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Brothers brewing up a storm for first Banchory Beer Festival

Brothers brewing up a storm for first Banchory Beer Festival

No matter how the Scottish weather decides to behave, it's guaranteed to be "taps oan" next weekend in Banchory.

Thousands of pints of craft ale and beer are expected to flow from the taps at the inaugural Banchory Beer Festival as revellers get down to Deeside Rugby Club for a scrum-ptious party.

The chance to sample a golden ale with melon and floral notes or a hand crafted gin with hints of juniper, citrus and cloves isn't something you'd normally associate with a trip to a rugby club.

But two beer loving brothers, Mungo and Guy Finlayson, are looking to change all that by brewing up plans for their hometown's first ever beer festival on August 9 - 10.

The event will feature over 30 different varieties of craft beers, cider and gin, with many sourced from Scottish breweries.

"These kind of events are popping up everywhere so we wanted to bring one to Banchory," said Mungo, 24.

"We're using small craft breweries that aren't that well known, unless you're really into your craft beer and shop at independent drinks retailers."

Hop-ping on the craft beer revolution that has washed over Scotland in recent years, quality brews and ales are being crafted by small independent breweries across the country, each with their own distinct methods and flavours.

Many of these will be on tap in Banchory next week, including craft beers from Firebrand, Top Out, Royal Deeside and Alechemy Brewing as well as gins from Pickering’s, Warner Edwards and North Berwick.

The brothers have also crafted a unique brew especially for the festival with help from Livingston-based Alechemy Brewing.

"We brewed a unique festival beer with citrus and Chinook but because it's been brewing we haven't had a chance to taste it," said Mungo.

"The first time we'll try it is when we pour it out its cask in two weeks. We're hoping for a 4.5% IPA so it's a nice light beer that should hopefully suit everyone's tastes."

But the celebration won't be fuelled by alcohol alone.

Inverurie’s Fennel Restaurant will also be on hand to ensure festival goers are fed as well as watered with a barbecue and hog roast on offer.

There will also be live music from Gareth Thompson, Craig Davidson, Dylan Fowlie, Keiran Adams, Yogi McGreggor, Sam Geddes and Saturday headliners Loki.

Mungo adds that there's already been a lot of interest in the event and that, if next weekend proves successful, they to make the Banchory Beer Festival an annual event.

He said: "We've got a three-year licence at Deeside Rugby Club. If the event is popular we'll think of different ways of expanding it and making it bigger next year."

The festival takes place on the pitch at Deeside Rugby Club, next to Woodend Barn, and will run from 12pm to midnight on Saturday, August 9 and 12pm to 8pm on Sunday, August 10.

Tickets cost £10, are available on the door, and will include two drinks tokens.

Find out more about the Banchory Beer Festival by visiting its website or Facebook page.

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