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Old 06-11-2009, 08:08 PM   #1
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Default Great British Beer Festival 2009

Anybody attending? It's August 4th to the 8th, in London, naturally.

I'm considering attending.

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Old 06-11-2009, 08:15 PM   #2
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Oh geez.....Last year Orfy did all manner of drukken posting that weekend...it was quite amusing actually.

Have fun, stay safe...and remember the rule of beer goggles...objects may appear thinner after the fith pint.

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Oh geez.....Last year Orfy did all manner of drukken posting that weekend...it was quite amusing actually.

Have fun, stay safe...and remember the rule of beer goggles...objects may appear thinner after the fith pint.
AH, but I'm not single. So that doesn't matter. I used to go to the Portland Beer Fest every summer for many, many years. But this looks like a different beast entirely.
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My wife and I went on our honeymoon back in 2001. It was a fun time. We went to an early session I believe and it wasn't crowded at all and minimal lines.

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My wife and I went on our honeymoon back in 2001. It was a fun time. We went to an early session I believe and it wasn't crowded at all and minimal lines.
Good to know. Thanks. I'd aim for going during the day for sure. It'd be why I'm there, so might as well go early.
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My buddy and I are taking our dads. We'll be landing about 730 that first morning and staying through to Sunday. Hope to run into you.

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My buddy and I are taking our dads. We'll be landing about 730 that first morning and staying through to Sunday. Hope to run into you.
I haven't booked yet, but hope to book early next week. We can meet up for a pint if you're up for it. Having never been, don't know where to meet up, but we could say to meet up at a specific place at the show. Maybe meet at a specific beer or something.
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Yes! My wife and I will be in London coincidentally visiting friends (who are also English Bitter freaks) and we we be there early and strong.

BTW, if anyone can mention the best pubs to visit in London/Bristol? Here's the ones I know to go to:

- White Horse

- Wenlock Arms

- Bag 'O Nails (Bristol)

- Black Friars

- ?????

(Maybe a HBT meetup at a pub?)

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- White Horse
(Maybe a HBT meetup at a pub?)
White Horse has a nice selection. Not my favorite place, though. I like the littler neighborhood places myself. I was up in the North a lot when I was there in the past in Highgate. Liked the Flask in Hampstead if I remember correctly and some other small local places. Not worth traveling across London for though.

I'm up for a meetup, but for me it'd have to be at (or near) the show. I will likely not wander far from there. Been to London 5 times already (though it's been a long time since I've been), so not wandering around this time. I'll likely spend 5 days inside that show drinking beer. We'll see.
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BTW, if anyone finds themselves in Birmingham (in the UK), seek out the Wellington. GREAT and large selection of real ales. Lotsa stuff I never heard of everytime I've been there. You can talk to the barkeep and ask what to get and tell them what you're looking for rather than guessing. Nice place.

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