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Beer Available At Olympia - Great British Beer Festival (GBBF) (arranged by most recent)
Exe Valley Winter Glow 48, Holsworthy Tamar Black 72, Barngates Goodhew’s Dry Stout 49, Cumbrian Legendary Grasmoor Dark Ale 63, Blackedge IPA 51, Dunscar Bridge True North 48, Ringway Wor Stout 39, Chotěboř Prémium Světlý Ležák 66, Yeovil Stout Hearted 74, Northumberland Main Seam 38, North Coast Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout 100, Brewfist / To Øl Space Frontier 87, Fuller’s Past Masters Old Burton Extra (OBE) 85, Boulder Beer Shake Chocolate Porter 97, Outstanding IPA 49, Norfolk Brewhouse Moon Gazer Golden Ale 46, Maypole Mayfly 22, Svatý Norbert IPA 97, White Horse Camarillo 38, Pressure Drop Nanban Kanpai 81
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tdtm82 (100) , England | January 6, 2015
92 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
If they stopped over-venting the casks this would be one of the best beer festivals in the country. The selection is only just bigger than Chris O’s house. Only just though. The staff are friendly especially that guy behind the Hogs Back brewery with that Elusive beer. Nice gueuze range. I always get a special from De Molen and something crazy from the US. Great work CAMRA.
Lowenbrau (233) Asturias, Oviedo, Spain | October 24, 2014
80 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 16/20
We attended the 2014 edition. Lots of nice beers and little time. A must for any beerlover around the world i think, at least once in a lifetime.
Benzai (171) Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, Netherlands | September 9, 2014
92 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
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!
Sledutah (463) Utah | August 24, 2014
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 17/20
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.
Brugmansia (466) Jylland, Denmark | July 31, 2014
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
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 ;-)
AdiBeer (169) 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 (221) 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 (949) London, England | August 21, 2013| Updated August 25, 2014
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. It’s 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. It’s a marvel really that all this is organised and staffed almost entirely by volunteers - quite a feat. Oh, and I’ve never seen anyone overly inebriated there, which just goes to show that putting a few thousand people and an unlimited supply of beer together doesn’t 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?
dnicolaescu (45) 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 (154) 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. I’ve 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.
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