Visitors to the Great British Beer Festival will have the chance to share a beer with Alan Hinkes OBE, world-renowned mountaineer on Friday the 11th August.
Alan is the only Briton to have scaled all 14 of the world’s highest mountains and has contributed to CAMRA’s latest title, Wild Pub Walks. He will join author Daniel Neilson at Olympia London to speak to festival-goers about his mountaineering adventures and to sign copies of the book.
Alan’s walking and climbing started in Yorkshire and Cumbria and quickly progressed to the rest of the UK’s mountains, the Alps and Himalaya. He’s since climbed Everest, K2 and all the world’s 8,000-metre mountains. More people have landed on the moon than have equalled Hinkes’s achievement, such are the inherent risks and physical demands.
Alan says: “It is a tradition among most hillwalkers and climbers to have a refreshing pint or two in the pub at the end of a strenuous day in the hills – some well-earned beer to celebrate a grand day out.
“Daniel and I share a passion for good beer, especially cask conditioned ale, which is so much a part of the British pub’s unique appeal. I look forward to attending the iconic 40th anniversary of the Great British Beer Festival this year – one of the best beer events in the world!”
Ian Hill, Festival Organiser for the Great British Beer Festival says: “We are honoured to have Alan Hinkes attending the Festival this year and look forward to welcoming him with some of the finest beers in the country. Make sure to visit our Membership stand on Friday for your chance to speak with Alan in person.”
Wild Pub Walks covers 22 walks in beautiful remote or mountainous landscapes, each with one or more great pubs – often with historical significance – at the journey’s end. It is available for purchase online (shop.camra.org.uk/wild-pub-
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About the Great British Beer Festival
A paradise for beer lovers, CAMRA’s Great British Beer Festival is an event not to be missed with beers to suit all tastes and preferences. Make sure to work up a thirst before you arrive – this year the festival will be expanding its drinks offering of over 900 real ales and other craft beer, ciders and international beers to include for the first time fine English wine from some of the best wine producers in the country. Upon arrival you will have the chance to sample some fantastic London street food and listen to live bands in between the guzzling. If you are looking for some light entertainment, tutored beer tasting will allow you to not only sample a selection of beers but also learn how to best taste, appreciate and rate beers.
CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, is a not-for-profit consumer group with over 187,000 members that has been operating since 1971. Our vision is to have quality real ale and thriving pubs in every community.