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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.

Elland’s 1872 Porter

The Champion Beer of Britain 2023 winner was Elland’s 1872 Porter (6.5% ABV).

Described as a ruby black porter, with chocolate and caramelised fruit flavours with a hint of black toffee on the nose. The judges enjoyed its smooth mouthfeel with a finish that is roasty and dry. A satisfying and remarkably easy drinking porter.  

Silver went to Abbot (5%) from Greene King Brewery, described as a classic premium bitter with typical fruit hops and malty throughout.

Bronze was taken by Darwin’s Origin (4.3%) from Salopian Brewery, which impressed judges with citrus, earthy hops and a flavour that starts fruity and fades into a pleasant bittersweet finish.

Beer tasters needed!

CAMRA is looking for members to become taste panellists and help develop our tasting notes for the Good Beer Guide and other publications, as well as helping nominate beers for the Champion Beer of Britain competitions.

Tastings can be done in groups or individually and training is given.

So, if you like trying different beers, can spare around two hours each month and commit to taking part in online (or in person) training, all you need do is contact your Regional Tasting Panel Co-ordinator (emails below) to let them know you’re interested.