With over 900 real ales, ciders, perries and foreign beers available to taste, there is certainly plenty of choice from the hundreds of breweries attending.
The Beer festival takes place across two halls; the Olympia Grand and the Olympia National. Each hall will have a number of bars serving real ale from hundreds of breweries of all shapes and sizes across the UK, as well as brewery bars where you can try both well-known brews and limited edition beers from some of the UK’s biggest and best real ale brewers. As well as that there’ll be some fantastic international draught and bottled beers from the likes of Belgium, Germany, the Czech Republic, and the always popular American bar.
The American Craft beer bar was the subject of plenty of interest from the early arrivals to the festival, but all the bars were soon in action as the crowds poured in.
It is a rather mixed time for the British Beer industry with pubs closing down in increasing numbers but a growth of microbreweries especially in London.
Although most people come to the festival to sample the beer, there are plenty of other attractions with music and pub games to play. There are also a wide range of merchandise stalls where you buy anything from a Sombrero to pork scratchings.
Food is also well featured with a wide variety of food stalls to tempt you.
The Festival has a carnival feel and this year it is actually the theme with each range of bars named after circus performers.
Although the Beer Festival attracts its hardcore real ale connoisseurs, there are many who just take the opportunity to try the different range of beers and enjoy the atmosphere.
With its reasonable entrance fee, it represents very good value for money to anyone who wants to find out more about beer from around the world.
With over 50,000 people expected over next few days, the festival manages to maintain its popularity every year with traders, brewers and visitors alike.
Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended
Festival Opening Times:
12th August – 12 noon-5pm (Trade Session),
12th August – 5pm-10:30pm
13th August – 12 noon-10:30pm
14th August – 12 noon-10:30pm,
15th August – 12 noon-10:30pm
16th August – 11am-7:00pm
Tickets are available for each full day or you can buy a ‘season tickets’ , for more information go to the Great British Beer Festival Website here
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