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7th-11th August 2018

Champion Beer of Britain

The CAMRA Champion Beer of Britain is one of the most prestigious beer competitions in the world. It is the ultimate honour for UK brewers and has helped put many into the national spotlight.

Last year, Church End brewery’s Goats Milk took the crown. This year’s winner will be announced on Tuesday 7th August, following a day of rigorous judging.

To get your hands on even a sip of this year’s Champion Beer of Britain is a fantastic part of your experience at the Festival. To find out who has won, look out for special pump clips around the festival, check out social media (@gbbf), visit the Information & Membership Stand (R1) or check the Great British Beer Festival website during the week. But beware, the winning beer tends to sell out fast!

Judging for the competition takes around a year, starting with individual nominations from CAMRA members and local and regional competitions. On the first day of the festival, a team of judges mull over the contenders for the competition. The competition spans real ales across the categories for Mild, Bitter, Best Bitter, Strong Bitter, Golden Ale, Specialty. These are combined with the Champion Winter Beer of Britain category winners from the National Winter Ales Festival (held in February) – Porter, Stout, Old Ales/Strong Milds, Strong Old Ales/Barley Wines – to create a shortlist for the final round of judging.


2017 Overall Winners

Brewery Beer Region
Supreme Champion Church End Goats Milk West Midlands
Silver Bishop Nick Ridley’s Rite East Anglia
Bronze Tiny Rebel Cwtch Wales



Brewery Beer Region
Gold Rudgate Ruby Mild Yorkshire and North East
Silver West Berkshire Maggs Magnificent Mild London and South East
Bronze Winter’s Mild East Anglia



Brewery Beer Region
Gold Church End Goats Milk West Midlands
Silver Bishop Nick Ridley’s Rite East Anglia
Joint Bronze Sambrook’s Wandle Ale London and South East
Joint Bronze Triple FFF XB London and South East


Best Bitters

Brewery Beer Region
Gold Tiny Rebel Cwtch Wales
Silver Blackedge Pike North West
Joint Bronze West Berkshire Good Old Boy London and South East
Joint Bronze Surrey Hills Shere Drop London and South East


Golden Ales

Brewery Beer Region
Gold Blue Monkey Infinity East Midlands
Silver Fyne Ales Jarl Scotland and Northern Ireland
Joint Bronze Ludlow Gold West Midlands
Joint Bronze Oakham Citra East Anglia


Strong Bitters

Brewery Beer Region
Gold Greytrees Afghan Pale Ale Wales
Silver Barngates Red Bull Terrier North West
Bronze Salopian Automaton West Midlands



Brewery Beer Region
Gold Saltaire Triple Chocoholic Yorkshire and North East
Joint Silver Blackedge Black Port Porter North West
Joint Silver Cromarty Red Rocker Scotland and Northern Ireland


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