It’s time for a beer in Stoney Town Hall...

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Stonehaven will have a craft beer event in the Town Hall tomorrow (Friday) with profits being split between three charities.

The event is due to start at 5.30pm with Cot Death Scotland, Meningitis UK and The Thursday Group in Banchory receiving the profits.

Gary Metcalfe, who is the owner of Burnside Brewery with his brother, Dave, told us how the three charities picked had helped his family.

He said: “It was my daughter, Heather Meiklejohn, who came up with the initial idea to raise money for Cot Death Scotland .

‘‘Owning a local craft brewery in Laurencekirk, we decided to pull in support from other craft brewers in north east Scotland to see what we could put together.

“Heather lost her 10-month-old daughter, my youngest grand-daughter, to a tragic cot death in August 2012.

‘‘ Five months later, in January 2013, my oldest grand-daughter died suddenly from meningitis at the age of 16 years.

“My wife, who suffered a major brain haemorrhage in 2005, attends the “Thursday Group” every week.

“This local charity is an MS and Disabled person support group, which meets at Dalvenie Gardens in Banchory, every Thursday morning.

‘‘As you will see, the beneficiary charities have touched our family very closely and so we wanted to try and give something back.”

The event will have approximately 30 different draft beers, and a wide range of bottled beers, all either brewed in Shetland the highlands or north east Scotland.

Breweries supporting the event are Six Degrees North Brewery (Stonehaven), Burnside Brewery (Laurencekirk), Cromarty Brewing Co (Davidston, Cromarty), Deeside Brewery (Banchory), Lerwick Brewery (Shetland), Loch Ness Brewery (Drumnadrochit), Windswept Brewery (Lossiemouth)

There will also be a “Craft Gin” bar, presented by Dunnottar Wines, featuring exclusive Scottish Craft Gins.

The event is hoping to raise £3000 to be split between the three charities.