Glass Inaugural Beer Festival September 2023

The inaugural Glass Beer Festival was held a couple of weeks back. It was a great success for a first go, with about 140 people coming through the doors across the day. It was a long event – from 2 to 11pm, but this allowed a lot of different age ranges to be involved. We had games on the green space organised by Fiona Hill for the children, indoor pub games in the Hall, and a place to have a sit to speak with neighbours.  It was great to see new faces to the Hall, with people from Auchindoun, Dufftown & Huntly directions visiting. It got pretty loud in the Hall in the afternoon, with the food and drink going down really well. The pies were tasty, hot dogs married to the beer just lovely, and plenty of snacks for the younger folk. Tea, coffee and soft drinks were welcomed by the drivers.

The beer selection was good, with the community’s favourites being Cairngorm Gold, Windswept Wolf, Spey Valley Spey’s Cadet and Spey Valley Lager. Having cask ale at the Hall is a new thing, and more generally it’s a rare thing to see in the North East of Scotland – direct from the barrel into the glass.

Our aim was to raise money for the new kitchen appliances, as the school would like to use the Hall for cookery lessons. We’ve now done the numbers and we raised over £300 which isn’t bad for a first run of an event when we didn’t know how many people would attend. Marc Day scratched his head a lot about the quantities of beer to bring in!

Events don’t happen without the volunteers who make it happen. You know who you are, so thank you for a long but rewarding day, along with the set up & break down phases which are equally long. Thanks also to our suppliers, and in particular David MacDonald from Spey Valley Brewery who loaned us  the beer dispensing machine free of charge.

We’ll do the next one in two years, with some lessons learned from the first run.

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