16th – 18th June 2016

Baird Park – Stonehaven

A thank you to you all, we did it again!

The Midsummer Beer Festival in Stonehaven is the toast of local good causes after its runaway success raised a staggering £24,000 for charity.

The three-day event saw 4,500 visitors flock to a purpose-built marquee in the town’s Baird Park last weekend to enjoy Scotland’s biggest beer festival, with 140 of the finest brews, the best of local produce and some of the best bands and musicians in the North-east.

The success of the weekend means the not-for-profit event, run entirely by volunteers, is now able to give £8,000 each to Stonehaven Sea Cadets, Home-Start Kincardine, and the youth development programme of Mackie FP Rugby Club.

Festival organiser Robert Lindsay said: “It was an incredible weekend with an incredible turnout – especially in what are tough times for so many - and we cannot thank people enough for coming along to support us.

“It is down to them that three really great causes will benefit from so many people having such a good time.

“They turned the marquee into one huge, good-natured party for three days solid. Just standing watching so many people enjoying themselves, having a drink, a laugh, a dance, was just such a great feeling for all the volunteers who put so much into staging the event.”

The charities who will benefit were also delighted at the amount raised, with each of them providing the volunteers who manned the pumps during the festival.

Drew Lawson, sailing principal for Stonehaven Sea Cadets, said: “All our volunteers who worked on the bar had a great time – made even better by the £8,000 we will now be able to put towards our new headquarters.”

Richard Cochrane, mini/youth coordinator of Mackie FP RFC, said: “What a fantastic achievement from what has been a fantastic event for Stonehaven. This money will be a real boost for the development of young rugby talent here in the town.”

Cate Garrow, senior co-ordinator with Home-Start Kincardine, said: “Thanks to all the people who came along to enjoy the Happening we will now be able to support even more families in the Kincardine and Mearns with at least one child under five years old.”

The Happening was about more than just beer, food and music – it also had a hugely successful cycling sportive attached, with 400 riders taking on a challenging Redo 70 mile route over the Cairn o Mount twice or a shorter Undo route of 50 miles, taking in the Cairn o Mount once.

Robert said: “The response from the cyclists has been amazing, with so many of them saying how much they enjoyed the sportive.

“Add that to the wave of warmth and thanks from visitors for the whole of the Happening and I think it’s safe to say this is not just the biggest beer festival in Scotland, but one of the friendliest.

“Again, I cannot thank enough those who came to support it and the tireless volunteers who made it happen.”

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Beer Happening

Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Weekend


Beer Dinner

Thursday 16th June


Cycle Sportive

Saturday 18th 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 and we'll have enough 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 17.30, dine and imbibe then walk along the picturesque beach esplanade to the beer happening for around 19.30.

Cycle Sportive

Cycle Sportive

The “REDO” is back! Taking on the Cairn O’ Mount in both directions. A challenge that brings its own reward – as well as the prospect of some great beer afterwards and refreshments at well known Mearns farm stores. Be prepared for the big climbs and spectacular views – this route will be a challenge that brings its own reward.

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great 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.

the 2016 line-up

fine 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.

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find us

How to 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 2015


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Thanks to our 2016 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