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Beer Available At Great British Beer Festival (GBBF) (arranged by most recent)
Fernandes Malt Shovel Mild 75, Arkells Bramling X , Stocklinch Black Smock 38, Cazuelaís Panama Red 40, Birra del Borgo Rubus 95, Heavy Seas Peg Leg (Bourbon) 72, Montegioco Demon Hunter 90, Surrey Hills Shere Drop 56, Jarrow Isis 55, Inveralmond Blackfriar Scottish Ale 89, Arbor Triple Hop #10 Motueka-Pacific Gem-Waimea 56, Ninkasi Tricerahops Double IPA 98, Bushys Helmsman 39, Devils Backbone 16 Point Imperial IPA 93, Mad Fox Molotov Hoptail 86, AleSmith Decadence 2010 99, Port City Monumental IPA 60, Bernard S Teěkou Hlavou OX 14į 37, Driftwood Dek Hop , Summit Oatmeal Stout 95
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AdiBeer (41) London, England | January 26, 2014
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
AndySnow (135) Stockholm, Sweden | January 20, 2014
80 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
A great place to go to try out cask beers from obscure corners of England. Less so to go to try a huge variety of beers, most seem to fall into a rather limited set of beer styles.
Boudicca (576) London, England | August 21, 2013
78 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 15/20
Probably the biggest beer festival in the country - usually held at the beginning of August. This year (2013) it was at Kensington Olympia for the second year running and I must say that I much prefer this venue to Earls Court, which is due to be demolished to make way for flats. The Victorian architecture is stunning, with two of the halls lit through lovely wrought iron and glass arched rooves. The choice of British (and, to a lesser extent, American and European) cask beers is difficult to top and the atmosphere is always friendly and relaxed. Itís a marvel really that all this is organised and staffed almost entirely by volunteers - quite a feat. Oh, and Iíve never seen anyone overly inebriated there, which just goes to show that putting a few thousand people and an unlimited supply of beer together doesnít necessarily result in mayhem. Alcohol police take note!
(Last visited 15 August 2013).
Incidentally, it seems strange to have a festival listed as a place - I wonder if there should be a way of reviewing festivals separately?
dnicolaescu (36) Chișinău, Moldova | August 21, 2013
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 4/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 18/20
Great festival atmosphere with lots of like-minded people. Huge selection. Have to be there to really understand.
EdKing (131) London, England | September 5, 2012
90 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 18/20
One of the British beer highlights of the year. Try to go on the Trade Day if possible because everything is a little less crazy. Range of regional British beer is huge and the American and Belgian bars always have some nice surprises. Only downside is that everything has to be cask so some of the American cask versions of beers can be hit and miss. However, I thought this year they did superbly. Food shops are also great here. Iíve not had a better pie, maybe other than at Craft Beer Co and the pork scratchings are awesome. Only downside is that the stalwart volunteers who run it can get a bit tipsy and so the service can be slow at times.
Theydon_Bois (534) The íSham, England | August 29, 2012
90 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 17/20
Donít think Iíve missed a GBBF since í02 so have visited a mix of Olympia and Earls Court. Really enjoyed 2012 back at Olympia, much more airy and a grand old building. Shame that the US bar had shrunk this year as it is patently obvious how popular it is! None the less a great selection of UK and overseas beers every year and always good to sample European beers on cask that you wouldnít normally drink via this dispense method! I typically go on the Wednesday it tends to get busier by the Thursday (silly hat day) and have always avoided the Friday for fear of office parties wandering cluelessly around the venue (which is much more evident on a Thurs compared to Weds!)
Hoping itís still at Olympia in í13.
BeerViking (68) Brentford, England | August 8, 2012
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 15/20
The 2012 GBBF is back at Olympia, which has been considerably expanded since the festival outgrew it a few years back. Itís a far niced venue than Earls Court - it has natural light and a lot less ambient noise, for a start, and there is also quite a bit more space for seating. Donít forget to visit the upstairs bars as well as the ones downstairs!
Travlr (1324) Washington, Washington DC | April 26, 2012
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
Iíve been to both Earls Court and Olympia for this one. The positives of both is that the staff are very friendly, and itís easy to meet an extremely wide variety of beer fans from far and wide. Staff at the cider booth spent a lot of time explaining the different varieties, since I donít know a lot about them. The food was not exciting at either, but then again there are quite a few choices outside the venue in the surrounding neighborhoods, especially around Olympia. I hope that seating at Olympia is more plentiful than it was at Earls Court this year. And I hope someone follows in the tradition of nate2g, who did a terrific job taking us on pub crawls at the time of the 2011 festival.
SaintMatty (209) Uppsala, Sweden | April 22, 2012
90 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 19/20
A fantastic festival, both for UK cask ales and foreign beers. I really enjoy going to this festival and can recommend it to anyone. Yes, they cater for the masses in some ways, but there is always something, even for the most seasoned of tickers!
Leighton (541) London, England | January 13, 2012
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 15/20
The place had everything I would want at a beer festival, namely big space and toilets. Given the huge crowds at the fest I think the Earls Court handled the mayhem pretty well. I never saw any incidents and the atmosphere was pretty much always jovial. I guess it got pretty noisy, but as I reflect on my time spent at GBBF in Earls Court I only remember spending time with good people and drinking lots and lots of beer. It will be interesting to see how Olympia fares as the new venue.
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