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Brew loving brothers bring back beer festival in February

Brew loving brothers bring back beer festival in February

As the majority of us make merry at Christmas time, there is always the looming dread of the January blues.

The days are just as short, cold and dark as they were before Christmas – except all the cheerful lights have been packed away until next December.

And after the indulgence of Christmas, turkey dinners are replaced with salads and smoothies and hitting the gym instead of the pub becomes second nature as we plough into our New Year’s resolutions, with some of us giving up the booze for Dryuary.

So thank goodness for beer-loving brothers Mungo and Guy Finlayson.

Brothers brewing up a storm for first Banchory Beer Festival

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Following the success of their inaugural Banchory Beer Festival in August, the Finlayson's have decided to warm the cockles of the Aberdeenshire town by putting on Beer @ the Barn.

Deciding that a beer festival was exactly what was required following the Christmas comedown in January, the duo settled on February as a nice way to round off the chilly months before stepping into spring.

And having done his research, Mungo discovered there wasn't much for locals to look forward to in February either.

  (Banchory Beer Festival)
via STV via STV

The 25-year-old explained: "My thoughts were that we didn't want to hold the festival in January after all the eating and drinking at Christmas.

"So people will have had a bit of break and can look forward to the event in February during the darker nights."

  (Banchory Beer Festival)
via STV via STV

Enlisting the help of culture hub the Woodend Barn, Mungo and Guy will build on the feedback following the inaugural event in August to bring more unique beer, cider and gin tipples to the venue on February 6 and 7.

Mungo explained: "Woodend Barn always wanted to be involved and we thought that holding something inside during the winter would be nice.

"Were hoping that our reputation from the summer festival will carry forward with the new event - it was a bit of guinea pig, but it’s already proving quite popular."

There are three Beer @ the Barn sessions over the two day celebrations, where there will be live music from local bands, local food and a host of exclusive products that can’t be found anywhere else.

Mungo said: "What we really want to do is offer some unique ciders which have never been seen in Scotland before.

"The cider choice at the inaugural Banchory Beer Festival wasn't massive so we want to offer six or seven ciders. We are hoping to offer some nice wintery gins too."

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