The Midsummer Beer Happening in Stonehaven is toasting success after 5,500 visitors helped raised more than £29,000 for local good causes over the weekend.
As an added boost it now means the event has raised £125,200 for charities since it started as the Stonehaven Real Ale Festival in 2009.
Organiser Robert Lindsay said: “This year’s Happening was the best yet, with a never-ending flow of great beer, fantastic award-winning food and some absolutely brilliant bands.
“The atmosphere was just great with everyone enjoying what was basically a three day party.
“We also had more than 800 cyclists taking part in our biggest ever Happening Sportive, which now has cult status in Scotland’s cycling community. It was great to see so many coming in tired, but happy after tackling either our 52 mile, 70 mile or 100 mile routes.”
Robert said: “You won’t find a wider range and selection of beers in one place anywhere else in Scotland this summer.
“Everyone at the Happening had a smile on their faces from the moment they entered our marquee to the moment they left.”
The money raised by the Happening, which was held from Thursday to Saturday in a purpose-built marquee in the town’s Baird Park, also put a smile on the faces of the charities who will benefit.
Stonehaven Sea Cadets, Stonehaven Amateur Swimming Club and local services of Alzheimers Scotland each received £8,000.
Other donations saw £1,000 each go to Stonehaven Cycling Club, Mackie FP Rugby Club, Pillar Partnership, and Strive, the local fundraisers for rugby legend Doddie Weir’s charitable organisation. Stonehaven Lions will receive £750.
Robert said: “We are delighted to be able to help all of these good causes. Since we first started in 2009 it has always been our belief that money raised in our community should stay in our community.
“That we have been able to raise so much is a testament to the support the Happening is given by people in Stonehaven and from much, much further afield.
“That support comes from the top down at the Happening as everyone involved is a volunteer. Without the army of people willing to give up their time, talent and energy we wouldn’t be able to stage it all. I cannot thank our volunteers and sponsors enough.”
With the massive clean-up operation barely complete on this year’s Happening, Robert, who is founder of Stonehaven’s six°north brewery, said organisers are already planning for Midsummer 2019.
“It’s a big year for us marking 10 years since a group of friends decided to put on a beer festival and have some fun in the Town Hall, to now staging one of the biggest and most popular beer and food events in Scotland. We plan to make it a very special Midsummer Beer Happening indeed… See you next 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!