Great British
Festival 2017
8-12 August
Olympia London
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The Great British Beer Festival wouldn’t work without the support from some big friends. Every year we are proud to bring together some amazing sponsors to bring you a unique festival experience.

We are still talking to some great potential sponsors for this year’s festival so we can’t currently share these amazing names with you. We will be updating these pages every time someone new joins the festival, but why not follow us on Facebook or Twitter to ensure you’re always up to date?

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Once again, Wetherspoon is proud to support CAMRA’s Great British Beer Festival, celebrating 40 years this year.

Since the beginning, cask ale has always been considered a fundamental part of what our pubs offer – and that commitment continues today.

We have 262 pubs listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide 2017, more than any other pub company, with over 900 of our venues Cask Marque accredited. Every pub endeavours to serve at least four real ales at all times, including local beers.

We stage two annual beer festivals and support breweries of all sizes, from across the UK and Ireland.

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Beer Hawk

Beer Hawk is dedicated to hunting out the very best beers from around the world. Our ever-expanding range recently hit 800 and is rising. We stock bottle-conditioned British beauties, heavily hopped US craft beers, rare Belgian sours, Abbey ales and clean, crisp German classics. Add in innovative beers from Denmark, Sweden, Japan, Italy and beyond and we’re sure you’ll find something that’s perfect for you.

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Other Sponsors


Wadworth – Volunteer T-shirt Sponsor

Wadworth have been brewing in Devizes, Wiltshire since 1875. Our modern brewhouse based in our Victorian brewery combines state of the art techniques with over 140 years of brewing experience. We brew a range of core, seasonal and craft ales, and 95% of our brewing ingredients are sourced from the UK. 6X is our iconic ale, brewed for nearly 100 years – it is the classic premium ale that made Wadworth famous, with a national following of drinkers always seeking it out; it’s a beacon on the bar for many beer drinkers.

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Punch – Tutored Tastings Sponsor

Punch is one of the UK’s leading pub companies with a nationwide portfolio of around 3,300 pubs. As a high-quality organisation, Punch provides their Publicans with the support and expert industry knowledge needed in order to make their pub business successful. Punch provides a comprehensive range of business support covering everything from marketing to the legal and financial aspects.

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Kegstar – Trade Day Sponsor

Kegstar is a keg and cask rental business and innovative tech company. Our aim is simple; to help free up valuable time and money spent maintaining, tracking and collecting kegs and casks. Using app enabled technology (free to download from your app store) each of our containers are scanned with a smart device, allowing them to be tracked through the supply chain to the venue. All the producer needs to do is fill, deliver, scan and repeat. When the time comes for empty kegs and casks to be collected, venue staff simply scan for a pick-up or alternatively phone or email us and we’ll collect as quickly as possible.

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Cask Marque

Cask Marque – Trade Day Sponsor

Cask Marque was formed as a not for profit organisation to improve the quality of cask beer served to consumers. To achieve this aim we created an accreditation scheme whereby pubs who want the award are subject to two unannounced inspections a year where we test each cask ale for temperature, appearance, aroma and taste. Currently we have over 10,000 pubs with the award. We are proud of the fact that 56% of cask ale drinkers recognise the award and the FREE CaskFinder app is used 60,000 times a month to find Cask Marque pubs. Cask Marque produces the Annual Cask Report, acts as back office support for the British Guild of Beer Writers and Cyclops, the unique beer descriptor and is the largest provider of Cellar Management Training to the pub industry.

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Pipers – Glass Sponsor

The full-bodied and distinctive flavours of Pipers Crisps are the perfect accompaniment to Britain’s finest cask and bottled ales; that’s why we’re so proud to once again sponsor the Great British Beer Festival. This year we’re also supporting village cricket through sponsorship of the National Village Cup. To celebrate, we’re giving away 100 highly sought-after Pipers’ deckchairs, the perfect village cricket spectator’s prize. Look out for our promotional packs throughout the summer and you could be one of the lucky winners! Pipers Crisps now has nine great-tasting flavours and we’ve recently been voted ‘Britain’s Best Brand’ of savoury snack for the fifth consecutive year. Howzat for a snack!

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Fullers – Accommodation

Fuller, Smith and Turner P.L.C. is an independent traditional family brewer founded in 1845 and is based at the historic Griffin Brewery in Chiswick, London, where brewing has taken place continuously since 1654. The Company runs 198 managed pubs and hotels and 190 Tenanted pubs, with a focus on outstanding cask ale, great wine, exemplary service and delicious fresh, home-cooked food. The Company also has 706 boutique bedrooms in its managed estate and owns a 76% share of The Stable, a craft cider and pizza restaurant business. Fuller’s pub estate stretches from Brighton to Birmingham and from Portishead to the Greenwich Peninsula, including 174 locations within the M25. The Fuller’s Beer Company brews a portfolio of premium beers including London Pride, ESB, Organic Honey Dew and Frontier Craft Lager. Fuller’s also owns Cornish Orchards, a craft cider maker producing a range of award-winning ciders and premium soft drinks. Fuller’s is also the UK distributor for Sierra Nevada, the premier US craft beer and owns a 51% stake of Nectar Imports, a wholesale drinks business.

