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Great British Beer Festival 2012

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Calling itself "the biggest pub in the world", the Great British Beer Festival has been pulling in the punters on an annual basis since 1975. The festival has expanded enormously over the years, offering not only a load more beers than it did in its early days, but also a fabulous selection of food and music from around the globe.

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Held at Olympia over five days from 7th August, ale lovers will be wishing they had bellies big enough to handle all the beery delights on offer organisers CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) are saying there'll be more than 800 different real ales, ciders and foreign beers on offer for all to try.

Some of the country's most famous brewers will be attending the festival think Marston's, Worthington's, Wells and Young's, Brains, Thwaites, Hogs Back, Greene King, Fuller's many of which will be setting up their very own bars offering up their best brews.

A popular feature of the Great British Beer Festival is Hat Day, which, as the name suggests, involves visitors wearing hats, the more bonkers the better.

Click here to see the utterly absurd winning hat from last year's Hat Day. This year's Hat Day takes place on the Thursday 9th August. Can you do better? Make a hat that impresses the judges roaming the floor of the festival and you could be the lucky recipient of a voucher for a free pint of beer!


A day ticket for Britain's best beer festival costs 6 for CAMRA members and 8 for non-members. If you fancy spreading out your drinking, how about visiting every day CAMRA members can get a ticket for 20 while for non-members the cost is 23.

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Doors open on Tuesday 7th August at 5pm with closing time at 10.30pm. From Wednesday to Friday you can enter from mid-day (until 10.30pm), while on the Saturday, the final day of the festival, doors open at 11am, with the event wrapping up at 7pm.
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Why? Because if you like beer, how could you NOT go?
When: 7th August to 11th August, 2012.
Phone: CAMRA: 01727 867201
Where: Olympia Exhibition Hall, Hammersmith Road, London, W14 8UX
Cost: See article for details.
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