First ever Laurencekirk Beer Festival

Gary and Dave Metcalfe

Gary and Dave Metcalfe

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The first ever Laurencekirk Beer Festival is set to take place this week, and organisers are hoping it will be the first of many.

With over 30 Craft Beers from eight Scottish Micro breweries including Laurencekirk’s own Burnside Brewery, there will be plenty of choice for beer lovers.

Brothers Gary and Dave Metcalfe are behind the event, which will be held over three days from Thursday October 22 to Saturday October 24 in the St Laurence Hall.

Money raised will go towards two community groups - Mearns Allsorts, who support children with additional needs and their families, and the Thursday Group, who are a support group for people with MS and other disabilities.

The festival will run from 5-11.30pm on Thursday and Friday, and 1.30-11.30 on Saturday. There will be over 30 craft beers, plus craft gin and limited wines. Local food will be available until 9.30pm, and there will be live music on Friday and Saturday.

A souvenir pint glass will be included in the ticket price, and tickets are available from Burnside Brewery in Laurencekirk (phone (01561) 377316).

Gary Metcalfe told the Observer last week said: “Yes, this is the first time for this Beer Festival, but we hope it’s not the last. We’d love it to grow to become a regular Annual event.”

The festival will also support The Thursday Group in Banchory.