Strong response to inaugural craft beer festival in Aberdeen


North Hop Aberdeen - (L-R) Chris Tonner, Michelle Russell and Adrian Gomes (1)

Response to a new craft beer festival in Aberdeen, featuring the region’s bars and breweries, has been so great that all tickets have sold out over two months in advance.

North Hop Aberdeen takes place at The Lemon Tree in central Aberdeen on April 11, created by the team behind the larger North Hop craft beer festival in Inverness.

The Aberdeen festival, which had just over 600 tickets available, will feature Aberdeen-based and Scottish exhibitors celebrating craft beer, artisan gins and creative cocktails alongside independent music and a selection of street food vendors.

From Aberdeen, exhibitors will include bar 10 Dollar Shake, owned by bartender Adrian Gomes, and restaurant The Adelphi Kitchen, part of Beetroot Restaurants, plus BrewDog which operates a bar in Aberdeen and brews its beers north of the city in Ellon.

Exhibitors from elsewhere in Scotland will include Williams Bros Brewing Co, Windswept Brewing Co, Cromarty Brewing Co, Thistly Cross Cider, Stew n’ Drew’s ice cream, Aye Love Real Food and Edinburgh’s Fresh Revolution.

North Hop in Inverness returns to Eden Court for its second festival in Inverness on August 21 and 22, featuring breweries, bars, gins, cocktails, food and music acts from across Scotland.

Festival organiser Michelle Russell said: “I am delighted to be taking an element of the Inverness festival, North Hop, to Aberdeen to give people a taster of what the main festival provides.

“It has been a lot of work organising not one but two festivals for 2015. However, I am extremely excited to see how the Aberdeen market reacts to the festival.

“The city has a small craft beer ‘triangle’ with a handful of pubs dedicated to craft beer. I want to give craft beer enthusiasts a taste of something different and I think North Hop Aberdeen will definitely tick all the right boxes for them.

“This year we celebrate the Year of Food and Drink in Scotland and events like this are exactly what Aberdeen needs.”

Chris Tonner, director and executive chef of Beetroot Restaurants, added: “From the moment I received the email from Michelle I knew North Hop was something I wanted to get involved in.

“We are building our own custom barbecue shack and taking our food to the people in 2015, so the beer festival will be the perfect platform for us to deliver the Adelphi Kitchen’s style.”

North Hop Aberdeen will run over two sessions on Saturday April 11, one from midday until 6pm on Saturday and the other from 7pm until 1am on Sunday. Tickets were priced at £15 for the Saturday daytime session and £15 for the evening session.

More information at www.aberdeenperformingarts.com/events/north-hop-aberdeen.

Pictured (left to right): Chris Tonner, Michelle Russell and Adrian Gomes

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