Great British Beer Festival
A red-letter event in every beer lover's diary, this is the country's biggest beer festival, held over five days at London's Olympia in August. It celebrated its 35th anniversary in 2012.
It showcases over 1,000 British and foreign beers, as well as traditional British cider and perry. Over 65,000 visitors are expected.
A number of awards are given each August for various classes of beer including: supreme champions, bitter, premium bitter, golden ale, mild, speciality beer and new brewery- the Festival opens with the announcement of Champion Beer of Britain. Coniston brewery's 'No.9 Barley Wine' won the award in 2012.