GBBF opens up to craft kegs for first time

Camra’s 2019 Great British Beer Festival - for which DRN will be the Official Off-Trade Media Partner - will boast a range of live craft keg beer for the first time in the event’s 42-year history.

Craft breweries including Tiny Rebel, Magic Rock, Wild Beer Co and Siren will take over part of Olympia’s National Hall on August 6-10 to bring their beers to festival-goers.

The keg lines can be found in the festival’s international beer hall, which showcases 400 beers from craft breweries around the world, including the US, Czech Republic, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and Spain.

Plans are also underway to roll out a new learning and discovery zone at the festival, giving visitors the chance to compare samples of beer dispensed from cask as well as keg.

Organiser Catherine Tonry said: “We look forward to rolling out a new key keg takeover at this year’s festival.

“While as an organisation we campaign exclusively for real ale, cider and perry, people coming to the festival love beer in all forms and types of dispense.

“We want to ensure that everyone feels welcome and has the best festival experience that Camra can offer.”

Brad Cummings, chief executive of Tiny Rebel, said: “We have been working with Camra to lead the charge to promote some of the best craft breweries that love keg and cask as much as we do.

“This will be the first time consumers can drink at a dedicated UK craft keg bar in the National Hall, giving them

a much greater choice of beers, in both style and abv. We love beer in every form and look forward to seeing you there for a pint.”

The learning and discovery zone will feature events such as comparative beer tastings, giving visitors the chance to assess the merits of cask and keg beers side by side.

Harvey’s Brewery joint managing director and head brewer, Miles Jenner, will present its Wharf IPA, dispensed in both cask and keg for comparative tasting, and Adnams head brewer Fergus Fitzgerald will do the same with its Ghost Ship 4.5% abv in cask and 0.5% abv in keg.

Hammerton Brewery head brewer Charlotte Cook will present her N1 American pale ale and Crunch peanut butter milk stout in cask and keg, and “a special guest” from Five Points Brewery will showcase its pale ale in cask and keg.

The festival will be open to the public from August 6-10 and features more than 1,000 British and international beers, ciders and perries, a wine bar and – new for 2019 – a gin bar.

Tickets can be bought in advance at gbbf.org.uk.

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