Local MP Andrew Griffiths has had his local credentials put to the test as a judge at the Great British Beer Festival at Earls Court in London.
The Great British Beer Festival (GBBF) is an annual event organised by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA). GBBF is styled as the “biggest pub in the world” and offers around 450 beers from British brewers, as well as 200 beers from overseas. Almost 70,000 people visit the festival over the course of the week, consuming over 350,000 pints of beer – one pint sold every half a second during open hours!
The festival is also home to the Champion Beer of Britain awards and Andrew was invited as a guest judge to help decide the winner. Judges were presented with an unmarked selection of the country’s finest beers to taste for two hours before having to award a winner.
“The brewing industry is so important for our area and I am proud to be here as an ambassador for the town. It was a fascinating process, sitting for two hours sipping premium beers from around the country and being asked to pass judgment in a blind tasting. I was disappointed that a local beer didn’t win, but it was a great honour to be asked to judge a competition like this.”
Against stiff competition, Castle Rock brewery’s Harvest Pale from Nottingham was crowned the ‘Best Beer’ in Britain.