Next great beer stop – Birmingham!
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As the Great British Beer Festival prepares for its final few days in London, CAMRA reveals that the festival’s winter counterpart will be moving to Birmingham for the first time next year.
The Great British Beer Festival Winter, taking place from 4-8 February 2020, will be based New Bingley Hall in Birmingham, just two hours by train from London and Manchester.
As the West Midlands is a region built on the trade and innovation of the industrial revolution, the festival will be themed “a festival of a thousand trades”, celebrating industry, diversity, and creativity throughout time.
This theme will define the drinks on offer, which will include a range of spirits and non-alcoholic options to accompany over 400 beers, ciders and perries representing the region and beyond.
The festival will also feature games and activities, musical entertainment, a range of mouth-watering food stalls, and a selection of tastings and talks for those looking to expand their horizons further.
As always, the Great British Beer Festival Winter will continue to host the finals of the winter beer categories in the Champion Beer of Britain Competition, with the winners going forward to that year’s final at the Great British Beer Festival in August.
Catherine Tonry, CAMRA’s Festival Director said: “Beer-lovers won’t have to travel far to experience their next great beer festival. This is an incredibly exciting opportunity for us to showcase the fantastic food and drinks that the West Midlands has to offer.
“Birmingham has a rich history in brewing and we’re looking forward to working with local museums, charities and organisations to tell visitors a story that will go hand in hand with their drink of choice.”
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