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, speciality beer Bingham’s Vanilla Stout took the crown for its smooth and dark flavour infused with vanilla and dark malts. This year’s winner will be announced on Tuesday 8th August at 3pm 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 fast!
Judging for the competition takes around a year, starting with individual nominations from CAMRA members and local and regional competition. 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.