Deeside duo behind Inverurie beer event

Live music at last year's Banchory Beer Festival
Live music at last year's Banchory Beer Festival

Following two successful local events, the brothers behind the Banchory Beer Festival and Beer @ the Barn have decided to expand the event.

We spoke to co-founder Mungo Finlayson about the team’s plans to launch an Inverurie Beer Festival later this year.

Why have you decided to expand the festival?

“We’d always built the company and beer festival structure up with ambitions to expand the festival into other areas of Aberdeenshire which we’d think would benefit from such an event. We always try to use unique venues with great transport links so it’s as easy as possible for people to attend the events.”

Are you hoping to attract a new crowd in Inverurie?

“We expect that some of our loyal followers will join us for the event in Inverurie. But ideally we’d like to draw a new crowd, one of the many reasons for choosing Inverurie was because of its great links on the train network- capturing those all the way up to Inverness and the bus network capturing the Kintore/Blackburn areas who might not attend the Banchory festival due to transport issues.”

Selection of beers

Selection of beers

What can people expect in terms of drinks on offer?

“We’ll be offering our core range of beers, ciders and gins with hopefully producing a festival brew for each event. We’ve also got a few new possibilities but these will not be released till later on.”

Will there be live entertainment, as enjoyed by crowds at the Deeside festivals?

“Yes, at Banchory we’ve got a couple of acts who’ve previously played the Belladrum Heart Festival near Inverness playing for us this year. We are still trying to support up and coming local acts with a big mixture of live music on offer.”

Have you set a date for the Inverurie Festival?

“The Inverurie festival will take place in Autumn with dates yet to be released.”

The next Banchory Beer Festival will take place from August 7-9 2015. The event will see the addition of unique food offerings, with wood-fired pizzas and slow cooked BBQ pork rolls on sale.

Sunday August 9 is intended to be family friendly with face painting, balloon artists and a magician present to entertain the younger attendees.