The Great British Beer Festival — taking place from August 7-11 at Olympia, London — will boast its biggest ever beer range this year.

Joining well-known favourites such as Fuller’s, St Austell, XT, Harvey’s, Titanic, and headline sponsor Greene King, there will be some new faces on the brewery bars, including:

  • Beer Monkey — relative newcomers to the beer scene who were founded to meet the market’s increasing demands for specialist niche cask, keg, can, and bottled ales.

  • Bedlam Brewery — based at the foot of the South Downs outside the vibrant city of Brighton, this brewery boasts strong environmental credentials and is powered entirely by solar panels. It harvests its own hops and supplies local farmers with spent grain and hops for free.

  • Hook Norton Brewery — owned by the same brewing family for five generations, Hook Norton continues to produce a wide range of award-winning beers from its five-storey Victorian tower brewery.

  • Budvar — perhaps as famous for its legal battle as it is for their massive lagering time of some 90 days, Budvar remains in the hands of the Czech people to this day.

  • Arkell’s — one of the few family breweries left in the UK, this award-winning company has been on the scene for 175 years.

  • Brew York — Brew York started in a York tap room and only uses natural, ethical raw materials and methods.

  • Brewery of Angels and Demons — producing beers of the highest quality and including only the finest natural ingredients, each beer from this brewery is carefully selected for its distinct flavour profile.

  • Greyhound Brewery — established in 2012 by two practising artists based in West Sussex, Greyhound is inspired by the brewpub culture of Portland, Oregon.

  • Ballard’s Brewery — well-known for its classic ales, Ballard’s Brewery has been handed over from brewster to brewster to continue brewing award-winning ales.

  • Thornbridge Brewery — winner of more than 350 national and international awards, this brewery focuses on excellence and quality of process to continue to delight drinkers.

  • Five Points — colourful, modern and vibrant brewing can be found at this small, independent brewery, based in Hackney, East London.

In addition to this impressive brewery bar line up, CAMRA bars across the festival will be showcasing an additional 140 beers to give visitors more options. Many of these new additions will be rotating and limited in quantity to expand the range available from the breweries.

There will also be 40 vegan-friendly beer options and 15 gluten-free beers on tap. For the first time in the festival’s 41 year history, there will also be a non-alcoholic beer range, provided by Braxzz Brewery.

Festival organsier, Catherine Tonry, said: “I am delighted that so many fantastic breweries will be joining this year’s festival. With more brewery bars than ever before, and an expanded range for those seeking alternative options, I’m confident that there is a beer for everyone at this year’s festival.”

• Festival tickets can be bought in advance at a discounted price from www.gbbf.org.uk

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