STONEHAVEN’S hugely popular beer festival is set to delight ale fans when it returns with a crafty new twist.
The fifth Stonehaven Beer Festival will be a celebration of the craft of brewing, bringing more than 60 of the best beers from around Scotland, Britain and Belgium together under one roof.
And festival organiser Robert Lindsay is sure the thousands due to flock to Stonehaven Town Hall from Thursday, November 7, to Saturday, November 9, will be delighted by the range and quality on offer ... as well as the great music, fine food and superb atmosphere.
He said: “There has been a quiet revolution in the world of beer making with an emphasis on the craft of brewing.
“This has seen an explosion not only in the number of breweries across Scotland and the rest of the UK, but also in the styles of beer being made, from traditional real ale to Belgian and US-style brews.
“The winners are those who love and appreciate good beer ... and the Stonehaven Beer Festival aims to give them a chance to sample the finest. This is our fifth festival and we want it to be a celebration of the craft of brewing.”
That means offering a showcase to Scottish and UK breweries as far afield as Orkney and Cornwall and also extending the reach to Belgium.
Robert added that the festival was known not just for its beer, but also for the fantastic atmosphere it offers.
“We see it as an event as much as a beer festival. We bring some of the cream of local music talent to the stage and pride ourselves on the friendly, relaxed atmosphere to enjoy some of the finest beers you can get your hands on.”
Last year some 2,000 people poured through the doors to enjoy the festival, which is run on a not-for-profit basis with proceeds going to local charities.
Robert said: “We have people come from across the North-east, but also from right across Scotland, the UK and even further afield. We’re looking forward to welcoming back old friends and making many new ones ... so put the date in your diary.”
This year the festival is being sponsored by Stonehaven’s own brewery, Six Degrees North (www.sixdnorth.co.uk).
This recently opened venture brews Belgian style ales in the heart of Scotland and will brew a special ale for the festival.
Six Degrees North brewer Brendan Dennett said: “It’s only right that Stonehaven’s own brewery supports Stonehaven’s own beer festival.
“It really is one of the highlights in the North-east’s calendar and also puts the money raised back into the community.”
Other sponsors for the Stonehaven Beer Festival are Harviestoun Brewery (www.harviestoun.com ) and The Bay Fish and Chips, Stonehaven (www.thebayfishandchips.co.uk)
For further information visit www.stonehavenrealalefestival.co.uk