My Dad was a bit disappointed when a friend told him about the Great British Beer Festival. He thought he was going to miss it. Fortunately this was just a misunderstanding about dates, and he will have the opportunity to go after all. Taking place at Kensington Olympia Grand Hall between the 12th - 16th August, the UK's biggest beer festival will house eleven brewery bars, featuring the best beers, ales, lager, cider, and perry from Britain and abroad.
Everyone has a preference when it comes to their favourite type of beer; my dad likes pale ale best. With over nine hundred to choose from at the festival, finding the one your after could prove a challenge, but whatever your taste, the Beer Master's Magical Beer Selector will make finding all your favourites a doddle. Just tick the boxes your interested in and it will be added to your 'wish list'.
Last time Dad went to the Great British Beer Festival, it worked on a token system, but that has changed now. Instead you buy an entry ticket for £8 - £26, and then buy your drinks with cash at the bar.
Other ways to try out of the beer is through tasting sessions, in which various brewers and enthusiasts will share their passion and knowledge.
Many authors will be at the event doing book signings, including Roger Protz of 300 More Beers to Try Before You Die and Dave Gamston of Yorkshire's Real Heritage Pubs.
Aside from the beer, other entertainment takes the form of musicians such as Chaminade String Quartet, Marc O'Reilly Band, The Bad Shepherds, Gordon Giltrap, and more.
If you don't have a sitter, under 18s are allowed in to the festival for free, but they must remain in the family area, and are not permitted to drink alcohol.
In the mean time, why not discover which beer you are in a quiz? I'm a Wadworth Old Timer.