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Review : The Great British Beer Festival 2016 at Olympia – 9th to 13th August 2016

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In the bright sunshine, thousands of real ale fans made their way to the Olympia Exhibition Centre for the return of the ever popular Great British Beer Festival. The Festival is organised by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) and is the most prestigious Beer Festival held in the UK.

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Over the next few days, over 50,000 people will  attend the event, and this year they will be spoilt for choice with over 900 real ales, ciders, perries and foreign beers available to taste. Despite the decline of pubs in certain areas, Beer is enjoying something of a renaissance in recent times and a walk around the festival provides plenty of evidence of the incredible choices available.

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The Beer Festival takes place across two halls; the Olympia Grand and the Olympia National. Each hall has a number of bars serving real ale from hundreds of breweries of all shapes and sizes across the UK, there are a number of 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 including  Brains, Charles Wells, Fuller’s, Harveys, SIBA, St Austell, Tiny Rebel and Titanic.

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The rise of the Tiny Rebel brewery is evidence that small breweries can compete with the major breweries. Tiny Rebel was only launched in 2012 but managed to produce Cwtch that was declared CAMRA Champion Beer of Britain 2015.

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The festival may support British brewing, however it attracts a wide range  of international draught and bottled beers from the likes of Belgium, Germany, the Czech Republic, France, Italy, Holland and Malta. The United States is considered the home of the Craft Beer and the festival features the American Cask Bar which offers a wide range of beers from all over America. One of the great changes in beer production in recent years is the proliferation of microbreweries from all across the world who have created a whole new range of products bringing together the old and the new.

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The Great British Beer Festival is easily the UK’s biggest beer festival , but it is not only quantity but quality that appeal to many of the drinkers who will find some old favourites and new beers to tempt them. Visitors to the festival come from all over the UK and the rest of the world, for many it is an annual pilgrimage to enjoy the beer and the friendly atmosphere.

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Although the beer is the main focus, the event has a carnival atmosphere with  plenty of entertainment including live music, food, seating areas, and traditional pub games to enjoy. The Festival also keeps beer drinkers up to date on the latest campaigns by CAMRA, for all of the resurgence of beer drinking, pubs all over the country are closing at an alarming rate.

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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.

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

If you would like further information or book tickets , visit the GBBF website here

London Visitors is the official blog for the Visiting London Guide .com website. The website was developed to bring practical advice and the latest up to date news and reviews of events in London.
Since our launch in 2014, we have attracted thousands of readers each month, the site is constantly updated.
We have sections on Museums and Art Galleries, Transport, Food and Drink, Places to Stay, Security, Music, Sport, Books and many more.
There are also hundreds of links to interesting articles on our blog.
To find out more visit the website here

The Great British Beer Festival 2016 at Olympia – 9th to 13th August 2016

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This week sees the return of the ever popular Great British Beer Festival  at the Olympia Exhibition Centre. The Great British Beer Festival is organised by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) and is the most prestigious Beer Festival held in the UK.

Over 50,000 people  usually  attend the event, and this year they will be spoilt for choice with over 900 real ales, ciders, perries and foreign beers available to taste. Beer is enjoying something of a renaissance in recent times and a walk around the festival provides plenty of evidence of the choice available.

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The Beer Festival takes place across two halls; the Olympia Grand and the Olympia National. Each hall has 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 including  Brains, Charles Wells, Fuller’s, Harveys, SIBA, St Austell, Tiny Rebel and Titanic. There are a wide range  of international draught and bottled beers from the likes of Belgium, Germany, the Czech Republic. However, one of the great changes in beer production in recent years is the proliferation of microbreweries from all across the UK who have created a whole new range of products bringing together the old and the new.

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The Great British Beer Festival is easily the UK’s biggest beer festival , but it is not only quantity but quality that appeal to many of the drinkers who will find some old favourites and new beers to tempt them. Visitors to the festival come from all over the UK and the rest of the world, for many it is an annual pilgrimage to enjoy the beer and the friendly atmosphere.

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Although the beer is the main focus, the event has a carnival atmosphere with  plenty of entertainment including live music, food, seating areas, and traditional pub games to enjoy. The Festival also keeps beer drinkers up to date on the latest campaigns by CAMRA, for all of the resurgence of beer drinking, pubs all over the country are closing at an alarming rate.

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.

If you would like further information or book tickets , visit the GBBF website here

London Visitors is the official blog for the Visiting London Guide .com website. The website was developed to bring practical advice and the latest up to date news and reviews of events in London.
Since our launch in 2014, we have attracted thousands of readers each month, the site is constantly updated.
We have sections on Museums and Art Galleries, Transport, Food and Drink, Places to Stay, Security, Music, Sport, Books and many more.
There are also hundreds of links to interesting articles on our blog.
To find out more visit the website here

Review : The Great British Beer Festival at Olympia – 11th to 15th August 2015

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This week sees the return of the ever popular Great British Beer Festival  at the Olympia Exhibition Centre. The Great British Beer Festival is organised by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) and is the most prestigious Beer Festival held in the UK.

