15th – 17th June 2017

Baird Park – Stonehaven

Tickets are now on sale for the Midsummer Beer Happening in Stonehaven, one of Scotland’s biggest beer festivals to be held under canvas.

The Happening will be held from Thursday, June 15, to Saturday, June 17 at the Baird Park. Organised by the same team of volunteers behind the Stonehaven Real Ale Festival, the Happening is a not-for-profit event.

Just click on the buttons below and you're off! Come for one session or purchase a limited release much-sought after weekend pass for the three-day celebration of brewing.

The Happening is a heady mix of the finest real ales, craft and Belgian beers which we can find after scouring the length and breadth of the country and the Continent. There will, once again, be 140 different beers on offer at Scotland's biggest beer festival to be held under canvas, which last year attracted 4,500 visitors.

Beyond the dizzying array of beers offered at our purpose-built bar, the Happening will again offer an alfresco food court with local companies offering the best in local produce, from award-winning fish and chips to highly-acclaimed burgers and medal-winning ice cream.

In the mix will also be the Happening's renowned music strand, offering a mix of stunning local bands from the quirky to the traditional to the rising stars of the North-east's music scene.

And if you fancy a bit of exercise before your beer, the Cycling Sportive is back with an even bigger challenge to take on.

Finally, the Happening's much sought-after corporate dinner is back, where a limited number of guests can enjoy a fine dining experience at The Marine Hotel, matched with quality beers.

If all of that wasn't enough, visitors to the event will be boosting local charities, The Happening is not-for-profit, organised by a bunch of beer fans putting on the sort of festival we would want to go to. Everyone working on the Happening is a volunteer, up to and including the army of people pulling pints.

We believe any money raised in Stonehaven should stay in Stonehaven and last year we were privileged to be able to give £24,000, split between three local causes.

The Happening is about having fun, enjoying world-class beer, stunning food and brilliant music in a vibrant and friendly atmosphere. We just want as many people as possible to come along and enjoy the Midsummer magic with us. See you in June.

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Beer Happening

Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Weekend


Beer Dinner

Thursday 15th June


Cycle Sportive

Saturday 17th June

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 REDO, the UNDO and now… the “DINAEDO!” 100 miles with over 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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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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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
Midsummer Beer Happening ? Stonehaven 2016