Olympia - Great British Beer Festival (GBBF) | Kensington, Greater London
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Olympia - Great British Beer Festival (GBBF)
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Olympia Exhibition Centre, Hammersmith Road
Kensington, Greater London England W14 8UX [ print map ]
020 7385 1200

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Brewfist / De Molen / Toccalmatto / Ducato M.I.L.D. 91, Squatters Bumper Crop 79, Hadrian & Border Grainger Ale 52, Beeston Village Life , Frog Island Natterjack 40, New Holland Paleooza 86, Birra del Borgo Duchessic 98, Sierra Nevada Nooner Session IPA 77, Aeronaut Brown Ale 41, No-Li Wrecking Ball Imperial Stout 95, Zero Gravity T.L.A. India Pale Ale 94, Panther Black Panther 74, Golden Triangle Citropolis 47, Bog Iron Stinger IPA 81, Herok & Howellís Festival Ale 18, Terrapin Side Project Guano Loco 89, J.W. Lees Golden Peddler , Ashover Hydro 40, Deschutes Chainbreaker White IPA 87, Fullerís Vintage Ale 2014 82
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18 reviews for Olympia - Great British Beer Festival (GBBF)
 Ambiance  71%
 Service  73%
 Selection  91%
 Food  65%
 Value  74%
 Overall  82%
 Rating  91%
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88
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 4/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 18/20
dnicolaescu  (38) Chișinău, Moldova | August 21, 2013
Great festival atmosphere with lots of like-minded people. Huge selection. Have to be there to really understand.
92
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
Benzai  (139) Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, Netherlands | September 9, 2014
Hah, never knew I could rate a place where a festival is held solely for that reason. Anyway. What can I say: there were 900 different beers! 900!! Had a great time, service was good and pretty quick, lots of different food stands and lots of space though the seats are quite limited. Loved it though!
86
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 17/20
Sledutah  (370) Utah | August 24, 2014
Great fun, go if you get the chance. Attended GBBF after 4 days of RBESG 2014. Of course make sure you meet up with the RateBeer crew to get the maximum amount of samples, a great group of people!
GABF could learn something from this event. Bought my tickets a few days before the event. Zero lines for entry, glasses, programs, buying beer and food. This is the way it should be.
88
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 18/20
Brugmansia  (412) Jylland, Denmark | July 31, 2014
A beery event, in a beery town, with beery friends - what more can you want??? ;-). Been to several GBBF, and I still love this event. Being at Olympia, this old exhibition hall just add another dimension to the festival. Nice selection of cask beers as well as bottle beers, lots of food stands, that sells a great varaity of food and beers snacks. I just love this event. See you next time ;-)
82
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
AdiBeer  (141) London, England | January 26, 2014
80
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
AndySnow  (182) Stockholm, Sweden | January 20, 2014
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.
78
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 5/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 15/20
Boudicca  (704) London, England | August 21, 2013| Updated August 25, 2014
Probably the biggest beer festival in the country - usually held at the beginning of August. Itís been held at Kensington Olympia since 2012 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 13 August 2014).

Incidentally, it seems strange to have a festival listed as a place - I wonder if there should be a way of reviewing festivals separately?
90
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 18/20
EdKing  (142) London, England | September 5, 2012
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.
90
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 17/20
Theydon_Bois  (633) The íSham, England | August 29, 2012
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.
84
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 15/20
BeerViking  (74) Brentford, England | August 8, 2012
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!

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