ALE fans are being encouraged to saddle up for a gruelling challenge as part of a beer festival.
The Midsummer Beer Happening in Stonehaven is hosting a cycling sportive as part of its three day celebrations held in the town’s Baird Park.
Challenging beer-lovers to get on their bikes the event will see cyclists embark on a 72 mile route along the highways and byways of Stonehaven.
And if it wasn’t already tough enough participants will also climb the steep Cairn O’ Mount, not once but twice.
Robert Lindsay, organiser of the Midsummer Beer Happening, said: “Two of the fastest growing interests in the country right now are in craft brewing and cycling.
“We thought what could be better for the first Midsummer Happening than to bring beer and bikes together?
“We hope the sportive will attract cyclists looking for a unique challenge – the chance to enjoy the beautiful Howe O’ The Mearns countryside with a chance to tackle the daunting Cairn O’ Mount climb not once but twice.”
The Happening, created by the same team behind the Stonehaven Real Ale Festival, will be a celebration of the best beers from around the country offered in a purpose-built marquee.
But it’s not all about the drinks, a host of food vendors will also be on site to satisfy the appetite of festival-goers on the day.
Commenting on the difficulty of the sportive, Robert added: “It’s a challenging route, but there are a growing number of cyclists and many of them are keen to push and test themselves.
“The Midsummer Beer Happening Sportive will certainly do that.
“Completing this course will be a reward in itself – with the added bonus of afterwards being able to enjoy some of the 140 or so craft beers, Belgian beers and real ales the Midsummer Beer Happening has.”
The event runs from June 18 to 20 at Baird Park with the sportive taking place on the morning of the final day.