WHAT The Midsummer Beer Happening in Stonehaven announces its dates for 2020 and “locks in” the third weekend in June for future years. Also, entries for its popular cycling sportive will open on Christmas Eve.
WHEN The Happening is a celebration of the craft of brewing, along with great street food and top musical entertainment from Thursday, June 18, to Saturday, June 20.
WHERE The Happening is held in a purpose-built marquee in Stonehaven’s Baird Park.
WHO The Midsummer Beer Happening in Stonehaven is a not-for-profit event organised by local beer fans.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Midsummer, as one of Scotland’s biggest and most-popular beer festivals unveils its dates for 2020.
The Midsummer Beer Happening in Stonehaven will be held from Thursday June 18 to Saturday June 20 – and has “locked in” dates for future years. The massive event, which attracts thousands of visitors to a purpose-built marquee in the town’s Baird Park, will always be held on the third weekend in June.
As an added bonus, entries for the 2020 Happening’s sportive – one of the biggest cycling sportive events of its kind in Scotland – will open on Christmas Eve.
Organiser of the Midsummer Beer Happening, Robert Lindsay, said: “With the winter solstice almost upon us, we thought we’d brighten the long dark nights with some good news about the Happening at the summer solstice.
“Even as we were packing up last year’s 10th anniversary festival, people were asking us for the dates for the next one. Not only can we now reveal those, we can also let people know to always keep the third weekend in June clear so they can join in the fun of this three day celebration of brilliant beer, fantastic food and marvellous music.”
This will be the Stonehaven beer festival’s 11th outing and follows a barnstorming celebration of its first decade which saw records tumble for not only visitor numbers, attracting 6,000 people, but also charity fundraising, with £52,000 raised for local good causes.
Robert said: “Our challenge now is to make the Happening bigger and better for everyone who comes along to enjoy the party – and we do like a challenge!
“After all, it has grown from a festival of Scottish real ale organised by some beer fans in Stonehaven’s Town Hall to one of the biggest events in the north-east – if not the country – with a huge array of beer from the best brewers across the UK, Europe and North America, street food from award-winning local producers and the finest musical talent the north-east has to offer.
“All of that has been achieved by a willing and hard-working band of volunteers staging a not-for-profit event for the sheer fun of it. We always say we are putting on the sort of beer festival we would want to go to. And we are delighted so many people love it, too.”
Tickets for the Happening will go on sale early in 2020, but Robert, who is founder of Stonehaven-based Six°North brewery, said he expected a rush for entries to the sportive when it opens on Christmas Eve.
“It’s our Christmas present to the 1,000 plus riders who took part and enjoyed it so much last year. And it’s the perfect last minute stocking filler for anyone who has a keen cyclist in their family,” he said.
And they do have to be keen given the sportive, held on the Saturday of the Happening, is one of the most challenging as well as the most popular in the country. It offers three routes – 52 miles, 70 and 100, all taking in the daunting Cairn o’ Mount.
“The sportive has grown each year since we launched it five years ago and it is now one of the most celebrated dates in the Scottish cycling calendar,” said Robert.
Robert said he was looking forward to welcoming everyone to the marquee next June for an event renowned for its special, welcoming, vibrant atmosphere.
“Get the date in you diary and we’ll see you when you get here,” said Robert.
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!
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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