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Over 50,000 people  usually  attend the event, and this year they will be spoilt for choice with over 900 real ales, ciders, perries and foreign beers available to taste. Beer is enjoying something of a renaissance in recent times and a walk around the festival provides plenty of evidence of the choice available.

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The Beer Festival takes place across two halls; the Olympia Grand and the Olympia National. Each hall has 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 including  Brains, Charles Wells, Fuller’s, Harvey & Son, Hogs Back, Shepherd Neame, SIBA, St Austell and Wadworth. There are a wide range  of international draught and bottled beers from the likes of Belgium, Germany, the Czech Republic. However, one of the great changes in beer production in recent years is the proliferation of microbreweries from all across the UK who have created a whole new range of products bringing together the old and the new.

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The Great British Beer Festival is easily the UK’s biggest beer festival , but it is not only quantity but quality that appeal to many of the drinkers who will find some old favourites and new beers to tempt them. Visitors to the festival come from all over the UK and the rest of the world, for many it is an annual pilgrimage to enjoy the beer and the friendly atmosphere.

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Although the beer is the main focus, the event has a carnival atmosphere with  plenty of entertainment including live music, food, seating areas, and traditional pub games to enjoy. The Festival also keeps beer drinkers up to date on the latest campaigns by CAMRA, for all of the resurgence of beer drinking, pubs all over the country are closing at an alarming rate.

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One of the highlights of the first day is the award of the CAMRA’s Champion Beer of Britain award, considered one of the most prestigious awards in the real ale world, this year’s  surprise winners were a small brewery from Newport in Wales. Tiny Rebel’s beer Cwtch was announced as the overall winner of the Champion Beer of Britain competition. Co-founders of the brewery Gareth Williams and Bradley Cummings were there to collect the award for a brewery that was only established in 2012.

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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.

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

Tickets

Single Day Tickets range from CAMRA Member Day Ticket Advance Price  £8 or Non-Member Day Ticket Advance Price: £10
Season Tickets are available

Opening Hours

Tuesday 11th

5pm – 10.30pm

Weds 12 Aug

12noon – 10.30pm

Thurs 13 Aug

12noon – 10.30pm

Fri 14 Aug

12noon – 10.30pm

Sat 15 Aug

11am – 6.30pm

If you would like further information or book tickets , visit the GBBF website here

London Visitors is the official blog for the Visiting London Guide .com website. The website was developed to bring practical advice and the latest up to date news and reviews of events in London.
Since our launch in 2014, we have attracted thousands of readers each month, the site is constantly updated.
We have sections on Museums and Art Galleries, Transport, Food and Drink, Places to Stay, Security, Music, Sport, Books and many more.
There are also hundreds of links to interesting articles on our blog.
To find out more visit the website here

The Great British Beer Festival at Olympia – 11th to 15th August 2015

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August sees the return of the ever popular Great British Beer Festival  at the Olympia exhibition centre. The Great British Beer Festival is organised by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) and the most prestigious Beer Festival held in the UK.
Over 50,000 people  usually  attend the event, and this year they will be spoilt for choice with over 900 real ales, ciders, perries and foreign beers available to taste.

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It is easily the UK’s biggest beer festival , but it is not only quantity but quality that appeal to many of the drinkers who will find some old favourites and new beers to tempt them. 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.  There will be award-winning favourites from microbreweries across the UK and even an American Cask beer bar unique to the festival.

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GBBF 2015 will feature a total of 10 brewery bars, all serving well known brews from some of the UK’s biggest real ale breweries, alongside some limited edition specials. Breweries include Brains, Charles Wells, Fuller’s, Harvey & Son, Hogs Back, Shepherd Neame, SIBA, St Austell and Wadworth.

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Although the Beer is the main focus, the event has a carnival atmosphere with  plenty of entertainment including live music, food, seating areas, and traditional pub games to enjoy.

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Tickets

Single Day Tickets range from CAMRA Member Day Ticket Advance Price or £8 Non-Member Day Ticket Advance Price: £10
Season Tickets are available

Opening Hours

Tuesday 11th

5pm – 10.30pm

Weds 12 Aug

12noon – 10.30pm

Thurs 13 Aug

12noon – 10.30pm

Fri 14 Aug

12noon – 10.30pm

Sat 15 Aug

11am – 6.30pm

If you would like further information or book tickets , visit the GBBF website here

London Visitors is the official blog for the Visiting London Guide .com website. The website was developed to bring practical advice and the latest up to date news and reviews of events in London.
Since our launch in 2014, we have attracted thousands of readers each month, the site is constantly updated.
We have sections on Museums and Art Galleries, Transport, Food and Drink, Places to Stay, Security, Music, Sport, Books and many more.
There are also hundreds of links to interesting articles on our blog.
To find out more visit the website here