Beer Festival sells outs

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The Stonehaven Beer Festival is celebrating a a sell-out success for the fifth year in a row.

Over the course of the three day event, 2,038 ale fans flocked to Stonehaven Town Hall, drank 8,070 pints and raised £7,000 for three local charities.

Organiser Robert Lindsay said: “We have once again been blown away by the astonishing support for the Stonehaven Beer Festival, not just by those who came along to enjoy themselves, but also the hard-working volunteers who made it happen.

“The feedback we had from visitors was so positive and so encouraging, with so many of them talking about the great atmosphere, the great music and, of course, the great beers.”

The festival was held from Thursday, November 7 - when North-east crime writer Stuart MacBride opened the event - and ran to Saturday, November 9 , featuring more than 60 of the finest craft beers and real ales from around Scotland and the rest of the UK, as well as a wide range of Belgian beers.

Robert said: “We filled the hall to capacity on both the Thursday and Friday nights and on Saturday we set visitors the challenge of drinking us dry. They did that by 7.30pm.

“While everyone had a great time, the real winners will be the charities we are supporting this year through this not-for-profit event.”

The £7,000 raised will go to Stonehaven fundraisers for The Sandpiper Trust, which provides lifesaving emergency equipment and training in local communities, the Stonehaven Sea Cadets and the Stonehaven Fireballs Association.

Robert said: “But we couldn’t raise a penny, we couldn’t even hold this event, if it wasn’t for all the volunteers who come forward, from the musicians who waive their fee to the businesses who sponsor us, the people who help set up and strip down the town hall and, of course, all those who volunteer to man the pumps.”

You can see the Mearns Leader pictures (couresty of Iain McDonagh) and report Lee’s review of the Beer Festival on page 19 of this weeks paper.