Stonehaven Beer Festival
Thursday, 1st November 2012
5pm - Midnight
Friday 2nd November 2012
5pm - Midnight
Saturday 3rd November 2012
1pm - till u drink the beer
Stonehaven Real Ale Festival 2012
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Stonehaven Town Hall
News - 2011
Footage of the opening of the doors
Third Stonehaven Real Ale Festival says cheers
WHAT: Stonehaven Real Ale Festival..
WHERE: Stonehaven Town Hall
WHO: Organised by local real ale fans.
THE Stonehaven Real Ale Festival is toasting a third successful event. The celebration of the best in Scottish beers drew around 2,000 visitors during its three days at Stonehaven Town Hall. Organiser
Robert Lindsay said: "The feedback from everyone who came along has
been fantastic, with people telling us how much they enjoyed themselves.
"It has always been our aim to put on an event where people can have a great night, with superb live music, a friendly, vibrant atmosphere and - of course - a chance to sample an ale from every working brewery in Scotland."
Robert said the festival had been busy from the moment it opened its doors last Thursday.
" The Friday night was clearly a huge draw. When we opened our doors at 5pm we already had a queue right along the street from the Town Hall.
"And, once again, the festival-goers drank us dry with the last pint being downed at around 9pm on the Saturday night."
The event is run by local real ale fans on a not-for-profit basis and money raised will this year be split between two charities - the Maritime Rescue Institute, which runs Stonehaven's lifeboats, and the Stonehaven Sea Cadets.
Robert said: "We are still in the process of making a final tally, but we hope to give both of these worthwhile causes a real boost."
He added that the success of the festival was down to the volunteers who helped in every aspect, from organising the event, to setting up the hall, to manning the pumps.
"We can't thank them enough or the bands and musicians who came along to play, such as The Trybe, The 39 Steps, No Hot Ashes and many, many more."
"But most of all we want to thank everyone who turned out to enjoy the festival and make it such a great occasion.
"We are already planning next year's and hope to welcome everyone back for three days from November 1."
Footageof the opening of the doors on the Friday by Scott (The Stig) Begbie plus some crowd footage and some entertainment footage.
Footage of Thursday during set-up - a trawl along the pumps
Festival's tide of support for seafaring charities
WHAT: Stonehaven Real Ale
announces this year's charities and
unveils a new, specially-created ale.
WHEN: The event runs from Thursday, November 3; Friday, November 4 (5pm to midnight) and
Saturday, November 5
(from 1pm until visitors drink
WHERE: Stonehaven Town Hall
by local real ale fans.
Contact is organiser Robert
678243 or at
STONEHAVEN Real Ale Festival is hoping for a tide of generosity to help boost two of the town's seafaring charities. Profits from this year's celebration of Scottish ales will go to Stonehaven Sea Cadets and to Maritime Rescue International, which runs Stonehaven's vital lifeboat service. And to celebrate the hard work of both organisations this year's special festival ale has been unveiled - to be called Seafarer.
Festival organiser Robert
Lindsay said: "Both of these charities do remarkable work in
Stonehaven - one helps save lives, the other helps build and
shape young lives. "MRI and the Sea Cadets
deserve all the support we can give them, and we are sure
visitors to this year's festival will join in and toast to
the very good health of both these organisations."
Last year, the festival - a
not-for-profit event run by local real ale fans - attracted
2,000 visitors and raised £5,000 ,
which went to
Robert, owner of
Stonehaven's Marine Hotel and a master brewer, said he was
sure visitors would enjoy this year's festival ale during
the three day event at Stonehaven Town Hall from Thursday,
November 3, to Saturday, November 5. He said: "Seafarer is a nod
not just to the two charities we are supporting this year,
but also to Stonehaven's long seafaring tradition going back
centuries and continuing to this day."
The ale is a classic bitter
and was brewed vy festival organisers at Houston Brewery,
this year's main festival sponsor. Robert said: "Houston's own
Peter's Well was named Champion Best Bitter of Great Britain
in the national CAMRA awards. I'm sure Seafarer will be a
Drew Lawson, sailing training
principal for Stonehaven Sea Cadets, said the
backing of the real ale festival would be a boost for the
young folk of TS Carron. He said: "We are fundraising
for a new sailing dinghy at the moment, so the money raised
for us by the festival will go towards that. "The whole aim of the sea
cadets is to give young people a wide range of experiences
and opportunities to stand them in good stead for the rest
of their lives. I'm sure visitors to the real ale festival
will feel that's more than worth raising a glass to. "
Ann Laing, general manager of
MRI, said she was delighted by the continued support of the
real ale festival. "It is so heartening to see a
community event, such as the town's popular real ale
festival, back the work that we do.
"Our organisation depends on
donations such as this to keep us at sea and keep people
"We hope that people will come along to the festival
and have a great night, knowing they are helping others at
the same time."
