Around 5,000 beer fans will descend on a North-east community this week for one of Scotland’s biggest summer drinks festivals.
The Midsummer Beer Happening in Stonehaven will offer 140 different beers from breweries across Britain, Ireland and Belgium.
The event, running from Thursday to Saturday in a purpose-built marquee in the town’s Baird Park, will raise money for three local charities this year – Stonehaven Sea Cadets, Stonehaven Tennis Club and the Stonehaven fundraising group for Guide Dogs For The Blind.
Organiser Robert Lindsay said: “The Midsummer Beer Happening is now recognised as one of the best beer festivals in the country, you would be hard-pressed to find such a large and diverse range of beers and ciders in one place at any other event this summer.
“Not only that, the Happening has the cream of local musical talent playing over the three days, plus an al fresco street food court, with award-winning producers offering fish and chips, burgers, pizza and even ice cream.”
As a not-for-profit event it ploughs profits back into local charities and good causes.
Robert said: “We are delighted to be helping such great causes.
“In particular, we hope to raise enough money to help pay for a guide puppy’s training and be given the honour of naming that puppy. We thought we’d get visitors’ help by asking them to choose from a shortlist of three names – Summer, Topaz and Zeus, all types of hops used in beer making.
“At the festival, we will have three barrels with each name on them. Visitors can vote for their favourite by popping in any leftover beer tokens at the end of the night.
“The name with the most tokens wins and all the revenue generated from the barrels will go to the Guide Dog fundraising group.”
Robert praised the volunteers who make the festival happen.
He said: “Everyone working at the event, from the folk welcoming you at the door, to those pulling pints and saying goodbye to you at the end of a great night are freely giving up their time to make the Happening a success. I can’t thank them, or our many sponsors, enough.”