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US craft brewers head to Great British Beer Festival

Published:  29 July, 2008

Seventeen of America's craft breweries will be represented at this year's Great British Beer Festival (GBBF), running at London's Earl's Court from 5 to 9 August.

The breweries will serve 57 hand-crafted ales and lagers of varying styles in the international Section of the event. The offering will be the largest amount of American Craft Beer to be available at the GBBF in its 31-year history.

American craft beer will be on display alongside European countries whose beer styles have helped to influence the craft beer movement in North America.

"The Brewers Association and its export development programme are extremely honored to participate in the Great British Beer Festival," said Brewers Association vice-president Bob Pease.

"The featuring of American craft beer in the 'Bieres Sans Frontiers' area of the festival helps reinforce the image of American craft beer as a world class brand."

Festival official and Bieres Sans Frontiere's Manager Andy Benson said: "We aim to feature the best beer from around the world and American craft beer is a very important part of that, and one which has increased in size at the festival over recent years.

"American brewers are extremely innovative and produce an incredible variety of beer styles, which are of the utmost quality.

"They brew beers which others wouldn't dare to brew, push the boundaries of brewing and have acted as an inspiration to brewers in many other countries."

"America's small and independent brewers are often inspired by the great brewing traditions of the Great Britain and are excited about showcasing their interpretations of these classic brewing styles," said Pease.

More information about the export development programme can be found on The Brewers Association website.

Based in Boulder, Colorado, the Brewers Association is the not-for-profit trade and education association for American craft brewers and the community of beer enthusiasts.