Olympia - Great British Beer Festival (GBBF)

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Beers At Olympia - Great British Beer Festival (GBBF)

Deep Ellum Darkest Hour11%6/10/2017
Track Zoji5.8%6/8/2017
Great Divide Old Ruffian 10.27%4/27/2017
Sahtipaja Rött men inte Sött4.7%1/6/2017
Ironfire Raw Dog IPA - Grapefruit Zest8.5%12/10/2016
Moat Mountain Iron Mike Pale Ale5.6%12/10/2016
Ninkasi Hop Cooler Citrus IPA7.2%12/10/2016
Olde Swan Dark Swan4.2%10/26/2016
Sonnet 43 Aurora4.4%10/26/2016
Canteen Brewhouse Radio Wave IPA7.8%10/26/2016
Rebellion Agincourt4.2%10/26/2016
Island Earls RDA5%10/26/2016
Pyraser Jubeltrunk Altfränkisch5.5%10/26/2016
Permon Russian Imperi(um)al Stout7.6%10/25/2016
Elmtree Nightlight Mild5.7%10/25/2016
Norfolk Brewhouse Moon Gazer Dark Mild4.9%10/25/2016
Urban Farm Spruce Tip Session Ale4.5%10/25/2016
Hardywood Peach Tripel8.2%10/25/2016
Taos Mesa Mosaic IPA6.8%10/25/2016
Chama River Sleeping Dog Stout6%10/25/2016
Awesome Ales Spike Driver Ale7.9%10/25/2016
Aeronaut Toasted Brown Ale5%10/25/2016
Tributary O.O. Stout5.75%10/25/2016
Throwback Cheek Squeezer (Tart Cherry)4.9%10/25/2016
Worsthorne Packhorse3.7%10/25/2016
Noble Ale Works Galaxy Showers8.8%10/25/2016
Santiam Daydream Tropical IPA6.5%10/25/2016
Wiens Far Post Brown - Coffee5%10/25/2016
Grimm Brothers Fearless Youth5.2%10/25/2016
Zoiglhaus Ramona Red Ale6.5%10/25/2016
Stone Mocha IPA9%10/23/2016
Langton Inclined Plane4.2%10/23/2016
Quarter Celtic Quarter Porter 6%10/23/2016
RiverWalk Uncle Bob’s Bitter4.5%10/23/2016
Tiny Rebel Juicy4.8%10/23/2016
Two Roses Mosaic4%10/23/2016
Goody Good Evening3.4%10/22/2016
Yeovil Yolo #10 Belma & Colombus4.2%10/22/2016
Surrey Hills Greensand IPA4.6%10/22/2016
Mallinsons Magnum Saaz3.9%10/22/2016
De Molen Hel & Verdoemenis Bourbon BA11%10/22/2016
Revolutions E.P3.9%10/19/2016
Church End Grave Diggers Ale3.8%10/19/2016
Baladin Xyauyù Fumé (Islay Whisky)14%10/19/2016
RCH Hewish Mild3.6%10/19/2016
Small World Secret4%10/19/2016
Flying Monk Birdman4.7%10/19/2016
Two Chefs Green Bullet5.7%10/19/2016
Chadwick’s Castle Mills3.6%10/19/2016
Facers Mountain Mild3.3%10/18/2016
Black Cat Hopsmack4%10/18/2016
Kew Dahlia5.2%10/18/2016
Gyle 59 Freedom Hiker3.7%10/18/2016
Gadds She Sells Seashells4.7%10/18/2016
Ammerndorfer Keller Trunk4.9%10/18/2016
Grafters Darker Side of the Moon4.2%10/18/2016
Everards Carnival4.3%10/18/2016
Brampton Mild4.9%10/18/2016
Sherfield Village TBA3.9%10/8/2016
Abrahalls Lily The Pink4.5%9/30/2016
Sierra Nevada Otra Vez4.5%9/24/2016
Fuller’s Vintage Ale 20168.5%9/12/2016
Bad Flash Hop Wings5.2%9/12/2016
Ipswich Original Ale5.4%9/12/2016
Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Stout of the Union7.3%9/11/2016
Pizza Port 3rd Anniversary IPA (Bressi Ranch)7%9/11/2016
XT 14 Saison4.5%9/11/2016
Stone Liberty Station Ghost Gose Gadget4.1%9/11/2016
BridgePort Cream Ale4.8%9/11/2016
Cerne Abbas Tiger Tom Ruby Mild4.4%9/9/2016
Leatherbritches Cad4%9/9/2016
Whitstable Renaissance3.8%9/9/2016
Gribble Pukka Mild3.6%9/9/2016
Rother Valley Smild3.8%9/9/2016
Top Out Pale Ale El Dorado3.6%9/9/2016
Raven White IPA6.3%9/8/2016
Clock Twist 14° American Red IPA6.2%9/8/2016
London Phuchsia4.9%9/8/2016
Strathaven Summer Glow3.9%9/8/2016
Felstar Crix Forest4%9/8/2016
Brecon Blonde Beacons4.1%9/8/2016
Oldershaw Sorachi 4.2%9/8/2016
Harveys Elizabethan Ale 1952-2012 (Bottle) 7.5%9/8/2016
LOC Dinky Mosaic4.7%9/7/2016
Vocation Chop & Change Cascade4.5%9/6/2016
Red Fox Mild3.6%9/6/2016
J.W. Lees Cyclhops4.5%9/6/2016
Boss Black5%9/6/2016
Magic Bus Farmhouse Cider5.8%9/6/2016
Three B’s Stoker’s Slake3.6%9/6/2016
Abbeydale / Kuhnhenn Hop Smash7.4%9/6/2016
Burton Bridge Draught Burton Ale4.8%9/2/2016
Loch Lomond Southern Summit4%9/2/2016
Mohawk Double Down DIPA8.5%9/2/2016
Alameda Admiration IPA6.8%9/1/2016
Mohawk India Pale Ale6.9%9/1/2016
Lakefront Hop Jockey Double IPA8.2%9/1/2016
Mohawk Session IPA4.5%8/31/2016
Port City Monumental IPA6.3%8/31/2016
Wells Bombardier Burning Gold (Cask)4.7%8/29/2016

