The GBBF in numbers
This year’s event takes place in Olympia for the first time since 2005, presumably because its previous home of Earls’ Court is tied up with some other event.
This change of venue may be a factor in CAMRA’s decision to reduce the festival’s range of beers, ciders and perries to 800 this year, down from a reported 1,000 last year.
The beer range will be heavily slanted towards cask-conditioned ales. However it’s clear that with fermented drinks from a few hundred UK brewers, plus dozens of overseas beers, most tastes will be catered for.
A wide range of food stalls will also be at the festival offering pies, pasties, burgers, sausages, Indian and Thai food, chips, steaks, seafood, cheese, olives and pasta
Live musical entertainment will be on throughout the festival
It’s worth remembering that the bars close at 10:30pm (or 7pm on the final day).
Great British Beer Festival,
Olympia (Hammersmith Road, London, W14 8UX),
Open 5pm-10:30pm Tuesday, 12pm-10:30pm Wednesday-Friday, 11am-7pm Saturday. T
ickets cost £8 in advance (£6 for CAMRA members), £1 discount for group bookings (10+).
More information and tickets available from the festival website.
On the following pages we take a look at the GBBF in numbers.
1. All the pints poured at 2011 GBBF would lap 50 times around an athletes track
2. The amount of beer pour at the event last year was the equivalent of the volume two family sized swimming pools
3. 250,000 pints of ale have been ordered in for this years festival
4. Over 800 British ales, ciders and perries on show
5. 1,000,000 visitors have attended the Great British Beer Festival through the years