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The Great British Beer Festival

Jail Ale is served at the Great British Beer Festival, August 8, 2017 in London, England. (Photo: Amer Ghazzal/REX/Shutterstock)

The Great British Beer Festival

The daddy of all beer festivals is back, and this time there’s extra reason to celebrate.

The Great British Beer Festival returns to London’s Olympia today and is marking 40 years since it started annually celebrating ales back in 1977.

Hosted by CAMRA — aka the Campaign for Real Ale — it is the biggest festival of its kind by some distance, with around 55,000 beer-lovers expected to glug their weight in the brewed stuff across its five-day run.

And there’s plenty to go round. The festival will stock more than 800 real ales, ciders and perries across more than 20 bars. The focus, as the name suggests, is always on Brit brews, but there are plenty of options from further afield too — in the past, Germany and Belgium have always had a good showing.

There are dozens of food stalls on hand to line stomachs and help you get through as much of the good stuff as possible. If you’ve got a pal who can’t put away the pints, they can come along too — this year’s festival is breaking new ground by featuring an English wine section for the first time. (AP)

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