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Stonehaven Real Ale Festival to honour old distillery

Robert Lindsay and Sandy Kenneway, two of the festival organisers
Image caption The festival organisers said they wanted to honour Stonehaven's heritage

A new drink has been brewed to commemorate a distillery at the forthcoming Stonehaven Real Ale Festival.

The Spirit of Glenury bitter honours the town's Glenury Royal Distillery which closed 25 years ago.

Matured in Glenury Royal whisky casks, the ale will be available at the festival which runs from 4 November to 6 November.

Last year's inaugural festival was hailed a great success in the town.

Organiser Robert Lindsay said: "The Glenury distillery still has a special place in the hearts of many people in Stonehaven, and there's a few bottles of Glenury Royal tucked away in cupboards around the town.

"All that is left of the distillery now, 25 years after it was closed, are the remains of the lower part of the chimney and a commemorative plaque.

"We thought it would be a nice idea to pay tribute to that part of Stonehaven's heritage at this year's real ale festival to help keep its memory alive."

The second festival offers the opportunity to sample an ale from dozens of breweries.

Last year's festival raised about £3,500 for a local rescue team that helped during the serious flooding that hit the town.

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