Thousands head for CAMRA's Great British Beer Festival
PUBLISHED: 11:26 10 August 2010 | UPDATED: 17:40 20 February 2013
Thousands of people flocked to Earl's Court last week as Hertfordshire-based CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) held its annual Great British Beer Festival.
Thousands of people flocked to Earls Court last week as Hertfordshire-based CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) held its annual Great British Beer Festival.
The London venue was transformed into a massive pub with bars selling 500 different beers and 100 ciders and perrys as well as stalls, pub games, food and promotions plus stage entertainment.
Nearly 67,000 people visited the five-day event which saw breweries from across the UK showcase the best real ales on the market.
FourHertfordshire breweries were represented with Tring brewery selling its Mansion Mild, McMullens with Cask Ale and Mansion Mild, Buntingford brewery selling its Polar Star and RedSquirrel with its Colorado American IPA.One traditional cider producer from Hertfordshire was also represented with Woodman selling pints at the cider and perry bar.
CAMRA also announced its champions on the first day of the show with the overall Champion Beer of Britain 2010 going to Castle Rock brewerys Harvest Pale.
There are now more than 2,500 different real ales brewed by more than 750 breweries in Britain the highest number since the end of World War II, and more than 50% of drinkers have now tried real ale, an increase from 35% only two years ago.
This years attendance reflected the upward trend with 3,000 more people attending than last year.
- 66,922 people came through the doors overall. This included 6,700 for the trade session, and 1,200 corporate guests throughout the week. This beats last years total of around 64,000 overall by quite a bit.
- The membership team signed more than 1,000 new members to CAMRA during the week
- More than 200,000 pints were sold at the Festival at a rate of over 75 pints poured per minute.
- 1,881 gallons of cider, and 855 gallons of perry were sold throughout the week.
- More than 1,000 volunteers pitched in to help out at the Festival making it a massive team effort.