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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

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Since our launch in 2014, we have attracted thousands of readers each month, the site is constantly updated.
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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

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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.
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Review : Great British Beer Festival at Olympia 12th – 16th August 2014

DSCN4550Today the doors opened at Olympia for the Great British Beer Festival 2014, which for many real ale drinkers is considered the most important event in the Beer calendar.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Food is also well featured with  a wide variety of food stalls to tempt you.

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The Festival has a carnival feel and this year it is actually the theme with each range of bars named after circus performers.

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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.

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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

London Visitors is the official blog for the Visiting London Guide .com website. The website was developed to bring practical advice and latest up to date news and reviews of events in London.
Since our launch in January, we attract 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.
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Great British Beer Festival at Olympia 12th – 16th August 2014

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Location – Olympia London Hammersmith Road, Kensington, London W14 8UX

August sees the return of the ever popular Great British Beer Festival  at the Olympia exhibition centre.

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.

It is easily the UK’s biggest beer festival , but it is not quantity but quality that appeal to many of the drinkers who will find some old favourites and new beers to tempt them.

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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 Cask bar. Both halls will have large seating areas with food and merchandise stalls.
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

London Visitors is the official blog for the Visiting London Guide .com website. The website was developed to bring practical advice and latest up to date news and reviews of events in London.
Since our launch in January, we attract 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