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Brewers Association to bring American brewing flair to the Great British Beer Festival

For further information contact 01727 337 863 or press@camra.org.uk

The Brewers Association, the not-for-profit trade association representing small and independent American craft brewers, will be sponsoring the USA/Rest of the World Bar at this year’s Great British Beer Festival for the 15th consecutive year.

Through the Brewers Association’s Export Development Programme approximately 25 American craft breweries will be represented, including both new participants making their debut at GBBF and old favourites. It includes:

  • Bootlegger’s Brewery
  • Cigar City Brewing
  • Coronado Brewing Co
  • Country Boy Brewing Co
  • Deschutes Brewery
  • Epic Brewing Co
  • FiftyFifty Brewing Co
  • Foolproof Brewing Co
  • Green Flash Brewing Co
  • Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
  • Heretic Brewing Co
  • Indeed Brewing Co
  • Karl Strauss Brewing Co
  • Left Hand Brewing Co
  • Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery
  • New Belgium Brewing Co
  • New Holland Brewing
  • Odell Brewing Co
  • Oskar Blues Brewery
  • Port City Brewing Co
  • Rogue Ales & Spirits
  • Sierra Nevada Brewing Co
  • Straight to Ale
  • Tailgate
  • Three Weavers Brewing Co

Approximately 90 different American craft beers will be available for sampling in can or bottle format, most of which are normally unavailable in the UK. As well as world-class examples of classic beer styles, the selection also includes rare and unusual beers such as Doppelbock lager, gose with watermelon, strawberry hefeweizen, rosé wine inspired saison and even a Kombucha IPA! They range in style and strength from a sparkling ale with matcha green tea and crushed fruit through to Barrel-Aged Russian imperial stouts and showcase the experimentation and innovation for which American craft brewers are renowned. All beers are being air-freighted across the Atlantic to arrive as fresh as the brewer intended and in peak condition.

Bob Pease, CEO/President for the Brewers Association, comments: “The UK is the second largest export market for American craft beer after Canada and accounts for 16.6% of all exports, up from 10.6% in 2017. GBBF is an important platform for our Export Development Programme Member brewers to explore new opportunities in the UK and showcase their innovative, diverse, high quality beers to the UK beer lover. We are delighted to once again be part of the Festival and we applaud CAMRA for supporting beers from the international brewing community.”

Catherine Tonry, Festival Director for GBBF, adds: “We’re excited to announce the return of one of the most popular bars at the Great British Beer Festival on America’s Independence Day. The Brewers Association will once again be providing approximately 90 different American craft beers for the festival, showcasing exciting new flavours such as rosé ale and honey wheat ale. The distinct flavours and styles hailing in from the USA brings something extra special to the festival and is always a popular stand to visit. Make sure to get in early – this is the only place to sample these brews in the UK and once they’re gone, they’re gone!”

A Masterclass tasting of seven innovative and creative American craft beers will take place at GBBF on Tuesday 6th August, 7.30-8.30pm. It will be presented by those brewers who have travelled across from America, and the Brewers Association. For a complimentary ticket please contact lotte@peplowpr.com

Free downloadable resources to help you enjoy and understand American craft beer are available at www.brewersassociation.org or www.craftbeer.com


About the Brewers Association

The Brewers Association (BA) is the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers, their beers and the community of brewing enthusiasts. The BA represents 5,000-plus U.S. breweries. The BA’s independent craft brewer seal is a widely adopted symbol that differentiates beers by small and independent craft brewers. The BA organizes events including the World Beer Cup®Great American Beer Festival®Craft Brewers Conference® & BrewExpo America®SAVOR™: An American Craft Beer & Food ExperienceHomebrew ConTMNational Homebrew Competition and American Craft Beer Week®. The BA publishes The New Brewer®magazine, and Brewers Publications® is the leading publisher of brewing literature in the U.S. Beer lovers are invited to learn more about the dynamic world of craft beer at CraftBeer.com® and about homebrewing via the BA’s American Homebrewers Association® and the free Brew Guru® mobile app. Follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Issued on behalf of the Brewers Association, 1327 Spruce Street, Boulder, Colorado, 80302 USA.  www.brewersassociation.org

For further press information: Lotte Peplow at lotte@peplowpr.com +44 (0)7973 698 414

About the Great British Beer Festival

The Great British Beer Festival is one of the biggest, most exciting and well-known events in the beer and cider world. Organised by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) and run by volunteers, it brings hundreds of real ales, international beers and real ciders and perries under the iconic Olympia roof. Tickets can be purchased online: http://gbbf.org.uk

The festival opening times are:

Tuesday 6th August – 12 noon-5pm (Trade Session)

Tuesday 6th August – 5pm-10:30pm (Public Session)

Wednesday 7th August – 12 noon-10:30pm

Thursday 8th August – 12 noon-10:30pm

Friday 9th August – 12 noon-10:30pm

Saturday 10th August – 11am-7:00pm

Last Admission: half an hour before close.

Media Contact:

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01727 337863


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