At last year's Great British Beer Festival CAMRA presented 45 American cask ales. This year I am hopeful that we will see at least that number and hopefully slightly more.
It was with some excitement therefore that I noticed the publicity for this weekend's USA festival at The White Horse, Parson's Green exclaimed "The Most American Beers on Draught the UK has ever seen!"
The beer list is now available on-line and you can see that they have come up trumps with a provisional list of 48 American beers - some cask, some keg. There will also be some interesting beers from England.
These are exciting times for the beer drinker with an interest in the US craft brewing scene. Although the aggressive nature of their use of hops has been established for some years now, there are great things happening over the water with barrel ageing, high gravity brewing and rarer beer styles. US craft is really taking beer further than it's ever been. We are seeing similar efforts from the likes of Thornbridge and Brewdog in this country but it has not really caught the public attention as successfully as the most adventurous US brewers.
Come and see what all the fuss is about and celebrate Independence Day with an Arrogant Bastard.
Keep your eye on the Bieres Sans Frontieres website to see what is coming to GBBF this year.