WHAT: Stonehaven's beer festival moved to a new, bigger venue, a new midsummer date and under a new banner.
WHEN: The Midsummer Beer Happening started in Stonehaven in June 2015
The 2016 event will be held in Baird Park, Stonehaven from Thursday, June 09, to Saturday, June 11.
WHO: The not-for-profit event is organised by local beer fans.
CONTACT: Robert Lindsay at 07840 678243 or at email@example.com
STONEHAVEN'S phenomenally popular beer festival is on the move - to a bigger venue and a new date.
After five incredibly successful years in the Town Hall, the event - which attracts 2,000 visitors - is flitting to a custom-built marquee in the town's Baird Park.
It will also become a midsummer festival and not held in November, said Robert Lindsay, organiser of the event staged by local beer fans.
"We are going to make the festival, bigger, better and more exciting than ever, with even more beers, more music and with new ideas and attractions" said Robert.
"Apart from anything else, having a beer under canvas in a green and leafy setting on a summer's day is a real treat. It will be nice to see festival-goers turning up in shorts and shades rather than thick winter coats, hats and scarves."
Robert said organisers felt lucky to have enjoyed enormous success and popularity in five years at the Town Hall, and can't thank people enough for their support.
"However, we feel the festival has outgrown the Town Hall. We saw people queuing for more than an hour to get in the door because we always reach the hall's capacity very quickly," Robert said.
"We really don't want to have people standing on the streets for that length of time on wet, bitterly cold November nights."
Robert said one of the most frequent comments from visitors enjoying the huge range of beers and ales offered has been whether there isn't a bigger venue.
He said: "We have listened to what our visitors have said. There isn't anywhere bigger which exists in Stonehaven, so we've decided to create our own for the Midsummer Beer Happening.
"This will not only help us let more people enjoy the Happening, it will also open up exciting new areas for the festival, such as a strand celebrating good food as much as we celebrate good beer.
"It will help us develop the music and entertainment which has been key to our success.
"But we are first and foremost a beer festival, and a larger venue will help us bring to Stonehaven a wider range of beers from real ale to craft, homegrown to further afield, including our ever popular Belgian beers.
"The world of beer has evolved almost beyond recognition since the first Stonehaven Real Ale Festival, with more styles of beers from home and abroad. We want to not just evolve with it, but see our festival lead the way, as it has done since it started."
Robert, owner of Stonehaven's Marine Hotel and Six Degrees North brewery, said the not-for-profit event will continue its aim of supporting the community that supports it by raising money for local charities and good causes.
"The festival is very much part of Stonehaven and part of the life of this great town. We want to pay something back to everyone who supports us, not least the volunteers who make it happen in the first place.
"So please, mark your diaries now and we'll see you at this years Midsummer Beer Happening.