WHAT: The 10th anniversary Midsummer Beer Happening has a fresh twist – and tickets are on sale now.
WHEN: The Happening will be held from Thursday, June 20, to Saturday, June 22, in a purpose-built marquee at Stonehaven’s Baird Park.
WHO: Organised and run entirely by volunteers the Happening is a not-for-profit event.
ONE of Scotland’s biggest beer festivals today (Thursday March 7) invited thousands of people to grab the chance to join its 10th anniversary celebrations in Stonehaven.
The Midsummer Beer Happening in Stonehaven put tickets on sale for its big birthday and expects them to be snapped up for the celebration of brewing, held from Thursday June 20 to Saturday June 22 in a purpose-built marquee in the town’s Baird Park.
Organiser Robert Lindsay said: “People have been clamouring to find out when the tickets will be going on sale, so we are delighted to be able to say ‘we’re open!’.
“And as this is the 10th anniversary of the event we will be offering a fresh twist on the Happening. Our thousands of visitors will find a new look with very special beers offered at pop-up bars - and a chance to meet the people who make them – along with some great surprises we are lining up.”
Robert said the tweaks to the festival will see a range of brewers on hand with their own bars offering not just their beers, but also to talk customers through what it is they are drinking and enjoying.
“What we are essentially creating is a market place where people can wander and enjoy some of the best beers in the world from top flight breweries, “ said Robert, founder of Stonehaven’s six°north brewery. “We have A-list breweries from around the UK coming along, plus top flight beers from across the Continent and US and at least 10 local brewers on hand. All of that, plus a 20-strong Scottish cask bar.
“With more than 120 different beers on offer there will be something to delight everyone. We know it’s going to create a vibrant special atmosphere.”
Robert said on top of all of the exciting things in the pipeline for the festival it will once again offer its hugely popular al fresco street food court with award-winning vendors and also a line-up of very best musical talent the North-east has to offer.
He said: “Tickets fly out the door every year we go on sale and we expect this special year to be busier than ever.”
Robert said stepping up the Happening for its big anniversary is a natural progression for the event, which started 10 years ago as the Stonehaven Real Ale Festival.
He said: “We were just a handful of mates who wanted to put on a beer festival and have fun. Little did we have any idea that from that first go at it in Stonehaven’s Town Hall the festival would grow into the Midsummer Beer Happening, attracting more than 5,000 visitors every year.
“It is now one of the most keenly-anticipated summer events in the north-east and a ‘must’ for beer fans from around the UK and even further afield.”
The Happening is a not-for-profit event and has seen its charity side soar exponentially, having now raised in excess of £125,000 for good causes.
“We will be announcing our charities for this year in the coming weeks,” said Robert. We know people will rise to the challenge of supporting them, and the Happening, as generously as they have done in previous years.” Robert said his confidence in support for the event has been boosted by the number of entries already for the Happening’s popular cycling sportive.
He said: “We opened entries on Christmas Day and already 350 riders have signed up. It really got this year’s Happening off to a flying start.”
The sportive offers three challenging routes over 52 miles, 70 miles and 100 miles, all of them taking in the gruelling climb over the Cairn O’ Mount.
Robert said: “The sportive is now one of the biggest and most popular non-professional road cycling events in Scotland and goes from strength to strength every year.”
He said: “This promises to be one of our most exciting festivals and we can’t wait to welcome visitors to the marquee.
“So, get you tickets, put the date in your diary and come down to see what’s happening with the Happening this 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
Keep up to date with all that's happening with the Happening - make sure you don't miss out!
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!