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Brewers Association

Brewers Association – USA Cask Bar

The Brewers Association, a not-for-profit trade body dedicated to small and independent American craft brewers, will be showcasing 32+ American craft brewers and over 100* different beers on the USA & New World Bar at this year’s Festival. *subject to change.

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SIBA – Assured Scheme

SIBA, the Society of Independent Brewers, is a trade association that represents more than 850 independent British craft brewers and has 315 Suppliers Associate members. SIBA’s four pillars of activity are ‘Increasing access to market’, improving ‘Taxation’ for independent brewers, ‘Promotion’ of our members’ beers and ‘Product Excellence’. SIBA also helps its members to sell craft beer through its Beerflex scheme which currently buys over 3,500 draught and bottled beers from around 550 participating SIBA brewers and sells them on to 17 national pub companies and off-trade retailers – companies with which, until the establishment of Beerflex, brewers of local beers found it extremely difficult to trade. For more information:

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Prostate Cancer UK

Prostate Cancer UK – Trade Day

Prostate Cancer UK has a simple ambition – to stop men dying from prostate cancer. We’re leading the fight through groundbreaking research, improvements in treatment and by fighting injustice in care. 1 in 8 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer and a man dies every hour. It affects every community. We need pubs to stand up for their customers and join us to stop prostate cancer being a killer. Help beat prostate cancer in your pub to become our Favourite Local.

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Beer52 – Festival Bags

Beer52 is the UK’s No.1 Craft Beer Discovery Club Exclusive offer – FREE case of beer for GBBF ticket holders, included in your festival goodie bag! Enjoy a case of 8 craft beers, handpicked by our experts from microbreweries around the world and delivered to your door. Claim now and start your beer adventure!

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CPI – Members’ Area

With 17 factories over seven countries, CPI is one of the major players in the printing market in Europe. We produce books and printed documents for major publishing houses, large industrial groups and administrative bodies. As long-term print partner for CAMRA”s Good Beer Guide, CPI are proud to be a sponsor for this year’s GBBF.

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AMA Dataset – Members’ Area

AMA DataSet is based in Preston, Lancashire and is a specialist provider of automated typesetting and data services to publishers and industry. Our online editorial system has typeset The Good Beer Guide for over ten years, making the publishing of complex directories, books and websites much easier than ever before.

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Dark Star – Festival Guide

The Dark Star Brewing Co was formed in the cellar of the Evening Star pub in Brighton back in 1994. The business may have grown since 1994, but the brewer’s passion for brewing great beers and innovating, remain as strong as it was in the early days.

Sierra Nevada

Sierra Nevada – American Cask Bar

Sierra Nevada set out with a simple goal: brew the beers they wanted to drink. They started small, with a homebrew shop, a love of American hops and plenty of passion. In the process, they changed the beer world forever. In 2015 Sierra Nevada opened its Taproom and Restaurant in Mills River, North Carolina, marking the completion of its new East Coast brewery to compliment original brewery in Chico, California. Nestled on a forested ridge just 20 minutes from downtown Asheville, the brewery is a temple to craft beer in an area where beer has become a way of life. With this Sierra Nevada are now able to ship beer in chilled containers to the UK much faster, meaning we can now enjoy their wonderful beers fresher than ever.


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Pivovar – German/Czech Bar

Pivovar are importers, wholesalers and distributors of craft keg, cask and packaged beer along with premium cider, wine and spirits. Our long-standing relationships with the best producers in the UK and in Europe ensures an ever-changing and extensive portfolio of the most in demand drinks. Order nationally online.


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De Bierlijn – Belgian and Dutch Bar

De Bierlijn is a Dutch wholesaler specialised in high quality craft beers. Based near Rotterdam, owner Jose Reijnders prides herself on a personal approach to both brewers and retailers. We supply beer festivals in England and Holland, also a large range of bars, restaurants and bottle shops in Europe. Quality in products and service ensure you are in good hands!


LOC Brewery

LOC Brewery – Belgian and Dutch Bar

LOC Brewery was established in 2014 by four young souls with the ambition to learn how to brew craft beer, have fun and promote the art of making craft beer. Our aim is not to brew mainstream beers, but to try to explore the world of craft beer making. This means that most of our brews only will be available in limited releases and that these releases very well can be one time brews.

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