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Great British Beer Festival returns to Olympia London this Summer

by Joe Gallop

The Great British Beer Festival, organised by Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), is to return to Olympia London this Summer following a two-year hiatus, just in time to celebrate its 45th anniversary.

The event, which takes place from 2-6 August, will feature brews from more than 500 different breweries from both the UK and overseas. Real cider and perry will also be on show, along with the return of the event’s gin and wine bar.

This year visitors can also sample American cask beer, following a cask beer exchange set up between the Great British Beer Festival and the New England Real Ale Exhibition.

Organiser Catherine Tonry said: “Circumstances outside our control have seen hundreds of beer festivals cancelled across the country over the last two years, so the return of the Great British Beer Festival marks an incredibly positive turn for the beer industry and beer drinkers alike.

“I think we can all raise a glass to a new chapter of great beer and comradery in a post-pandemic world.”

She adds: “Regular visitors to the festival may notice some small changes to the layout this year due to ongoing improvement works at our venue, Olympia London. Our organising group has worked incredibly hard to put on a good show this year, and we are confident that we won’t disappoint.”

Nearly a thousand volunteers help make the event on behalf of CAMRA, a not-for-profit consumer group that campaigns on issues to support beer, cider, pubs and clubs. All festival proceeds go directly back into CAMRA campaigning activity.

Tickets to the event are now on sale: a £20 (£24 at the door) entry will also come with a souvenir glass, programme and two half-pints to kick off their day of beer tasting. VIP and corporate ticket packages are also available.

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