The festival is this year
sponsored by Houston Brewery (www.houston-brewing.co.uk),
Harviestoun Brewery (www.harviestoun.com) and The
Bay Fish and Chips, Stonehaven (www.thebayfishandchips.co.uk)
Tour all Scotlandís breweries ... at Stonehaven Real Ale Festival
WHAT: The hugely popular Stonehaven
Real Ale Festival returns for its third outing
WHEN: Thursday, November 3; Friday, November 4 (5pm to midnight) andSaturday, November 5
(from 1pm until visitors
drink us dry)
WHERE: Stonehaven Town Hall
WHO: Organised by local real ale
Contact is organiser Robert Lindsay on07840
678243 or at
ale fans are being invited to take a tour of every brewery
in Scotland ... without leaving Stonehaven Town Hall. The
hugely popular Stonehaven Real Ale Festival is back for a
third year and offering visitors the unique chance to
sample an ale from every working brewery in the country
under one roof.
Robert Lindsay said: "This really will be a celebration of
the best in Scottish real ale and we plan to create a
special atmosphere in the Town Hall over the three days of
the festival. "We
will bring in the finest brews from the Highlands, the
east coast, the west coast, central Scotland and the
are even creating a special bar upstairs for island
breweries ... our own ‘Road To The Isles' if you like,
although some might think of it as a stairway to heaven,
given the sheer quality of the beer on offer." "In
all, there will be almost 70 ales on offer, giving people
the chance to take a world tour of Scotland's breweries
without setting foot outside Stonehaven Town Hall."
Stonehaven festival has carved itself a reputation for
more than just beer in its previous two outings and Robert
is determined visitors will once again come away having
had one of the best nights out of the year, confirming it
as a highlight on the North-east calendar. "We
have great music, with our own entertainment director Iain
"Skirlie" McFadden - well known in the North-east as a
leading light in The Trybe - working hard to sign up the
finest local musical talent to make sure the festival hits
the high notes. "The
popular big screen, showing vintage Scottish films and
programmes, will make a return, and we've looked out the
stovies recipe that proved so popular last year," added
what really makes this festival such a success is the
people who come along. You couldn't ask for better craic
and friendlier banter. "And
they do come from far and wide. As well as folk from right
across the North-east, we have had English, Irish and even
Scandinavian visitors making the trip to enjoy our
year, the event attracted 2,000 people over three days and
Robert is hoping to repeat that success again - for a good
organisers are just a bunch of local real ale fans and we
do this for fun, not for profit. The money we make will go
to local charities. Last year, we raised £5,000 for MRI
and we hope to give our community a similar boost this
festival also has a new main sponsor this year, the
award-winning Houston Brewery. Robert
said: "It's a real coup for us to have Houston on board as
their Peter's Well has just been named
Champion Best Bitter of Great Britain for 2011 in the
national CAMRA awards. "They
will be helping us brew our special festival ale this
year, so it should be a winner, too."
year, the festival creates its own ale for the event,
reflecting the town's heritage. The first, Memorial,
recreated a beer from the town's own long-gone brewery,
while last year's Spirit of Glenury paid tribute to
Stonehaven's defunct distillery. Details
of this year's ale are being kept under wraps, but Robert
said it would once again pay tribute to Stonehaven's
tradition and history. Robert
said: "We are into the final planning stages now, to make
sure we put on the best real ale festival we can. "All
we need now is for people to turn up and have a great
night ... so put it in your diary."
festival is this year sponsored by Houston Brewery (www.houston-brewing.co.uk),
Harviestoun Brewery (www.harviestoun.com) and The Bay Fish and Chips,
Caption shows Stonehaven Real Ale Festival
organisers Robert Lindsay and Joanne MacRae getting
ahead with planning this year's event that will feature
a beer from every Scottish brewery.
Real ale festival tunes up for a great night
Stonehaven Real Ale Festival unveils
top acts appearing at this year's popular event.
WHEN: The event runs from
Thursday, November 3; Friday, November
4 (5pm to midnight) and Saturday,
November 5 (from 1pm until visitors drink us
WHERE: Stonehaven Town
WHO: Organised by local real
Contact is organiser Robert Lindsay on07840 678243
MUSIC fans will be saying "cheers" to the Stonehaven Real
Ale Festival for showcasing some of the area's top talent. A range of artists will be helping the three-day event go
with a swing, said festival entertainment director Iain "Skirlie"
McFadden. "The festival has always been about more than just the ale
- good as
that is. We want to ensure folk are thoroughly entertained while they are having
a great night out with us. Because of that, we are delighted to be able to showcase
some of the great folk who sing and perform around the North-east all year
round. We've lined up some cracking tunesmiths who we know will
have toes tapping and heads nodding along." Those playing at the festival, which will be held in
Stonehaven Town Hall from Thursday, November 3, to Saturday, November 5,
Scott Baxter and Angus McCurrach
talented duo make up one third of The Trybe, along with Iain himself. Scott and
Angus will hit the high notes as visitors wet their whistle.
