As previously announced, there will be no Great British Beer Festival this year. The organisation of the event was never going to be possible in the time available, especially now with (hopefully) the lifting of COVID restrictions being put back until 19 July at the earliest. Instead, CAMRA is encouraging the holding of events and activities which celebrate live beer and real cider as part of the ‘Great British Beer Festival at Your Local’ campaign, taking place from 30 July to 8 August. CAMRA would really like to see people, members or not, supporting their pubs at this difficult time, either by attending an event, whether organised by their local CAMRA branch or the pub, or just getting out for a pint or two.
Great British Beer Festival Organiser, Catherine Tonry, said, “We’re delighted to be able to bring the Great British Beer Festival to the pubs, clubs and breweries that have worked so hard to stay afloat in the toughest of years. We hope that beer and cider lovers alike will make their way down to their local to celebrate in whatever way they can, be that trying a brand new tipple, learning first-hand from brewers or attending their local mini festival. This is a great opportunity to raise a glass to all the brilliant publicans, staff members and patrons that have helped the beer, cider and pub industry to survive throughout the pandemic. Though we can’t get together at London Olympia for the second year running, we hope that people will take to their locals to get involved with the GBBF at Your Local experience. Let’s get back to the pub today!”
Events are being listed on a dedicated website: https://local.gbbf.org.uk/. They will also appear on individual branch websites and you are advised to check before attending.
The events being organised in London which we know about to date are as follows:
- North London branch are holding a beer and cake tasting at the Snooty Fox (N5 2NN) on 31 July. Prior booking is required through the branch website. The pub may be running a beer festival at the same time.
- Richmond & Hounslow branch will be having a social at the Masons Arms in Teddington (TW11 8PJ) on Thursday 5 August (starting 7pm). This will be followed by a pub crawl in the Brentford area in September. Once again, see the branch’s website for full details.
- Watford & District; there will be a beer festival at the Land of Liberty, Peace & Plenty (WD3 5BS) from 5 to 8 August.