ALE Spring 2000 No. 297

Great British Beer Festival 2000

Olympia - Web site.

News from the Festival Organisers

It is now not long until that greatest of all beer events takes place. From the 1st - 5th of August, London's Olympia gets turned into the biggest pub of all.

Despite the huge success of 1999 the event will improve and grow this year, we are open longer, the entertainment goes from strength to strength and there is a speciality bar to bring out the patriot in all of us! Her majesty the Queen Mother will be celebrating her one hundred birthday and we have a whole bar dedicated to beer celebrating this event.

Although drinking good beer is an unbeatable pastime in itself, at the GBBF you have a full range of activities and entertainments to choose from. There are, of course, the old favourites of pub games, tombolas and the quiz, but also a wide variety of music. Headlined on the Friday night with T-Rextasy, playing all of Marc Bolan's classics, there is full supporting line-up throughout the week covering most musical tastes from classical to jazz to swing to a showcase of up and coming talent from the Parlophone/EMI record label.

If you are not sold on the idea already then don't forget there is a great food range encompassing may different world styles, a family room with live entertainment for the children, a lounge exclusively for CAMRA members to drink their beer in peace and a friendly atmosphere that is guaranteed to have you making new friends before your visit is over.

The family room at the Great British Beer Festival has a happy history of allowing parents to enjoy their beer. This year is naturally no exception. There will be toys, videos and video games, and live entertainment for the younger children. Although this is not a creche and children have to be supervised at all times, it does mean that children often enjoy the day out as much as those who are old enough to sample the beer.

However, if another day with kids doesn't appeal then how about entertaining your clients or persuading the boss into a staff jolly? The Great British Beer festival has a variety of corporate options available, from a basic package of glass, beer and seating area all the way upto a full three course meal. If you would like more details please get in touch with our corporate hospitality manager at 22 Christ Church Lane, Lichfield, WS13 8BA, Tel/Fax: 01543 251217 or visit

The Details

Tuesday 1st August
5pm - 10:30 : 5
Wednesday 2nd August
11:30am - 3pm : 1.50
5pm - 10:30 : 5
Thursday 3rd August
12pm - 10:30 : 6
Friday 4th August
12pm - 10:30 : 6
Saturday 5th August
11am - 7pm : 4

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