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18 pictures from the Midsummer Beer Happening dinner at the Marine Hotel in Stonehaven

David Rodger and Andrea Romero from Manchester at the event. Pictures by Wullie Marr / DC Thomson.
David Rodger and Andrea Romero from Manchester at the event. Pictures by Wullie Marr / DC Thomson.

Around 40 craft beer fans were in for a treat last night at the Midsummer Beer Happening dinner which took place at the Marine Hotel in Stonehaven.

A five-course tasting menu was compiled and served with paired drinks at the hotel just as the festival at Baird Park welcomes its first guests.

The meal, which included a mojito and numerous beers, was in celebration of the return of the popular not-for-profit craft beer festival that is organised by volunteers.

To kick off the night guests were treated to haggis bon bons with Lambic braised onion and Framboise syrup. The fish dish comprised of cured sea trout, coriander crème fraiche and Deeside oatcakes and was followed by a lemon sorbet palate cleanser.

The meaty main course went down a treat but it was the chocolate brownie with Malteaser ice cream and raspberry coulis that left the room silent.

Manager Rob Armstrong was on hand to talk the guests through the multiple courses and beer pairings before everyone was invited over to the Midsummer Beer Happening marquee to enjoy more brews, including the festival beer.

 The guests at the Midsummer Beer Happening dinner

Orcadians, Trevor Kinghorn, Albert Bruce and Garry Colther.
Scott, Nina and Brian Cavan, Danielle McGinnes, and Erik Cavan, from Stonehaven.
Hayden and Clare Geraghty from Newtonhill.
Bryan, Michael, Heather and Darius Carr from Westhill.
The guests waiting on their meals.
Clean plates all around.
Manager, Rob Armstrong chatting with customers about the beers.
American visitors, Laura Henderson from Kansas and Cindie Grassie from Washington.
Steve and Sheryl Dickie from Aberdeen.
Manager, Rob Armstrong welcoming everyone.
Marcin Walaszczyk and Monika Rybak from Poland, currently living in Stonehaven.

The food and drinks

Fish course: sea trout.
Mojitos being made.
First course: haggis bon bons.
First course. Haggis bon bons.
Fish course: Sea trout.
Beer being poured for the first course

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