Stage set for Great British Beer Festival 2016
5th August 2016
This year’s Great British Beer Festival (GBBF) is set to be the best ever, with everything from limited edition brews and one-off specials from some of the best known real ale breweries, to award-winning favourites from microbreweries across the UK and even an American Cask beer bar unique to the festival.
With more than 900 real ales, ciders, perries and international beers, there’s something to suit everyone's taste. The festival takes place at Olympia London from 5pm on Tuesday 9 August to Saturday 13 August and many of Britain’s most recognisable breweries will run their own bars at the event, including Charles Wells, Fuller’s, St Austell and Wadworth.
More than 350 breweries are represented on the CAMRA bars, including those in the Champion Beer Of Britain competition. Visitors will also have the chance to sample foreign beers from Belgium, Germany, Italy and beyond.
Two real cider and perry bars will be bursting with drinks full of the fresh fruit flavours of apples and pears. There are special bars for some of the best-known names in British brewing, including the new London Real Ale in a Bottle Bar, many featuring beers exclusively for festival-goers.
The Great British Beer Festival Trade Session is reserved for members of the industry including pub licensees, pub staff, media and brewers from across the country. The Trade Session will take place on Tuesday 9th August from 12noon – 5pm and is an opportunity for all sectors of the trade to come together, to meet and network with other industry members and to sample some of the finest beers on the market.
Accompanying the vast range of real ale, cider, perry and beers will be music and entertainment on the festival stage. Rock, pop and alternative bands appear alongside auctions, traditional pub games and Saturday’s Big Pub Quiz.
There are alternative activities for the whole family such as the fully equipped family area to keep the children busy throughout the festival so they don’t feel left out.
Tickets are on sale from: www.gbbf.org.uk/tickets
Opening times are:
9 August 5pm – 10pm
10 August 12 noon – 10pm
11 August 12 noon – 10pm
12 August 12 noon – 10pm
13 August 11am – 6.30pm