The biggest beer festival in the UK is just around the corner but one of the main lures this year isn’t British at all.
Held at Olympia in London, the Great British Beer Festival (GBBF for short) is a matter of days away, starting on 8th August. It’s CAMRA’s (Campaign for Real Ale) flagship festival and is celebrating its 40th year.
This year things are a bit different with the inclusion of English wine but that’s not what has caught attention of myself and others. What has is the US Brewers Association bar (as it arguably has in previous years).
The bar can be found at other events such as Craft Beer Rising but is particularly making waves this year at GBBF. The ‘USA and New World Bottles Bar’ will be a main attraction as “Rare visitors include an imperial raspberry stout, an IPA aged in old gin barrels and a rum barrel aged coconut quadruple,” according to CAMRA.
Craft beer lovers will no doubt be queuing at the bar to try American delights such as New Belgium’s limited edition Fat Tire Belgian White and Fifty Fifty’s Eclipse Barrel Aged Imperial Stout. There will also be beers from Australia and New Zealand.
Update: I’ve been informed that the new version of Fat Tire hasn’t made it across the Atlantic for GBBF. Other highlights, however, include Epic Brainless on Peaches and Gigantic’s Grimalkin Amorphotron.
Many of the 100+ beers behind the bar won’t be available anywhere else in the UK. As you can see above, CAMRA is using this a way to lure punters in.
“The only bar that interests me at GBBF,” said a commenter on Facebook in reference to the bar.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s a good thing that beer from round the world is celebrated at GBBF. You’ll find some decent brews from places like Germany and Belgium, too. I just think it’s ironic that a lot of the most sought after beers will not be from the UK.
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