BEER-LOVERS we have a special Valentine present for you – as tickets for one of Scotland’s biggest beer festivals go on sale Friday February 14.
We expect places to be snapped up for this three-day celebration of brewing, along with award-winning food and outstanding musical talent, held from Thursday June 18 to Saturday June 20.
Organiser Robert Lindsay said: “Everyone loves a great weekend – and they don’t come much better than the Midsummer Beer Happening. Almost as soon as last year’s event, which attracted 6,000 people, was wrapping up, we had folk clamouring to buy tickets for 2020.
So we are delighted to be able to say ‘we’re open’ for ticket sales.”
This year’s Happening will see 140 beers from across the UK, Continent and wider afield, hand-picked by the festival organisers to ensure those flocking to the purpose-built marquee in the town’s Baird Park will be able to sample the finest brews to be found.
Robert said: “We will again be inviting world-class breweries to come along and set up shop in the marquee. This not only gives people the chance to try beers, but also speak to the craftsmen and women who make them.”
The Happening is not just about the beer. There will also be it’s acclaimed al fresco food court with award-winning street food vendors. And, once again, the festival will have a rich music strand with the best of the north-east bands and musicians keeping the crowds entertained.
Robert said: “This will be the 11th beer festival put on in Stonehaven by a willing band of volunteers. Each year we change things up – such as moving to the marquee from the Town Hall six years ago.
“This year will be no different with some new twists and additions. It’s our aim to make everyone who walks through the entrance says ‘wow’. And it’s our mission to make sure we put on a three-day party that will live in folks memories for years to come.”
Robert said he was confident tickets would be in demand, judging from the response to tickets for the Happening’s cycling sportive flying out the door after they went on sale on Christmas Eve.
“We are delighted that so many people have been snapping up sportive tickets and expect the same to happen with Happening tickets from today,” said Robert, adding that details of the beers, brewers and street food vendors would be released in coming weeks.
As well as providing people with a good time, the Happening aims to do good as well. A not-for-profit event, last year it raised £52,000 for local good causes. This year’s charities will be announced later.
Robert said: “We are all really excited about what we will be doing with the Happening this year, and we want people to come along and share that excitement – and fun – with us. See you at Midsummer.”
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!
Keep up to date with all that's happening with the Happening - make sure you don't miss out!
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