Beer aficionados are expected to flock to Stonehaven from Thursday, June 28, to Saturday, June 30 next year as the organisers of Midsummer Beer Haven announce the festival’s return in 2018.

The dates were announced today to coincide with the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year.

Organiser Robert Lindsay said: “As December 21 is the winter solstice, we thought people would like to be reminded of warm summer sunshine and cold beers by announcing dates for the fourth Midsummer Beer Happening.

Organisers have been working hard to line up a selection of beers from around the country, with some Belgian beers added to the offering as well.

The event will also “once again have a fantastic music offering from the finest local talent, an al fresco food court with award-winning producers”, according to the event website.

Claiming to be “more than just about the beer”, the event is non-profit and is run entirely by volunteers. Last year, the festival raised £27,500 for charities and good causes based in and around Stonehaven.

Also returning is the Happening’s Sportive, which tempts cyclists with “challenging courses across the hills and dales of the Mearns, ranging from 52 to 100 miles, and involving some gruelling climbs.” Last year over 700 riders decided to take part.

Tickets for Midsummer Beer Haven are expected to go on sale in the New Year.