Friday, 3 July 2009

125 pints a minute!

The Great British Beer Festival this year will be better than ever with over 450 beers and a wide selection of real cider and perry await thirsty Festival-goers this year!

- 14 UK regional beer bars serving beers from some of the nation’s best loved small, micro and family brewers

- Bottled-conditioned beer bar- sample some of the best bottled beers from around the world, all conditioned to ensure maximum flavour and taste!

- Bieres San Frontieres bar- a showcase of the best beers from around the world, including brews from Germany, Belgium, Italy, USA, Czech Republic and the Netherlands. The bar also plays host to the winners of the American cask-conditioned beer competition, judged each year at the Festival.

- Bar UnusuALE- presents organically produced beers, as well as vegetarian and coeliac-friendly brews.

- Real cider and perry- an essential stand for lovers of apples and pears with up to 100 different varieties of the UK’s best produce.

- Champion Beer of Britain – Final judging of the most prestigious beer competition in the UK takes place on Tuesday August 4th 2009. After success in 2008 for the Triple fff brewery from Alton, Hampshire, who will walk away this year with the most coveted accolade in the beer industry today?

- Tutored Tastings – Beer lovers at GBBF this year will rejoice as beer tutors such as Roger Protz, Jeff Evans, Melissa Cole and Tim Webb return to the Festival to amaze drinkers with their heady knowledge of beer. CAMRA is also offering drinkers the chance to come face to face with brewers in tasting sessions where all the secrets of their favourite tipples are revealed.

- Interactive brewing exhibition- Britain’s oldest brewery, Shepherd Neame, are this year introducing an novel way of showing consumers how to brew. Guided by staff from Shepherd Neame's visitor centre, Festival-goers will be able to touch, taste and smell the raw ingredients which go into beer, and learn all about a pint of beer’s journey to the pub bar.

- A feast of food- Festival-goers can try anything from Bratwurst to Biltong, a perfect complement to a beer from the same nation.

- Live music/entertainment sponsored by Planet Rock Radio

Chaminade String Quartet

Tuesday August 4th 2009, 7.15pm and 9pm

The Acoustic Strawbs

Wednesday August 5th 2009, 1pm and 2.30pm

Feast of Fiddles

Wednesday August 5th 2009, 7.15pm and 9pm

Beatles, Blues and Blue Violin

Thursday August 6th 2009, 1pm and 2.30pm


Thursday August 6th 2009, 7.15pm and 9pm

Peter Knight's Gigspanner

Friday August 7th 2009, 1pm and 2.30pm

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain

Friday August 7th 2009, 7.15pm and 9pm

Denham Hendon brass band

Saturday August 8th 2009, throughout the afternoon

Festival Facts

- More than 340,000 pints were ordered in for last year’s Festival, with over 125 pints poured to the public per minute!

- Over 1,000 volunteers give up their time to staff the Festival over the 5 days.

- In order to serve the beer, approximately 5 kilometres of beer tubing is needed to connect the barrels to the taps.


Tue 4th August: 5.00pm to 10.30pm
Wed 5th, Thu 6th and Fri 7th: 12noon to 10.30pm
Sat 8th: 11.00am to 7.00pm


Tickets can be purchased from the See Tickets hotline (0844 412 4640) or from the GBBF website at

Advance Day Tickets, £6 (CAMRA members) / £8 (Non-CAMRA members)

Advance Season Tickets, £20 (CAMRA members) / £23 (Non-CAMRA members)

Tutored Tastings, £11 (CAMRA members) / £12 (Non-CAMRA members)

Day Tickets (on the door), £8 (CAMRA members) / £10 (Non-CAMRA members)

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