Drinkers raised a glass to the U.K.’s booming brewing scene on Tuesday as the Great British Beer Festival got underway.

The number of British breweries is at its highest for 50 years, with 1,285 now in operation — 325 of which were serving up their finest ales at the festival, which transforms London’s Olympia exhibition hall into the biggest pub in the world.

Real ale has enjoyed a renaissance in Britain over the past five years as more small-scale brewers opened up and urban hipsters latched on to craft brewing.


Some 55,000 drinkers are expected to attend the five-day festival, staged by CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale.

The event raises a glass to beer brewed using traditional ingredients and left to mature in the cask from which it is served, as opposed to industrial-scale, pasteurized lager fizzed up with carbon dioxide gas…

…Beer-lovers also munched their way through piles of traditional pub snacks, such as pork scratchings, pickled eggs and sausage rolls…

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