Blog: Lucy BritnerWhen one beer festival just won't do - welcome to London Beer Carnival

Lucy Britner | 12 August 2015

This week, London's Kensington Olympia is home to the Campaign for Real Ale's Great British Beer Festival. It's largely a UK affair with some 350 brewers from up and down the country, pedalling their wares. There are some international brews and an American cask beer bar, but the overall emphasis has always been British real ale (with some cider and perry) in all its wonderful forms.

This is a great week, then, for another company to launch London Beer Carnival. The folk behind a small chain of beer bars, the Craft Beer Co, have launched what they call 'London's first truly international beer festival'.

The Carnival will feature 50 breweries from 16 countries. Here's a curious thing - the organisers are paying for the breweries to attend, rather than charging them for a stand. "A beer festival with principles", the company professes. We can expect to see craft beers from Alaska, New Zealand, Iceland and Spain as well as a fair few from the UK.

Your GBP50 ticket gets you unlimited 9cl samples in a fixed, five-hour session. It takes place from 1-4 October.

If you work for a multi-national brewer, why not pop down and size up your next acquisition?

Sectors: Beer & cider

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