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Great British Beer Festival

The Great British Beer Festival, Britain's biggest beer festival, once again brings together a wide range of real ales, ciders, perries and international beers.

Taking place on 2-6 August at Earls Court in London, there's plenty to occupy you at the festival, you can play on some traditional pub games, enjoy live music, sample some food, including good traditional pub snacks, and also attend tutored beer tastings.

We've got all the info you need about the festival right here - so find out what's on and get your tickets right now.


There will be a number of CAMRA bars at the Great British Beer Festival 2011. These bars will contain beer from all regions in the Good Beer Guide. These are a great place to start if you wanted to find real ale from your favourite part of the country

Breweries from around the UK

In addition to the CAMRA bars a number of breweries from around the country will be represented at the Festival with their own bar. These brewery bars are an exciting feature at the festival and will stock some of your favourite beers during the five day period. A number of these will be selling new beers and running competitions, so they are well worth a visit!

Brewery Bars present at the Great British Beer Festival 2011:
  • Brains
  • Fuller's
  • Greene King
  • Marston's
  • Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA)
  • Thornbridge
  • Thwaites
  • Wells and Young's
  • William Worthington

Beers from around the world

Bières Sans Frontières (BSF) Bars at GBBF continue to provide a showcase for the best beers from around the world, including beers from Germany, Belgium, Italy, USA, Czech Republic and The Netherlands.

There will be four bars within BSF: the Belgian and Dutch Bar, which is sponsored by Eurolines, the German and Czech Bar, which is sponsored by Budweiser Budvar, the USA and Rest of the World Bar and a new BSF bar, with details being released soon.


There's a range of tickets on offer for the Festival - take a look below and click on the

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

Advance Season Tickets
£20 (CAMRA members) / £23 (Non-CAMRA members)
(Please note that a season ticket allows the holder entry into the trade session)

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

Group bookings (10+)
£7 per person (CAMRA/Non-CAMRA members)



The Great British Beer Festival gives you the opportunity to get a little more involved with the best beers in the country with a series of expert led tasting sessions.

There are a variety of sessions running during the GBBF.. Here's what's on offer:

Tuesday 2 August
'300 Beers To Try Before You Die!' by Roger Protz
In this session Roger will be discussing and tasting 6 fantastic beers from his best-selling book '300 Beers to Try Before You Die'.
Wednesday 3 August
1.30pm & 6pm
'Champion Beers of Britain' by Roger Protz
Roger Protz, editor of CAMRA's Good Beer Guide, Champion Beer of Britain Judge and famous beer writer will take you through this year's champion beers including the ultimate Champion Beer of Britain which will be announced at the festival on Tuesday 2 August.
Thursday 4 August
'A Slice of Real Ale' by Sue Nowak
Appropriate for celebrating CAMRA's 40th birthday, Sue will be creating a party feel atmosphere with this tasting. You will have the opportunity to sample 6 beer styles and matching bread. The breads will be made with the beer and served with different toppings to create a delicious canapés.

'London's Best Beers' by Des de Moor
Des will be selecting a variety of London beers from his brand new title, London's Best Beers, Pubs & Bars. Here you will be able to taste beers from a selection of old and brand new London breweries.
Friday 5 August
'Champion Bottle-conditioned Beers' by Jeff Evans
Editor of CAMRA's Good Bottled Beer Guide, Jeff will be showcase previous Champion Bottled Beers of Britain dating back as far as the 1990's.

'Head Brewers'
Head Brewers from Wells & Young's, St Austell and Amber Ales will explore their delightful beers, showcasing a range of styles and strengths. This tasting will show that large, medium and small breweries brew an excellent range of beer styles!

All sessions (excl. 'A Slice of Real Ale') are priced at £14 for CAMRA Members and £17 for non-members. 'A Slice of Real Ale' is price at £15 for CAMRA Members and £18 for non-members.

Places are limited and will be sold on a first-come-first-serve basis! Please note tasting session tickets do not include entry to the Great British Beer Festival, and a festival admission ticket must be purchased in addition to the tasting ticket.


By tube
Earls Court Station on the Piccadilly Line and District Lines (for Earls Court One use the Warwick Road exit)

Transport for London -
London Underground Travel Information - +44 (0) 20 7222 1234

By train
West Brompton for Earls Court (Mainline trains)

Tickets -
National Rail Enquiries - 08457 48 49 50

By coach
With over 1,000 departure points across the UK, National Express offer round the clock services to the heart of London via London Victoria Coach Station giving easy, affordable access to Earls Court.

Tickets -
National Express Enquiries - 08750 80 80 80

By bus
Earls Court One (Warwick Road) is served by 74, 328, C1, C3

Transport for London -

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