  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 6/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
Travlr  (2848) Charlotte , North Carolina | April 26, 2012
I’ve been to both Earls Court and Olympia for this one. The positives of both is that the staff are very friendly, and it’s 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 don’t 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.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
WingmanWillis  (1560) , England | August 14, 2015
Rating from August 2015 and 3 visits. Nice hall with a huge range if beer. The range could be a little more adventurous on the UK front but the European and US cask list are where it’s at. Service can be a little shaky at times but all the staff were friendly. The layout could be improved to get served quicker. It’s a great beer showcase but could be better.
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 5/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
Boudicca  (1231) London, England | August 21, 2013| Updated August 25, 2014
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?
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
Theydon_Bois  (1034) Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, England | August 29, 2012
Don’t think I’ve missed a GBBF since ’02 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 wouldn’t 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 it’s still at Olympia in ’13.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
Leighton  (1032) London, England | January 13, 2012
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.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 6/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
Cunningham  (790) Halden, Norway | January 4, 2012
Noizy and crowdy. Not easy to find a place to sit if you are coming an our or two after opening hours. Great beer selection, but not always a great beer. Now and then you will go for a bottle just to be sure you get a real taste :-) Lot of nice people and some good tutored tastings. You need to be there for a while to get the whole picture. Been at Earls Court three times. Looking forward to visit Olympia
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
chriso  (715) London, England | August 16, 2016
It’s a big hall that once a year has lots of beers in it. The range of UK beers can be a bit uninspiring for the hard core beer geek. There’s more interest in the foreign beers (except the Germans which seem to be the same every year). The US casks take a hammering so if you want to try those go on the first two days. All the servers are volunteers so you need to make alowances for that. There are better CAMRA festivals for UK beer range but I always enjoy my visit here.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • OVERALL 18/20
Brugmansia  (635) 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 ;-)
  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil  (621) Tallinn, Estonia | August 13, 2011
Well, Olympia will be different, so this review isn’t relevant any more. Noisy and sweaty. But you can’t fauly the selection. You can fault boring brewers for brewing yet another boring bitter, though. Nosh is pucker. Beers are cheap, but entry isn’t.
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • OVERALL 15/20
rlgk  (613) Göteborg, Sweden | August 14, 2015
Wonderful festival with loads of british caska. American stand is great and s is the Belgian, Czech and german ones. A festivlal i definately dont wanna miss.

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