Since we last held a beer festival we have learned of the passing of a number of long standing members of the Aberdeen Branch, all stalwarts of the Great Grampian Beer Festival.
Dave Whitelock was a veteran of many a festival, Dave turned his hand to many of the jobs on offer. He was never happier than using a broom to encourage the last of the day's stragglers to leave at the end of a long session.
Mike Burton was a larger-than-life character who made everyone welcome. He worked like a trojan and could never be idle, while always trying to work smarter not harder. He would do the jobs that no-one else wanted. He could talk to anyone about anything and always had a plethora of stories.
Steve Kinnaird was a keen home brewer, photographer and beer connoisseur. He travelled with his camper van to visit interesting country pubs. He regularly worked at the Aberdeen Beer Festival in both the McClymont Hall and at Pittodrie, working at both bar and products stands.
We also learned of the passing of Alan Jardine. Alan was part of the "dream team" that manned the door at the Aberdeen beer festival, ensuring a friendly welcome and efficient entry to the venue. Latterly Alan became the festival treasurer, a role which he filled diligently and responsibly.
In 2023 we lost Jim Watson. Jim, seen below taking a break at the festival to catch up with one of his grandchildren, was a veteran of many of our Great Grampian beer festivals and as well as being "King of The Glasswasher" he was also instrumental in the building of both the second (McClymont Halls lower room) and third (Pittodrie) generations of bespoke bar counters. Not to mention the annual ongoing repairs.
In 2023 we also said farewell to Alex McLean, our festival auditor. In the picture, Alex shows everybody how to roll a partially filled cask round an obstacle course in double-quick time during a visit to Isle of Skye Brewery.
Guys, you were all a right good blether and it was a pleasure to be in your company. You are sorely missed.