An Ellon brewery is among some of the North-east businesses taking part in a new craft beer festival which is being held in Inverness this weekend.
BrewDog will be venturing up north to participate in the North Hop festival at Eden Court on August 29 and 30.
The local firm will be joined by Deeside Brewery, Six Degrees North, Aberdeen bar operators and events company - 10 Dollar Shake and soft drinks maker - Summerhouse Drinks, from Rosehearty.
The festival - which is the first large scale craft beer event of its kind to be held in the Highlands - will include beers and ciders, artisan gins, cocktails, a feast of street foods and local musicians.
Business Development Manager for Deeside Brewery in Banchory, Neil Strachan, said: “So far 2014 has been a really busy year for us, recently being listed in Sainsburys and winning a great taste award. North Hop will be a great opportunity to get our brand out there to a wider audience.”
The 10 Dollar Shake team will be delivering artisan gins and beer cocktails at their pop-up bar. Adrian Gomes, who runs Aberdeen’s Tippling House has recently launched two new bars; Bos’n and Rye and Soda. He said: “It’s great that local Aberdeen businesses can grow together and North Hop will be a great opportunity to catch up with friends in the industry. We work closely with Deeside Brewery and stock their beers in our bars so heading to North Hop will allow us to all catch up whilst experiencing everything the festival has to offer.”
Stonehaven brewery, Six Degrees North, which opened its own bar on Little John Street last year, will also appear at the festival. They have since secured a legion of fans for their take on classic Belgian beer styles. Claire Rennie of Berry Scrumptious will be offering handcrafted, alternatives to traditional lemonades with her new Summerhouse Drinks range, which includes a Hint o’ Mint and Scottish Raspberry flavours.
Festival organiser, Michelle Russell, said: “The festival is shaping up to be fantastic and I would encourage as many people as possible to book early rather than risk missing out on the hottest ticket in town.”
Tickets are available from northhop.co.uk or from the Eden Court box office. The Friday event costs £15, £20 for the Saturday or a two-day pass can be purchased for both days at a cost of £30. Prices are subject to booking fees.