From the 4th to the 8th of August 1998, Camra (Campaign for Real Ale) hosted their 21st Beer Festival at London Olympia. This is the largest volunteer-run beer festival in the world. It is host to over 300 real-ales from 150 different British brewers and over 200 foreign beers.

The British love their beer, real beer, and Camra organise this festival to keep interest in real-ale going as the market is flooded with lager-beers from other countries, subsequently putting many British breweries in danger of closure. Whilst at the festival many beer-lovers were signing petitions to help stop closure of well-loved breweries.

Net Girl did her best to help Camra reach their target of selling their 3 millionth Great British Beer Festival pint. Over this festival alone, 250,000 pints were sold. Camra judges decided that the champion bitter was Coniston Bluebird Bitter, closely follwed by Mordue Radgie Gadgie and Moorhouse’s Black Cat.

To help soak up the beer, there were various places to get food, such as the Real Meat Sausage Company, Good Thai Dins and Potato Moon. Every taste was catered for. While you were sitting eating your food and drinking your pint, entertainment was put on in the form of live music. Also in this area of Olympia was a cider stall for those who felt like trying something a bit different.

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