GREAT BRITISH BEER FESTIVAL, 5th - 9th August 2008A very interesting day out at the Great British Beer Festival 2008 at Earls Court, London.
Firstly you buy a glass to use for the day, which has a few lines on the side for the 3 measures of beer available. 1/3, 1/2 or 1 pint, for testing, tasting or drinking! The glass was returnable for a full refund, but I can't imagine many people did that. Using Real Glass was a good move for the environment, no stupid plastic pots. There was no risk of all that glass being mixed with huge amounts of alcohol, causing any danger. Thousands of beer drinkers all wielding their weapons safely!
The beer was priced at usual London beer prices, so don't go if you are looking for a freebee. There were hundreds of varieties from all around the world, but sadly no chance of tasting them all. Mainly divided up into UK geographical areas, pints and bottles abound. Everyone seemed to be having a good time. It was like the biggest pub in the world. When someone dropped a glass, it was like being back in the school canteen, a huge roar went around the venue, but with thousands of people there it an amazing sound.
There was only one place selling scratchings, The Crusty Pie Company, who were doing huge fresh bags, which seemed to be the hit of the festival. Everyone looked like they had a bag, and after tasting them, we realised why.
The review is coming soon.
In conclusion, We will definitely go again next year.
CAMRA GBBF site