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Beer stars head for BBC's food bonanza

Added: Thursday, November 14th 2013

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CAMRA – the Campaign for Real Ale – will have a major presence at Britain’s premier food and drink event, the BBC Food Show at Birmingham NEC. The show runs from 27 November to 1 December and the Great British Beer Experience, sponsored by Thwaites Brewery of Blackburn, will feature beer talks and tastings by top beer campaigners and writers Christine Cryne, Jeff Evans and Roger Protz.

Jeff Evan is the first up on 27 November with three talks at 12noon, 2pm and 4pm. Jeff writes the ground-breaking Good Bottled Beer Guide, now in its eighth edition. Over the life of the guide, the number of bottle-conditioned beers brewed in Britain has grown from 180 in 1998 to close to 2,000 today. Jeff will select beers from the latest edition of the guide as he conducts a tutored tasting. Tickets cost £5.

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Thwaites, the sponsor of the event, will conduct Head Brewer’s Choice tastings on Friday 29 November and Saturday 30 November: Friday 11am, 1pm, 3pm and 4.30pm, Saturday 11am, 1pm, 3pm and 5pm. The beers will include the brewery’s best-selling Wainwright’s and Tavern Porter.

Good Beer Guide editor Roger Protz will close the show on Sunday 1 December with five beers from his latest book, 300 More Beers to Try Before You Die, the successor to his best-selling 300 Beers. His talks and tastings will run at 11am, 1pm, 3pm and 5pm. Tickets cost £5.

To book go to There’s a 15% discount for CAMRA members who quote “CAM15” when booking.

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Christine Cryne will work with Marks & Spencer for her beer-and-food events on Thursday 28 November at 12noon, 2pm and 4pm. Christine is a seasoned beer campaigner, a member of CAMRA’s national executive and a former organiser of the Great British Beer Festival. With Christmas drawing close, her theme will be matching beer with desserts so expect some mince pie and Christmas pudding delights with the rich and flavoursome beers she will present. Tickets cost £6.