Stonehaven's popular Midsummer Beer Happening return nears with over 150 brews on offer

Beer fans will descend on the town for the hugely popular three-day event
-Credit: (Image: Barry Howie)


The countdown is on to the Midsummer Beer Happening in Stonehaven – with organisers unveiling the full list of beers that will be on offer when 6,000 visitors flock to the hugely-popular event.

When the three-day event kicks off two weeks from today, on Thursday, June 13, there will be a dizzying choice of more than 150 brews – ranging from lush lagers to incredible IPA, brilliant Belgians to summertime ciders.

The announcement of the final beer list is a hugely-anticipated milestone for the celebration of beer, food and music, said Happening organiser Robert Lindsay.

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"We have been inundated with messages from people asking when the final list of participating breweries and they beers they will be bringing will be announced – so here it is," he said.

"And we are sure people will be delighted by what we are offering this year, leaning heavily into the best of Scottish breweries – but with a Belgian accent too, with our guest brewers from the Continent."

In total, 23 breweries and cider makers will be taking part in the festival, and 153 unique beers will be on offer over the weekend.

The Scottish contingent includes favourites among Scottish beer connoisseurs, such as Fyne Ales, Fierce, Cromarty and Six Degrees North – the latter founded by Robert himself.

Fans can sample beverages from across the globe as well as local beers
Fans can sample beverages from across the globe as well as local beers -Credit:Barry Howie

The Belgian breweries arriving are De Circus Brouwerji – as the name suggest it is a modern microbrewery with a circus theme – and Alvinne who specialise in sours and fruit beers.

Robert said: "We will have everything from hoppy IPAs bursting with flavour to the lush, velvet smoothness of quality Belgian beers transforming our marquee into a playground for beer lovers.

"All of these have been carefully curated by festival team and range from old favourites to some new discoveries to be made. Visitors aren’t the only ones excited about what’s on offer – we are, too!"

Alongside the beer list, the Midsummer Beer Happening is hitting the high notes on the music front, too, with a symphony of north-east artists providing the soundtrack to three days of fun.

"From blues to folk, rock to pipes and drums, we are going to have almost every genre of music entertaining visitors to the Happening," said Robert.

An incredible range of over 150 brews will be on offer
An incredible range of over 150 brews will be on offer -Credit:Barry Howie

"From chilled out music for a Saturday afternoon to dance-floor filling sounds for the end of the night, we have you covered."

Robert added that tickets for the Happening are being snapped up and urged people to make sure they book a place now, to ensure they don’t miss out on the great bears, fantastic music and tasty street food.

"There are so many strands that are woven into making the Happening magical, but the most important golden thread are the people who come along to have a great time. None of it Happens without them, so thanks in advance for your support."

As always, the not-for-profit event, run entirely by volunteers, will raise money for a slew of local charities, adding to the incredible £314,000 it has raised for good causes since it began as the Stonehaven Real Ale Festival 15 years ago.

"Our ethos is to help people have a good time and do some good for others while they are having fun. We really believe that spirit of everyone pulling together to give back is what has cemented the Midsummer Beer Happening as one of the most popular events in the north-east calendar," said Robert.

"All of us are looking forward to welcoming you in a fortnight. See you in the tent."

For more information and tickets go to msbh.co.uk