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Great British Beer Festival

The Great Beer Festival is an annual event organized by CAMRA, Campaign for Real Ale. More than 450 real ales (the ones that are brewed from traditional ingredients and are served without the usage of extraneous carbon dioxide) from the British breweries are available throughout the festival. The range of ales includes golden ales, fruit beers, stouts, bitters and some international real lagers. Also 200 foreign beer manufacturers participate in the event.

DateTuesday 3rd August 2010 to Saturday 7th August 2010
LocationEarls Court and Olympia Exhibition Centres
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Earls Court and Olympia Exhibition Centres
Earls Court Exhibition Centre

Olympia Exhibition Centre
W14 8UX

Telephone No.+442073851200
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The predecessor to the present day GBBF was organised by CAMRA between 9-13 September, 1975. It was a large beer festival in central London. To be precise the first true Great British Beer Festival was held in 1977.

Besides beer, many other forms of entertainment and gastronomic delights are on offer during the festival such as traditional pub games, live music, good traditional pub snacks and a chance to be a beer expert by enrolling in a class of tutored beer tastings.

Brief details of the other extras on offer are:

Festival Staffing: Staff at the festival is voluntary. It is hard but enjoyable work where one gets a chance to socialise with thousands of beer loving people. The voluntary staffing comes with attractive privileges, for example free beer, highly subsidised food and accommodation at hotels or free stay in halls of residence in London.

Tutored Tastings: Visitors can choose to become beer connoisseurs by attending tutored tastings wherein prominent beer experts take the class through various topics about beer in the workshop.

Corporate Hospitality: Companies can make the best out of the event by availing the corporate hospitality. The festival is a great place for corporate group activities like networking and team building.

Trade Session: The members of the beer industry get a chance to come together, sample some of the finest beers in the UK and be the first to hear the judges' choices for the 2008 Champion Beer of Britain.

Champion Beer of Britain: Fondly referred to as CBOB, it is normally judged at the Great British Beer Festival, but the nomination process is almost a continual task. The award is given in ten categories which include Overall Champions, Bitter Class, Best Bitter Class, Premium Bitter Class, Strong Bitter/Ale Class, Golden Ale Class, Mild Class, Speciality Beer Class and New Brewery Class.