Olympia - Great British Beer Festival (GBBF)

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Beers At Olympia - Great British Beer Festival (GBBF)

Odell Piña Agria7%9/30/2017
FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout - Rye Cuvée11%9/12/2017
Williams Brothers Splanky6.5%8/28/2017
Waulkmill Cider Wallace 13055%8/28/2017
FERMÆNTRA Chroma5.1%8/28/2017
Heavy Seas Double Cannon - Barrel Aged9.5%8/28/2017
Cromarty Red Rocker5%8/23/2017
Turtle Mountain Lil' Shelly5.2%8/23/2017
Canteen Strawberry Basil Gose 5.4%8/23/2017
Raven Brewstock Ale Orange IPA6.2%8/23/2017
Raven Apricot Weisse3.2%8/23/2017
Union Craft Balt Altbier5.6%8/22/2017
Tractor Brewing Big Sipper IPA5.8%8/22/2017
Point Beyond The Pale IPA6.5%8/14/2017
Saugatuck Singapore IPA7%8/14/2017
Kuchlbauer Turmweisse5.9%8/14/2017
Barbarrique Inclusio Ultima7%8/13/2017
Tiny Rebel Stay Puft5.2%8/12/2017
Tiny Rebel Captain Insano10%8/12/2017
Mallinsons Danger: Hops!5%8/11/2017
Castle Rock Elsie Mo (Cask)4.7%8/10/2017
Skinners Cornish Knocker Ale4.5%8/10/2017
Exmoor Gold (Cask)4.5%8/10/2017
Milton Sparta4.3%8/10/2017
Swannay Scapa Special4.2%8/10/2017
Brentwood Best4.2%8/10/2017
Blackedge Pike Pale Ale4%8/10/2017
Harveys Wharf IPA4.8%8/10/2017
Burning Sky / Harveys Anglezarke IPA6.66%8/10/2017
Keesmann Gold5.7%8/10/2017
Hammer Koral6.3%8/10/2017
Raven Summer Citra 11°4.7%8/10/2017
Moles Rucking Mole4.5%8/10/2017
Bingley Session IPA4.2%8/10/2017
Hop Skin Tsunami4.5%8/10/2017
Fuller's London Porter (Cask)5.4%8/10/2017
Grainstore Rutland Beast5.3%8/10/2017
Big Hand Domino4.4%8/10/2017
Woodfordes Norfolk Nog4.6%8/10/2017
Monty's Old Jailhouse3.9%8/10/2017
Totally Brewed Papa Jangles Voodoo Stout4.5%8/10/2017
Oliver's Classic Perry6%8/10/2017
Glastonbury Black As Yer 'At4.3%8/10/2017
Small World Summer Bank3.7%8/10/2017
Harpoon The Juicer: III5.4%8/10/2017
O'Connor El Guapo7.5%8/10/2017
Franklins The Night's Watch10%8/10/2017
Aeronaut First Steps on a Sour Planet - Passion Fruit3.5%8/10/2017
Aeronaut Hoppy Brett Sour3.2%8/10/2017
Smuttynose Brown Dog (Cascade & Rum-Soaked Oak Chips)6.5%8/10/2017
Franklins The Dragon Queen8.5%8/9/2017
Second Street Diploid IPA7.6%8/9/2017
Sierra Nevada Tropical Torpedo6.7%8/9/2017
Oliver's At The Hop #45.5%8/9/2017
Uprising All Day Pale2.7%8/9/2017
Brooklyn Destroy All Monsters9.8%8/9/2017
La Cumbre Elevated IPA7.2%8/9/2017
Driftwood Spars Red River Rye4.3%8/9/2017
Problem Child Rascal3.8%8/9/2017
Pictish Sauvin Blanc4.9%8/9/2017
Marble Imperial Red Ale9%8/9/2017
Big Lamp Sunny Daze3.6%8/9/2017
Boon Oude Lambik6%8/8/2017
Sierra Nevada Hoptimum 20179.6%8/8/2017
St. Austell Black Square 12.5%8/8/2017
Mad Fox Slobberknocker (Heaven Hill Barrels)10.1%8/8/2017
Vibrant Forest Summerlands3.5%8/8/2017
LOC Train Hopper8.7%8/8/2017
White Gypsy Old Smoke Irish Stout5.2%8/8/2017
Brockley Porter4.3%8/8/2017
The Rookery Raspberry Mead 17%8/8/2017
Tryst Peach Pale Ale3.9%8/8/2017
Arbor Rocketman6%8/8/2017
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 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

  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
Benzai  (275) 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!
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
Sledutah  (632) 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.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • OVERALL 18/20
Brugmansia  (662) 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 4/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 6/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
MrTipple  (241) London, England | January 26, 2014
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
AndySnow  (300) Huddinge , 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.
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 5/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
Boudicca  (1232) 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 7/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 4/10
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
dnicolaescu  (63) Chișinău, Moldova | August 21, 2013
Great festival atmosphere with lots of like-minded people. Huge selection. Have to be there to really understand.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
EdKing  (199) 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. 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.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
Theydon_Bois  (1044) 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 9/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
BeerViking  (120) 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. It’s 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. Don’t forget to visit the upstairs bars as well as the ones downstairs!
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 6/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
Travlr  (2974) 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.

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