Champion Beer of Britain

The CAMRA Champion Beer of Britain is one of the most prestigious beer competitions in the world. It is judged and announced at the start of the Great British Beer Festival on Tuesday 8th August.

Beers can qualify for the Champion Beer of Britain in three ways:

  • CAMRA tasting panels which judge the beers in their geographic area of the UK. The recommendations of these panels are put forward to 6 regional panels, with the winners of these qualifying for the finals in August. 
  • Votes from CAMRA members via a form in What's Brewing, the CAMRA newsletter.
  • Winning one of the 150 Beer Of The Festival awards from CAMRA beer festivals held throughout the year

Nominated beers are then grouped into categories depending on their style or strength. The finalist beers from each category then go through several rounds of blind tasting at the Great British Beer Festival. Category winners are then re-judged to determine the supreme champion — the Supreme Champion Beer of Britain. The judges of the competition usually include professional brewers, beer writers, and respected beer enthusiasts.

To be considered a Champion Beer of Britain is a huge honour to UK brewers and has been instrumental in securing national recognition for smaller breweries.

To view previous winners, please click here.