The Caley Buoys - A father and son
team, they take their name from their love of the sea and maybe the best wee
hotel in the world, Beauly's Caledonian Hotel.
Fish Feathers McTeeth - Folk supremo Sandy
Mathers takes on his alter ego to offer up a great blend of toe-tapping tunes,
ballads and sing-along classics.
Gibby McNaught - This man
needs no introduction to North-east audiences. He is a master of the folk
tradition and always a welcome sight and sound on any stage.
No Hot Ashes - A night of
music isn't complete without a session of blues and rock. This local outfit's
unforgettable riffs go perfectly with a few pints.
Richard Hannay And The Thirty Nine Steps
- No, not
the John Buchan classic, but just as thrilling. Putting some class into
contemporary tunes. these these guys should win new fans at the
Twa Folk (Irene Watt and Graham White)
apologies for harping on about this top duo. Warm voices blend seamlessly with
beautiful strings to breathe new life into Scots favourites.
The KG Influence - The coolest jazz
sounds around as this popular duo bring mellow classics to the real ale
festival. One to be savoured.
Iain said one special treat was being reserved for
Saturday afternoon at the festival -
All Ale The
Jazz "In true X Factor style,
we've put together the cream of the North-east's jazz talent to create our own
supergroup. This is a unique chance to hear the finest proponents of jazz
playing just for festival visitors," he said. "As well as the music, we will have the return of our
popular big screen showing classic old Scottish movies and shows - including a
certain football game from 1967. "With an ale from every working brewery in Scotland, along
with our great entertainment, we are sure visitors will have a great time at
this year's festival," said Iain.
The festival is this year sponsored by Houston Brewery
), Harviestoun Brewery
) and The Bay
Fish and Chips, Stonehaven (www.thebayfishandchips.co.uk
All hands to the pumps …
There's one thing and one thing only that makes the Stonehaven Real Ale Festival and that's our fantastic volunteers.
Without folk willing to give up a bit of their time to help out, the festival simply wouldn't happen.Those who have worked the bar, manned the
door, helped to set up and tidy up or helped with all the countless
other jobs have all found the same thing: It is great fun in a
brilliant atmosphere. They also appreciate the free festival
T-shirt, free festival glass, free entry (including beer vouchers)
that every volunteer is given as a huge thank you. So if you want to enjoy the fabulous fun
of the festival from both sides of the bar, then email us here or
call Robert Lindsay on 07840678243
3rd Stonehaven Real Ale Festival
The website is now being updated, more information will be available soon.
Dates of 2011 Festival
Thursday 3rd November 5pm - midnight
Friday 4th November 5pm - midnight
Saturday 5th November 1pm - midnight (or until the beer is gone)
The beer list and further information will be available shortly.
Real ale is having a revival | The Guardian
Original article from the Guardian here:
British Beer festivals are increasingly popular. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images
This time last year, the UK was in the midst of election fever, and my sleepy north Yorkshire village of Tockwith was hosting a beer festival. The organisers mocked up some publicity photos of themselves as politicians in a polling station. "We campaigned under the banner Vote for Real Ale," chuckles organiser Adrian Ray.
The people voted with their feet – 36 gallons of beer had run out by 10pm, with the last to sell out a really strong one. "So anyone left at the end got rather sozzled."
This year's follow-up event at the weekend expanded to a field, with six marquees, live bands – and much more beer.
Tockwith is typical of an explosion in beer festivals around the UK. Once, they were fairly rare, large-scale events populated by serious older drinkers. Now countless towns and villages have one, reflecting a boom in small-scale brewing and real-ale drinking. August's annual Great British Beer Festival at Earls Court is the biggie (in 2010, a record 67,000 drinkers sank 200,000 pints), but festivals are held everywhere from Battersea to the Scottish fishing town of Stonehaven.
"People are bored of drinking heavily advertised, mass-produced brands," explains Jon Howard of the Campaign for Real Ale, which organises 150 festivals a year.
"There's a fashion aspect to it," admits Craig Lee of Rudgate Brewery, whose Ruby Mild was Camra's Champion Beer of 2009. "Real ale is becoming trendy."
Younger ale drinkers favour beers with funny names, and with most pubs tied to major brewers, a beer festival is the best place to sup a Brewers Droop or Ginger Tosser.
Stonehaven Real Ale Festival 2012
The beer is ordered, the bands are booked and we’re almost ready to say slainte to the Fourth Stonehaven Real Ale Festival.
Once again we will have the finest ales on offer from every one of Scotland’s breweries, around 70 in all.
Not content with scouring Scotland – we go and collect a lot of this stuff, so you don’t have to – we’ve also hopped over to the continent to bag some fine Belgian beers.
The end result will be our unique Belgian beer bar offering a range of fine ales on bottle and draught that you won’t find in one place anywhere else in Scotland.
All of this, plus great music, cracking entertainment and friendly craic.
The only thing we need to add into the mix is you ...
See you on Thursday, November 1, Friday, November 2, and Saturday, November 3.