Champion Beer of Britain
Champion Beer of Britain update
In light of the current restrictions posed by the Coronavirus pandemic, CAMRA has made the decision to cancel this year’s Champion Beer of Britain competition, which normally takes place at the Great British Beer Festival.
The health, safety and wellbeing of everyone involved in the competition is of paramount importance, and it’s simply not safe to organise blind tasting panels at this time, which are vital to preserving the integrity of the competition.
Our breweries need all the support and promotion they can get during this incredibly difficult time and we are encouraging everyone to add their name to our ‘Cheers for Choice’ petition which is urging pubcos to loosen restrictions to allow locally produced beers in pubs. You can also show your support by ordering beer directly from brewers through CAMRA’s Brew2You app.
We hope to resume judging as normal in 2021.
About the Award
The 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 and is awarded every year at the Trade Session of the Great British Beer Festival.
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.
We’re currently looking for nominations for beers to enter this year’s competition!
You can now vote using our new, user-friendly online system, which allows you to cast your votes for a much wider choice of beers than ever before – from local brews to favourites from all over the country.
Voting is really simple and the new website includes a useful tutorial video to take you through the process. You can also consider getting involved in other stages of the competition, by volunteering to take part in Tasting Panels.
The deadline for submissions is 1st November 2019.
Surrey Hills’ Shere Drop
This year’s Champion Beer of Britain winner is Surrey Hills’ Shere Drop (4.2% ABV).
Described as pale in colour with a subtle hint of grapefruit and lemon in the aroma, the wonderful hop bitterness is complemented by a balanced malt flavour.
Silver went to Grey Trees Brewery’s Afghan IPA, a previous winner of the Strong Bitters category, taking first place in 2017. Grey Trees is based in Aberdare in South Wales.
Bronze was taken by Oakham Ales, based in Peterborough, for their session IPA Citra. Oakham are regulars in the Champion Beer of Britain competition and took home the silver award in 2014, 2009 and 1999 as well as gold in 2001.