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The Great British Beer Festival is Buzzing

Posted by Oliver, on 16 Mar 2014, in My Kensington
‘DSCF0007’, © 2001 Matthew Black, used under a Creative Commons Attribution License

‘DSCF0007’, © 2001 Matthew Black, used under a Creative Commons Attribution License

Once again one of my favourite events in Kensington is back with a splash. The Great British Beer Festival is the best place in all of the United Kingdom to experience a diverse selection of domestic and international beers, ciders, and perries. The guests of my Kensington hotel in London cannot stop raving about this upcoming event. This favourite of young adults, and even old geezers such as myself love to come to this relaxed atmosphere and sip with friends. I can already hear the cloud of voices and clinks of glasses.

From August 13th-17th, Olympia is packed with people looking to sample some drinks and soak up the atmosphere. Housed in the Victorian glass building with an ornate barrel-vaulted roof that reminds me a little of a cask, this festival is the perfect example of the classic style accommodating modern demand. The best things about England have merged.

For those staying in a Kensington hotel in London, I implore you to join the 55,000 expected visitors in the fun. There will be over 800 featured drinks to sample at your leisure. This show is also a chance to show off the recent boom of British brewing companies. Such brands as Marston’s, Worthington, Wells and Youngs and of course one of my favourites Fullers, will all have their own tasting bars. With the concentration on the British brewers, there will also be countries such as America, France, Italy, Germany and even Japan featured. I confident that everyone will discover a drink they love.

For those who are a little more serious about the craft, the festival is offering tutored tasting sessions. This gives people the opportunity to taste the best beers from all over with experts. Roger Protz will be showing some of this year’s Campion Beers of Britain, and is having a tasting of beers featured in his new book, 300 More Beers to Try Before You Die. What an ingenious way to celebrate the UK and support our local beer market.

Make sure to take a break from the delicious selections to play some classic pub games, enjoy live music and of course sample some food. At the end of the night guests of a Kensington hotel in London can take a taxi back to their lovely quarters. This is the perfect chance to take a break from all that sight-seeing to enjoy a sip of Britain.

Cheers !