GBBFW, which was due to take place in Birmingham from 9 to 12 February 2022, has been cancelled due to staff shortage concerns, however, ideas for an alternative celebration are expected to be announced in due course.
A spokesperson for the organising committee said: “We were really excited to be bringing everyone back together to Birmingham in February for a physical Great British Beer Festival Winter.
Event cancelled for 2022
“However, following consultation and concerns from volunteers and festival goers alike, we have come to the difficult decision that this physical single-site event will no longer be taking place in 2022, that being said, we will still be celebrating GBBFW in other ways.
“Pubs continue to face a number of challenges and a long road to recovery, we are now working to reimagine our festival in a way that will allow real ale and cider lovers to support their locals and producers in a safe, comfortable way."
Reimagining the event for the future
While the reimagined plans were not confirmed, CAMRA stated it wanted to put on the best show possible after two years with no festivals and ideas being pursued included organising a number of pub and ale trails across the region to support the pubs and breweries of the West Midlands.
The spokesperson added: “More details will be released in the coming weeks, so please keep a close eye on our social media pages. If you have already bought advance tickets, you will be contacted directly, but please do get in touch on firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any further questions.”