The USA and New World Bottles Bar, which is sponsored by the US Brewers Association, will showcase more than 100 craft beers, from saisons to sours to Belgium tripels and barrel-aged stouts at this year’s festival, which will take place at Olympia, west London.
Brewers Association executive chef Adam Dulye highlighted how this new addition to the event shares what is going on with craft beer in the USA.
American craft brewing
He said: “The small and independent American breweries at this year’s festival share the story of what is shaping the American craft-beer scene today – from the up-and-coming, sought after brews to the iconic brands that have built the foundation of American craft brewing.
“We will be pouring a vast selection of beers that range from those that have long been in the UK to those from new breweries currently unavailable in the UK, so don’t miss this unique opportunity to experience high quality, distinctive and diverse American craft beers.”
GBBF organiser Ian Hill lauded the opportunity to have a range of distinctive international beers at the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA)’s beer festival.
He added: “CAMRA is very supportive of fantastic beers brewed abroad and the USA and New World Bottles bar demonstrates the innovation, flair and creativity of America’s small and independent brewers.
“GBBF represents the best of British brewing and there is no better place to exclusively showcase the best of what America has to offer.”
Earlier this year (May), CAMRA announced that Irish craft brewers will be collaborating at this year’s GBBF for the first time, which was hailed an opportunity for them to brew cask-conditioned real ale.
Organisers claimed this is a unique opportunity for the brewers, as cask-conditioned real ale is virtually non-existent in Ireland, where the majority of beer is served from via kegs.