The Happening will be held from Thursday, June 20, to Saturday, June 22, in a purpose-built marquee at Stonehaven’s Baird Park. Organised and run entirely by volunteers the Happening is a not-for-profit event.
Bleak midwinter is here… which means it’s time for the Midsummer Beer Happening in Stonehaven to give everyone some summer fun to look forward to by announcing its dates for next year
For three days, from Thursday June 20 to Saturday June 22, the phenomenally popular celebration of brilliant beer, fantastic food and marvellous music will attract some 5,500 people to the North-east town.
And it’s a banner year for the event, said organiser Robert Lindsay, marking the 10th anniversary of the first beer festival held in Stonehaven.
“We’ve been hard at work putting together a Happening that will celebrate a decade of offering the finest choice of beer we can find, along with award-winning food and a dizzying array of musical talent, all while raising more than £125,00 in total for local charities” said Robert.
“There will be a few surprises, too, to make this 10th anniversary an occasion to remember, and not just for the 120 plus beers we will have from around the UK, across the continent and from the US.”
Robert said it was fitting to announced the dates on the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year, as the Happening will fall on the summer solstice, the longest day.
“Think of it as an early Christmas present – especially as we are opening entries for our cycling sportive on christmas day.
The Happening’s cycling event, introduced four years ago, has grown in popularity to become one of the most sought-after events in Scotland’s cycling calendar, offering three challenging routes over 52, 72 and 100 miles.
Robert said general tickets for the Happening will go on sale in the spring for the event, run entirely by volunteers, held in a purpose-built marquee in the town’s Baird Park.
“We have come a long way since 2009 when a group of friends, with a common passion for beer, decided to hold the first Stonehaven Real Ale Festival in the Town Hall,” said Robert, founder of the town’s Six°North Brewery.
“I remember some anxious moments before we opened the doors for the first time wondering if anyone would turn up – we needn’t have worried.
“From the very outset the people of Stonehaven and the north-east have flocked to support us. So much so that we outgrew the Town Hall – we had people queuing out the door for more than an hour.
“There wasn’t a bigger venue in the town so we decided to create our own, by building a purpose-built marquee in Baird Park.”
Robert said that allowed the Happening organisers to welcome many more guests, add an alfresco food court with award-winning street food vendors, expand the music strand and add the sportive, which last year attracted 800 riders.
The Happening is now seen as a major attraction not just for Stonehaven but for the whole of the north-east, attracting visitors from across the UK and further afield.
But Robert said organisers are most proud of the contribution the event has made for local good causes.
“When we started out we decided it would be a not-for-profit event with money raised going to charities that work in Stonehaven. We have always believed the money raised in the town should stay in the town.
“We find it incredible that since 2009, the beer festival has raised more than £125,000 for good causes, making a huge difference to people’s lives. We couldn’t have done that without all the support and goodwill shown to us by our sponsors, the people of Stonehaven and the north-east and the army of volunteers who make the Happening happen.
“We are delighted to announce our dates for next year and can’t wait to see everyone at the Happening this midsummer.”
The Beer Happening doesn't just happen, if you'll pardon the pun.
It couldn't go on without the hard work of the volunteers who put it together, man the pumps and look after you while you are here. Our thanks to them and to the sponsors and organisations who supported us.
They all make it possible for us to say to you, "Welcome to the Happening and cheers."
Robert Lindsay Organiser
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On tap will be over 140 of the best craft beers and real ales from Scotland and the UK, plus the finest Belgium has to offer. We'll have enough to ensure the Happening keeps happening up until we call time at 11pm on Saturday.
On first night of the Happening we offer a VIP five course beer dinner, each course matched with beer and presented by our beer sommelier. Arrive at the Marine Hotel for your dinner at 5.30pm, dine and imbibe then walk along the picturesque beach esplanade to the Beer Happening for around 7.30pm.
The DINAEDO (100m), REDO (70m), the UNDO (52m) with up to 8,100ft of climbing all within 30 miles of Stonehaven!
All three events offer a different challenge and difficulty level, with the prospect of some great beer afterwards, be prepared for the big climbs and spectacular views.
Good beer demands good food! So it’s just as well that here at the Midsummer Beer Happening we'll have some tasty treats to offer you throughout the night.
As always, great music will form the soundscape of the Midsummer Beer Happening. Expect some superb bands, some quirky surprises, and three days of brilliant entertainment to ensure you have cool tunes with your cold beer.
Once again we'll be pitching up under canvas in Stonehaven's Baird Park. Lets hope the weather is as good as the beer!