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Great British Beer Festival 2013

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We are back. We reunited for the first time in a few months in London and attended some brilliant beer festivals. The first one of these was one of the biggest, The Great British Beer Festival (GBBF) at the Olympia in Kensington, London.

If you look at the slideshow above you can see photos from the day including some of the pump clips of the beers we tried and views of the venue.

Dan couldn’t come until later on so Rob and I headed down on the Thursday and it was great to see the place jam packed with fellow beer enthusiasts. It was hat day so there were lots of funny hats around which was very entertaining. One hat in particular caught my eye which was a model of a miniature pub which was made out of shoebox it had lots of detail although it looked rather difficult to balance on your head.

There was also lots of pub games, food stalls and also the CAMRA Brewery Shop which had lots of great collectables and memorabilia so there was plenty to do alongside drinking.

Now I had attended the GBBF back in 2010 so I knew what to expect but Rob had never been before so he was quite overwhelmed by the size of the venue. It was safe to say we felt like kids at a sweet shop. With over 800 beers, ciders, perries and foreign beers we didn’t know where to start.

There were lots of different bars with beers from different counties organised in alphabetical order with around three counties per bar. There were also specific brewery bars such as Fullers and Thwaites as well as specific ones for US, German, Czech, Belgian and Bottled Beer bars so basically everything you could possibly want.

So let’s start talking about the beer. Below is a list of all the wonderful beers we tried.

Jon’s Beer List

Greene King – Hurdy Gurdy Wheat Beer 4.1% ABV
Saltaire – Triple Chocoholic 4.8% ABV
Mordue Brewery – Workie Ticket 4.5% ABV
Grain – Blonde Ash 4.0% ABV
Offbeat – Raspberry Way Out 4.5% ABV
Enville – Chainmaker Mild 4.0% ABV
Amber – Chocolate Orange Stout 4.0% ABV
Great Orme – Welsh Black 4.0% ABV
Schlenkerla – Rauchbier Eiche 8.0% ABV
Cairngorm – Black Gold 4.4% ABV
RCH – Old Slug Porter 4.5% ABV
Comrade Bill Bartums – Egalitarian Anti Imperialist Soviet Stout 6.9% ABV
Greene King – 5x 12% ABV
Wessex – Russian Stoat 9% ABV

Rob’s Beer List

Belhaven – Scottish Stout 7% ABV
Holden’s – Black Country Mild 3.7% ABV
Offbeat – Raspberry Way Out 4.5% ABV
Timothy Taylor – Boltmaker 4.0% ABV
George Wright – Citra 4.1% ABV
Amber – Chocolate Orange Stout 4.0% ABV
Milestone – Raspberry Wheat Beer 5.6% ABV
Great Orme – Welsh Black 4.0% ABV
Kneitinger Dunkel 5.2% ABV
Burton Bridge – XL Mild 4.0% ABV
Moor – Revival 3.8% ABV
Comrade Bill Bartums – Egalitarian Anti Imperialist Soviet Stout 6.9% ABV
Greene King – 5x 12% ABV
Wessex – Russian Stoat 9% ABV

If you want to hear a comprehensive review and find out what beers we selected as our favourites listen to Pubcask 24 which we recorded live from the event.

We would highly recommend the GBBF to any beer lover as it is a fantastic day out!

Kind Beergards


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4 comments on “Great British Beer Festival 2013

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    October 9, 2013

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    • Jon Stone
      October 9, 2013

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    March 14, 2014

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    March 14, 2014

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