Discovery Bar

Informal Brewer & Cidermaker led tastings scheduled throughout the week at the Discovery Bar in the CAMRA Village. The Discovery Bar tastings are organised to help you learn more about the ingredients, techniques and people behind Britain’s best beers and ciders. Experience the freshest hops and malts in our ingredients display and learn more about how you can craft the finest brews known to humanity, right at home with The Malt Millers, who will be on hand all week to answer your home brew questions.

CAMRA’s Cider champions have organised a mouthwatering evening schedule of informal cider and perry tastings too so come along and check them out. 

Volunteer @ the discovery bar

Calling all Beer and Cider lovers!

Join our team of volunteer experts on the GBBF Discovery Bar. You don’t have to be a CAMRA member or an anorak. You don’t need to know everything. Ideally: you love beer/cider and can engage and talk to others & support tastings. Register your interest today by emailing 

discovery bar Tasting programme

Date Beer & Cider Tastings Time
Tuesday 2 August

Wild Beer Co. – Discover Thiols -Unlocking hidden flavours in malts and hops – with Brett Ellis, Wild Beer co. 

Thiols are compounds that are released from hops by specific yeasts and/or the addition of natural grape products during the brewing process. Thiols can contribute aromas that evoke white wines such as Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling or fruits such as gooseberry, guava, grapefruit, and passionfruit.


Siren Collab (name TBC)

12:00 – 17:00

Modern British Cider: Session and Traditional craft cider in kegs & why your local should have them on the bar – with Gabe Cook (The Ciderologist) and The Real Al Co.


Keg ‘Crafty Apple’ The Real Al Co.

Keg Conditioned ‘Ross Cider’


18:00 – 21:00
Wednesday 3 August

Anspach Hobday: ‘Cask Black vs London Black: Cask Vs Nitro’ – with Jack Hobday


Billed as the true craft alternative to stouts made by the large multinational breweries. Cask Black is Anspach & Hobday’s session strength Nitro Porter that takes inspiration from their flagship beer, The Porter. Creamy, smooth and truly sessionable.

Anspach & Hobday are brewing a special cask version of London Black for comparison with the kegged version. The latter is dispensed with Nitrogen gas which adds to the creamy mouthfeel of the kegged version.

12:00 – 17:00

Bittersweet Symphony: The apples at the core of cider The art of blending cider – with Albert Johnson, Ross Cider


Keg Conditioned Ross Cider 

Bottle Conditioned Ross Cider

18:00 – 21:00
Thursday 4 August

Siren Craft Brew: Hops that changed the face of brewing. A comparative tasting of 4 beers from Siren’s ‘4 Time Hops Project’ – with Matt Lincoln, Siren Craft Brew 

Siren  have worked with various breweries in the US to create 4 Time Hops brews, beers that showcase the hops that changed the landscape of craft beer. Cascade, Centennial, Simcoe, Citra etc.

Beers: TBC

12:00 – 17:00

Lets Talk Bubbles: How Sparkling Cider gets fizzy – with Alison Taffs Of The Hop Inn and Hop Shop Hornchurch


Traditional Method ‘Gospel Green Cyder’ (Champagne style fizz)

Ancestral Method ‘Artistaw Cider’ (Pet Nat, gentle fizz)


18:00 – 21:00
Friday 5 August

Coalition Brewing: Contrasting Yeast and Hops – with Charlotte Cook, Head Brewer Coalition Brewing. 

A comparative tasting of 3 beers brewed with different hops and yeasts


Unity Lager

Always with a Twist IPA

TOCA Social Half Time Orange

12:00 – 17:00

London Got Cider: East meets West in one City – with London Cider Club and The Real Al Co.


GiggleJuice from ‘DuckChicken Cider’, apples picked in Kent, pressed and fermented in London; 

‘Luke Cider’ Infernal Serpent, made from apples from the Western Counties – tbc


18:00 – 21:00
Saturday 6 August

Rock Leopard Brewing Co – West Coast vs New England IPA


Taking on The World – West Coast IPA 6.4% ABV Poly Keg (Key Keg)

Perched Beneath – New England IPA 5% ABV (Poly keg)

12:00 – 17:00

Discovery Bar sponsors

The GBBF Discovery Bar is brought to you with thanks to the generosity and hard work of our sponsors. Check them out below