A hit list of beers to seek out at the Great British Beer Festival...
Although the 'more than 800 beers' on offer includes bottles and ciders, they don't call the Great British Beer Festival the world's biggest pub for nothing; it is a primarily a festival of cask beers. Sprint on down to Olympia and get your laughing gear round some of the best brews from around the UK.
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Well, I wouldn't drink anything brewed by Morrissey-Fox... They were trying to challenge the 'Hoegaarden' market, and had a blind tasting [shown on TV] during which a taster sussed they were going for the 'poncy blonde beer served in a flowerpot at £5 a throw' clientele - whereupon Morrssey launched into a tirade of abuse against the [knowledgeable] taster who'd rumbled their game.
I won't drink Bateman's out of principle either - not since they did a commemorative 'Iron Lady' Ale a couple of years ago.
Frankly, if you know what to look for, the supermarkets have some absolutely top notch Real Ales - Badger's Champion Ale, Hook Norton Old Hooky, Butcombe Ale...
Beers Festivals aren't all they're cracked up to be - badly transported beers poorly kept... served warm, turbid & unsettled, oxidized & refermented [ripe for gutrot and nausea] that bear no relation whatsoever to those same beers drunk under normal pub or bottle conditions.
We are a small brewery co-operative in West Sussex, but I can confirm that our beers are the best I've tasted. 'Black William, Ropetackle Gold and Happy Everafter' are some of our beers. Look out for
Adur Brewery beers when you visit West Sussex.