As preparations begin for this year’s Great British Beer Festival, we’d like you to help the Northern Ireland Branch promote some of Northern Ireland’s great brewers and beers.
It’s been a few years since beer from Northern Ireland has featured at GBBF, and a reason for this has been a lack of suggestions from ourselves.
We’d love to see Northern Irish Brewers properly represented this year, so we’re asking you to send in your personal recommendations. The window for sending these in closes on 28th February, in less than 1 week.
What GBBF’s beer orderers are looking for from you:
-Give your personal opinions on the beer, they’re not too interested in what prizes it has won or what sells well.
-When describing beers, make life easier for them by letting them know the style and ABV, but don’t forget to include more details and your opinions.
-Don’t just list all the brewers in Northern Ireland, they’re looking for your personal beer recommendations.
-Don’t just list all the beers from a given brewer, they’re looking for which beers you think are the brewer’s best beers.
-The beer should be available for CAMRA to buy in cask in August. This year GBBF will only buy cask beers from UK brewers.
-The festival is unlikely to feature more than one beer from each brewery, but please recommend any you think should be selected, ranked if possible. This will help them ensure a variety of styles.
-If you think there are any beers GBBF shouldn’t order or breweries that should be avoided, tell them, with reasons. All negative comments will be treated as confidential.
You may also recommend great beers from outside Northern Ireland too, if you’d like.
There are now far more breweries in the UK than beers at GBBF, so every recommended beer will not feature. As such, beers and breweries without any recommendations will not feature at GBBF.
The beer orderers are likely to know less about Northern Irish beers and brewers than most other areas of the UK, so the information you provide is particularly important.
Please send your recommendations to firstname.lastname@example.org
or by post to Bagsy Durham, GBBF Beer Order, CAMRA, 230 Hatfield Road, St Albans, Herts, AL1 4DW.
All recommendations must be sent in before Wednesday 28th February, This is tight, and the Northern Ireland Branch can only apologise for the delay in getting the information out to you.
Thank you for any help you can give to the Brewers of NI!