First Beer @ the Barn event goes down a storm

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After months of preparation Banchory Beer Festival launched its first winter event, Beer @ the Barn, on Friday February 6.

Following two days of set up and much bale handling the festival opened its doors at Woodend Barn to a queuing public at 5pm and with the event sold out it was not long before the crowds were in and the many beers, ciders and gins were washing down locally produced snacks.

With beers from Alchemy, Eden Mill, Speyside, Barneys and Six degrees North Breweries there was plenty to choose from with the Milk Stout being a proving a favourite and many an interesting facial expression witnessed following a taste of the 11.5% Imperial stout!

Friday night’s entertainment started with a performance from Aberdeen Student Anna Leyden that had many people speechless. It was topped off by tunes from up and coming Perthshire group the Mad Ferret Band, who took the venue by storm.

After a late night (early morning) clean-up, Woodend Barn was ready for round two, with the next sessions kicking off at midday on Saturday February 7.

The Saturday day session was a much more relaxed affair with many drinkers taking to the unique selection of ciders and in particular the Crazy Goat.

Entertainment was provided by a plethora of talented acoustic musicians from throughout the North East with Aboyne´s very own Comedian Andrew Sim closing the doors.

The Saturday evening session opened up with a noticeably more local and lively crowd in attendance, which also seemed to have a serious thirst for gin. The Warner Edwards Sloe gin and Rhubarb gin flew off the shelves.

Delicious food provided by Buchanan’s Bistro was demolished rapidly, with the pies and sausage rolls from Sheridan’s Butchers proving particularly popular.

A number of guests turned up specially to see Banchory favourite Loki perform and they definitely weren’t disappointed.

Co-founder of Banchory Beer Festival Mungo Finlayson said: “If this was only the start of what Banchory Beer Festival has to offer then Deeside looks forward with great anticipation to future Banchory Beer Festival Events.”

Beer @ the Barn was the second festival run by the Deeside group. The inaugural event was held last summer and saw huge support from locals. For more information visit