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Last Updated: Friday, 8 August, 2003, 08:07 GMT 09:07 UK
In pictures: Great British Beer Festival
(Photos: Phil Coomes)
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The world's biggest real ale festival is currently on at Olympia in London. (Photos: Phil Coomes)
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More than one and a half pints are served every second from the 700 ales and ciders available...
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...though it's not just beer on offer, you can pick up everything from a beer mat to a pump from the brewery of your choice.
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First timer Nick Morys says: "It's great fun and very welcoming. I've tried six beers so far, halves mind you!"
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The Campaign for Real Ale is looking to attract new drinkers...
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..."It's far more accommodating for women now; they have good facilities for the children so the parents can go and try a beer or two" say Jan, Collette and Hannah.
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Samantha and Johanna from the US thought they'd try a Liverpool Brewery. "We like their music so figured we'd like the beer."
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The ales on offer include local brews, such as the St Austell Brewery which is promoting its Tribute Beer.
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With the weather set to stay hot for a while, there are worse ways to spend a day than sampling a pint or two.




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