bubbles danced on your tongue and made ladies eyes sparkle. This was more than enough to persuade young Rabbie to leave Munich and head south for the beautiful port of Venice.

. . .
Venezia

Rabbie developed a love for the incredible Prosecco, the outrageous evenings which marked the Italian summer season and the masquerade balls.

The downside to the decadent nights was, as it always has been, the morning after. Luckily the passionate locals knew how to combat this using their incredible coffee. Soon Rabbie was taken on by a little Nona with her own cafe and she taught him everything she knew about coffee. The next few years passed in a blur of dancing, brewing & amazing local food until the summer of 1896.

1896
Love

When Rabbie saw her at the Grand Ball he knew his life had changed forever.

Her name was Amelie Dubois and she had come to visit Venice in the spring. She reminded him of the gypsy girls he had met in Bohemia and he fell in love with her so suddenly that without a second thought, Rabbie was following her back to Paris.

. . .
Paris

Instantly the free ideals of Paris resonated with him and so Rabbie stayed for years, working in the Moulin Rouge as a cocktail waiter alongside Amelie, his can-can dancing love and soon to be bride.

There was nothing else like the cabaret & show that epitomised the Moulin Rouge so it was with a heavy heart that Rabbie returned to Scotland with his infant son after the death of his beloved wife.

After years of late night debauchery in the underground scene of the Montmartre, a part of Rabbie was looking forward to something close to his heart.

1903
Auld Reekie

He took his boy back to Auld Reekie where in 1903 he found work in the newly built and most splendid Scotsman Newspaper headquarters.

Rabbie worked hard and quickly developed a friendship with Charles Alfred Cooper the newspaper’s dynamic editor. Both men shared a love of malt whisky, hunting game, fresh seafood and of course that most British of drinks…tea!

1917
The Highlands

At the age of 67 and retired now to a quiet life in the Highlands of Scotland, Rabbie was taken ill, possibly the broken heart from the loss of his beloved Amelie eventually took its toll.

He spent his last few days talking to his now grown up son, recounting tales of his life, the story of the Elizabeth Stuart and the things he had seen.

2017

Brewhemia Is born

Exterior of Brewhemia Edinburgh on Market street, decorated with lights and the Peacock flowers

The Czech beer tanks, the incredible Bohemian people, amazing bierhalles in Germany, the cabaret & cocktails in Paris, the Prosecco parties and cafes in Italy and most of all; the heritage and flavours of his Scottish roots. When he passed, Rabbie’s son vowed that he would enjoy the same experiences and pass them onto his son and so forth. The last great, great grandson listened hard and had the same burning desire and passion for all of these great things. In fact, he loves them so much he brought then altogether in an incredible and amazing mix, the most fantastic place with the spirit of old Rabbie, housed in the place where his great, great grandfather had worked so hard.

We like to think we were born to brew, made to bake and that we live to party…..just as Rabbie did! In fact, we believe it so much, we’re named after his journey.

Welcome to Brewhemia – The Spirit of Rabbie’s Legacy.

An ode to Rabbie…

Scotland’s only Beer Palace is a fitting place to showcase the thinking man’s selection of tank beers. With more tanks and more beers than anywhere else in the UK our fearless tank champions travel Europe and the UK to hand deliver the freshest nectar this side of Bohemia. Couple this with 12 showcase beers on tap, homemade schnapps, cocktails conceived by our very own Brewhemians, Prosecco aplenty and 150 gins and you’ll see why we call it a palace.

Scottish Scran

Rabbie enjoyed the finer things in life and was never one to miss a meal. Our kitchen is proud to prepare fresh, local food everyday for the Caffe, Taproom and Beer Palace. There’s some Bohemian inspired fare as befits our beers but also a celebration of Rabbies Scottish roots – from wild, free range haggis to the ultimate beer battered fish and chips.

The Spirit of Rabbie’s Legacy

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