From the 1 – 5 August CAMRA’s Great British Beer Festival will be back at London’s Olympia pouring gallons upon gallons of beer.

Here are some facts and figures to help you prepare for the Great British Beer Festival 2023

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How many years has the Great British Beer Festival been running?

The first Great British Beer Festival was in 1977 at Alexandra Palace, London. It was opened by Monty Python star Terry Jones who proceeded to pour 6 pints of ale over his head. Apparently beer is “all about how the drink hit your boots”.

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How many breweries are represented at the Great British Beer Festival 2023?

Over 700 beers from over 500 breweries across the UK and beyond. The drinks list is available to view and download here.

How many people are expected at the Great British Beer Festival 2023

We are expecting tens of thousands of happy festival-goers.

Who won the last Champion Beer of Britain (CBOB) award?

Unfortunately, due to Coronavirus disrupting the regional rounds of judging there has been no CBOB award for a couple of years. The judging process takes over a year to complete and concludes on the Trade Day of the Festival (Tuesday) when the winner is announced.

This will be the first year since Surrey Hills’ Shere Drop won in 2019 that the award has been bestowed upon a brewery.

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Who will decide the champion beer award this year?

The final judging panel for CBOB is selected by beer judge and former CAMRA Director and GBBF Festival organiser Christine Cryne. For more information about CBOB and judging process (and to apply to become a beer taster) read this post.