Say cheers – tickets for the Midsummer Beer Happening in Stonehaven, one of the biggest and best events of its kind in Scotland, go on sale from March 15.
Organisers of the three-day celebration of brewing, food and music expect a rush from beer fans eager to secure their place at the hugely popular event from Thursday, June 28, to Saturday, June 30.
Happening organiser Robert Lindsay said: “People have been clamouring to find out when tickets for 2018 are going on sale so we expect demand for all three days to be quite busy.
“Also, we are releasing a limited number of our much-sought after weekend passes for this year’s Happening – when they are gone, they are gone.”
The event, which takes place in a purpose-built marquee in the town’s Baird Park, will feature more than 120 different beers, handpicked from breweries the length and breadth of Britain, as well as further afield, including Belgium, Germany and the US.
Robert said: “You won’t find a wider range and selection of beers in one place anywhere else in Scotland this summer.
“We’ve been hard at work to bring back old favourites and discover new beers for visitors to discover and enjoy.”
The Happening isn’t just about the beers. It also has an al fresco food court with street food from award-winning producers, as well as a rich musical programme featuring the cream of North-east talent.
As if that wasn’t enough, the Happening also offers a hugely popular cycling Sportive, on the Saturday, with three different runs ranging from 52 miles to 100 miles.
Robert said: “We opened entries for the Sportive last month and tickets have been flying out the door. That’s why we are anticipating a blizzard of interest with general ticket sales from today.”
Robert said: “This is our fourth Midsummer Beer Happening in Stonehaven and we are constantly refining and improving the event, adding new touches to delight beer fans.
“All the volunteers involved take great pride in the fantastic, friendly and vibrant atmosphere of the Happening, which last year saw a record-breaking 5,000 people come through the entrance of the marquee.
“As in previous years, the money we raise will go to local charities – last year we were able to disburse £27,500 to good causes.
“That’s all thanks to the people who come along and support the Happening. We’re looking forward to welcoming everyone back in June.”
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Once again we'll be pitching up under canvas in Stonehaven's Baird Park. Lets hope the weather is as good as the beer!
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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