Beer we go again, it’s beer at the Barn

Guy, left, and Mungo, right, Finlayson with a selection of drinks that will be at the festival
Guy, left, and Mungo, right, Finlayson with a selection of drinks that will be at the festival

Two north-east brothers have announced the return of a popular winter drinks festival to Banchory next year.

Beer @ the Barn, the smaller sibling of the annual Banchory Beer Festival, organised by brothers Mungo and Guy Finlayson, will be held in the town’s Woodend Barn.

Tickets are now on sale for the event which takes place on Friday 12 and Saturday 13 of February, 2016.

They can be purchased from www.banchorybeerfestival.com but are expected to sell out rapidly.

Co-founder Mungo Finlayson said: “The idea behind holding an event in February was to give people something to look forward to and enjoy during the post-Christmas slump when nothing really happens and the weather is still pretty bleak.

“This year we are continuing to improve our offering by having a rum bar, stocked with rum Dark Matter Distillery, which is literally a five-minute walk from the venue so you can’t really get much more local.

“We will also only have bands and musicians from Aberdeen City and Shire as we wanted to ensure local acts were given the opportunity to shine.

“Last year’s winter event sold out incredibly quickly and we were bombarded with messages from people who unfortunately missed out,” he said.

“We would encourage people to book quickly to avoid disappointment and join our mailing list to be the first to know when tickets for further events become available.”

The brothers launched the first Banchory Beer Festival in the summer of 2014 at the Deeside Rugby Club pitches with no pre-sale tickets and no event management experience.

The event went on to be a resounding success with subsequent festivals leading to a nomination for the ‘Best Cultural Event or Festival’ at this year’s Aberdeen City and Shire Tourism Awards, hosted at Ardoe House.