Stonehaven’s phenomenally popular beer festival is to move to a bigger venue, on a new date and will even have a new name.
After five incredibly successful years in the Town Hall, the event - which attracts 2,000 customers - is flitting to a custom-built marquee in the town’s Baird Park.
But fans of the festival will have to wait until next summer for the event as it will no longer be held in November, confirmed organiser Robert Lindsay.
Under a new banner, the first Midsummer Beer Happening in Stonehaven will be held from From Thursday, June 18, to Saturday, June 20, as close to the longest day of the year as possible.
Robert Said: “We are going to make the festival bigger, better and more exciting than ever, with even more beers, more music and with new ideas and attractions.”
“Apart from anything else, having a beer under canvas in a green and leafy setting on a summer’s day is a real treat. It will be nice to see festival-goers turning up in shorts and shades rather than thick winter coats, hats and scarves.”
Robert said organisers felt lucky to have enjoyed enormous success and popularity in five years at the Town Hall, and can’t thank people enough for their support.
He added: “However, we feel the festival has outgrown the Town Hall. We saw people queuing for more than an hour to get in the door because we always reach the hall’s capacity very quickly,”
“We really don’t want to have people standing on the streets for that length of time on wet, bitterly cold November nights.”
Robert said one of the most frequent comments from visitors enjoying the huge range of beers and ales offered has been the question of whether there might be a bigger venue.
He said: “We have listened to what our visitors have said. There isn’t anywhere bigger which exists in Stonehaven, so we’ve decided to create our own for the Midsummer Beer Happening.
“This will not only help us let more people enjoy the Happening, it will also open up exciting new areas for the festival, such as a strand celebrating good food as much as we celebrate good beer.
“It will help us develop the music and entertainment which has been key to our success.
“But we are first and foremost a beer festival, and a larger venue will help us bring to Stonehaven a wider range of beers from real ale to craft, homegrown to further afield, including our ever popular Belgian beers.
“The world of beer has evolved almost beyond recognition since the first Stonehaven Real Ale Festival, with more styles of beers from home and abroad. We want to not just evolve with it, but see our festival lead the way, as it has done since it started.”
Robert, owner of Stonehaven’s Marine Hotel and Six Degrees North brewery, said the not-for-profit event will continue its’ aim of benefitting the community that supports it by raising money for local charities and good causes.
“The festival is very much part of Stonehaven and part of the life of this great town. We want to pay something back to everyone who supports us, not least the volunteers who make it happen in the first place.
“So please, mark your diaries now and we’ll see you at the Midsummer Beer Happening.”