Friday, 9 August 2013

The nation's real ales are dropping into the Great British Beer Festival next week

Real ales from breweries across the UK will be gracing the bar at the Campaign for Real Ale’s (CAMRA’s) flagship Great British Beer Festival next week.

The week-long event is taking place at London’s Olympia from Tuesday the 13th to Saturday the 17th of August and is expected to attract over 55,000 visitors, who’ll get to sample over 800 beers from around the UK, international brews from Belgium, Germany, Italy, and the USA, as well as traditional ciders and perries.

“There really has never been a better time to discover real ale, with over a thousand breweries in the UK producing over 5000 different beers. In fact the choice is so great that this year we have taken the decision to feature just a single beer from most breweries, in order to represent the largest number of breweries as possible from across the UK.” Mike Benner, CAMRA Chief Executive.

Whether it’s weird and wonderful beers like “A-Pork-A-Lypse”, a Double Chocolate and Bacon Porter produced by Brain’s Brewery in Wales, or St Peter’s Brewery of Suffolk’s “Grapefruit Wheat Beer” - or more established styles such as “Dissolution IPA”, brewed by West Yorkshire’s Kirkstall brewery, or Fuller’s of London’s classic “ESB” – the festival promises to have something for everyone.

To see the full list of real ales, international beers, ciders and perries visit