First Laurencekirk Beer Festival goes down a treat

Bill Gerard, Gordon Beatt, Ian Mulcahy and Sam Jarvis sampling some of the thirty craft beers on offer on the opening night at the St. Laurence Hall.
Bill Gerard, Gordon Beatt, Ian Mulcahy and Sam Jarvis sampling some of the thirty craft beers on offer on the opening night at the St. Laurence Hall.

Laurencekirk’s first ever beer festival has been hailed a huge success by organisers, who are already planning the next event for 2016.

Brothers Gary and Dave Metcalfe from Burnside Brewery were behind the event, which took place from October 22-24 in the St Laurence Hall.

Gary Metcalfe said that the support from the local community helped to create a “buzz” around the event.

He said: “It was absolutely buzzing, and we really engaged with the local community, which is the important thing.

“Local people really got behind the event, and we are already planning next year.”

Although a figure for the money raised has not been finalised, proceeds are going to go towards two community groups - Mearns Allsorts, who support children with additional needs and their families, and the Thursday Group, who are a support group based in Banchory for people with MS and other disabilities.

Volunteers from the Mearns Allsorts group were on hand to help pull pints and support the Burnside brewery team throughout the weekend, and Gary said that they were invaluable to the success of the event.

He commented: “I’d love to thank the girls from Mearns Allsorts. They looked after us, kept us going with cups of tea, and with very little supervision they handled the bar. They really worked well together as a team and we absolutely could not have pulled it off without them.”

Gary added that they have been asked to provide a bar at several upcoming events, and will be sponsoring the upcoming Balmekewan beer festival.