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Drinks News: Great British Beer Festival Preview

By Emma @glasgowfoodie
Drinks news: Great British Beer Festival Preview

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Great British Beer Festival

The Great British Beer Festival is returning to Olympia London this week . This year the Festival is celebrating its 40th anniversary, so here are some things to look out for.

40th birthday promotion ­­- To celebrate the Festival's 40th birthday CAMRA are offering free entry to anyone who shares their 40th birthday this week.

Wine and gin debut - For the very first time visitors will have the chance to sample fine wines and gins from some of the country's top winemakers at stand S19 in the Grand Hall.

Taste of Ireland - A collaboration of craft brewers from across Ireland is coming together to showcase the very best of Irish real ale at the Festival at stand B14C in the Grand Hall.

SIBA will be launching their Assured Independent British Craft Brewer campaign at the London Brewers Alliance bar.

Palmers Brewery will be joining the festival for the first time bringing two exclusive beers including a Festival Late Hop golden ale (4.5% ABV) and a Colmers American Citrus

Wadworth Brewery will be launch its "old cool is the new cool" campaign with two exclusives, a 6X Brewer's Strength (6% ABV) and a 2 degree SW IPA (5% ABV). Look out for a mini BMW and a magician on the stand!

Innis and Gunn will also be joining for the first time after expanding their keg range to include cask conditioned ales. They will be bringing an exclusive Thai IPA and for the first time an Innis and Gunn Original in cask.

Harvey's Brewery has produced a collaborative brew with Burning Sky in memory of Ruth Anglezark, the CAMRA branch liaison officer for both breweries. Anglezarke's IPA is a one-off brew that is likely to sell out quickly - definitely one for the connoisseurs!

Titanic Brewery will be releasing a new pump clip design at the festival and bringing an exclusive Plum Porter Grand Reserve (6.5% ABV) and a Gransbury Wheat Cherry dark beer.

Tiny Rebel will have tutored tastings on the stand and Fuller's will bring a rare London porter in cask.

St Austells is now a two-brewery business including Bath Ales, and will be tapping their Imperial Stout on the stand and showcase traditional St Austell favourites as well as showcasing two Bath Ales on the bar this year.

XT Brewing will present a "Brit-Hop" special

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