28th - 30th June 2018

Baird Park – Stonehaven

There's only one way to beat the midwinter blues…

…by looking forward to the Midsummer Beer Happening in Stonehaven.

Dates for Scotland’s biggest summer beer festival under canvas have been unveiled and we expect thousands of fans to flock to the hugely popular event from Thursday, June 28, to Saturday, June 30.

As December 21 is the winter solstice, we thought people would like to be reminded of warm summer sunshine and cold beers by announcing dates for the forth Midsummer Beer Happening in Stonehaven.

We have been working hard in the past few months to line up a great selection of beers from right across the United Kingdom as well as Belgium.

We will once again have a fantastic music offering from the finest local talent, an al fresco food court with award-winning producers and there will also be some surprises in store to help make this our biggest and best year yet.

All of that adds up to a vibrant, friendly and simply wonderful beer festival which is now one of the most popular events in the North-east calendar, attracting people from across Scotland and further afield.

Last year the Happening attracted a record-breaking 5,300 visitors to our purpose-built marquee in the Baird Park, where they sampled 140 different beers and ales, hand-picked to represent the best available brews, enjoyed local music talent and the finest of local street food.

But the Happening is more than just about the beer, music and food. As a non-profit event, run entirely by volunteers, we were able to raise £27,500 for charities and good causes based in and around Stonehaven.

As Stonehaven always supports the Happening, it is only right the Happening supports Stonehaven and we are always delighted and proud to pay back to the community and we are looking forward to doing that again in 2018.

Also returning next June will be the Happening’s Sportive, which has become a huge draw for cyclists from around the country, offering challenging courses across the hills and dales of the Mearns, ranging from 52 to 100 miles, and involving some gruelling climbs.

Beer and bikes are two of the fastest growing passions in the country and the Happening offers the finest examples of both. Little wonder we had more than 700 riders last year!

We take pride in offering an event which is loved by so many people and which gives Stonehaven such a massive boost through the influx of thousands of visitors over three days.

When we first started out with the Stonehaven Real Ale Festival in 2009, our aim was to put on a beer festival and have fun. We wanted to stage the sort of festival which we, as beer lovers ourselves, would want to go to, and we feel with the Beer Happening we've acieved that… we hope you do too.

Tickets will go on sale in the New Year, so keep an eye out below for updates.

We are looking forward to seeing familiar faces return next year and welcoming new ones too. So, put the date in your diary and we'll see you in June.

Thanks to our Sponsors

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

  • sixnorth
  • The Bay
  • Bike Remedy
  • Boundary Creative
  • Harviestoun
  • Muir Motors
  • Stonehaven Cycling Club

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craft beer

Beer Happening

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 midnight on Saturday.

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Vip dinner

Beer Dinner

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.

Cycle Sportive

Cycle Sportive

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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fine food

Good Food

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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great music

Cool Music

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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find us


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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Midsummer Beer Happening Gallery

Midsummer Beer Happening ? Stonehaven 2018