Champion Beer of Britain

Champion Beer of Britain
Pumpclip for the CBOB winner in 2004

The Champion Beer of Britain (also known as CBOB) is an award presented by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), at their annual Great British Beer Festival in early August. Beers can qualify in three ways:

  • CAMRA tasting panels 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 and 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 Champion Beer Of Britain.



Beers are split into categories depending on their style or strength

  • Mild
  • Bitter
  • Best Bitter
  • Special Bitter
  • Strong Ale (until 1990)
  • Strong Bitter (from 1991)
  • Golden Ales
  • New Brewery (until 1990)
  • Old Ales (see note below)
  • Barley Wines (see note below)
  • Porters & Stouts
  • Speciality Bitters
  • Bottle-Conditioned Beers

Name changes

The Old Ales & Barley Wines category has been renamed over the years. The award was first presented in 1991. In 1992 the category was split into two - Old Ales and Barley Wines. The new Old Ales category was renamed in 1993 to Old Ales & Strong Milds, changed again to Old Ales & Strong Ales in 1994, finally reverting to Old Ales & Strong Milds in 1996.

The Strong Ale category was changed in 1991 to Strong Bitter, with the Strong Milds joining the Old Ales category.

Winter ales

Since 1996 the Old Ales & Strong Milds, Barley Wines and Porters & Stouts have been judged as part of the Champion Winter Beer Of Britain awards at the National Winter Ales Festival.

Current holders

The 2011 overall winners were[1]

  • Champion Beer of Britain - Mighty Oak, Oscar Wilde
  • Second - Marble, Chocolate
  • Third - Salopian, Shropshire Gold

The 2010 overall winners were[2]

Previous holders

From 1990 onwards Gold, Silver and Bronze awards were made instead of just having an overall winner.

Year Gold Silver Bronze
1990 Ind Coope Burton Ale Timothy Taylor Landlord Robinson's Old Tom
1991 Mauldon Black Adder Fuller's ESB Brains Dark
1992 Woodforde's Norfolk Nog Timothy Taylor Landlord Bateman Salem Porter
1993 Adnams Extra Timothy Taylor Best Bitter Woodforde's Headcracker
1994 Timothy Taylor Landlord Coachhouse Blunderbuss Woodforde's Headcracker
1995 Cottage Norman's Conquest Harveys Porter Hadrian Centurion
1996 Woodforde's Wherry Best Bitter Cheriton Digger's Gold Butterknowle Banner Bitter
1997 Mordue Workie Ticket Bateman Dark Mild Hobson's Best Bitter
1998 Coniston Bluebird Bitter Mordue Radgie Gadgie Moorhouse's Black Cat
1999 Timothy Taylor Landlord Oakham JHB (Jeffrey Hudson Bitter) Caledonian Deuchars IPA
2000 Moorhouse's Black Cat Hogsback TEA York Brewery Yorkshire Terrier
2001 Oakham Jeffrey Hudson Bitter Hop Back Summer Lightning Brains Dark
2002 Caledonian Deuchars IPA RCH East Street Cream Triple fff Moondance
2003 Harviestoun Bitter & Twisted Brains Dark Bazens' Black Pig
2004 Kelham Island Pale Rider Greene King IPA Hampshire Ironside
2005 Crouch Vale Brewers Gold Grainstore Rutland Panther Woodforde's Wherry
2006 Crouch Vale Brewers Gold Harveys Sussex Best Bitter Triple fff Moondance
2007 Hobsons Mild Mighty Oak Maldon Gold Green Jack Ripper
2008 Triple fff Alton's Pride Beckstones Black Dog Freddy Wickwar Station Porter
2009 Rudgate Ruby Mild Oakham Attila West Berkshire Dr Hexter's
2010 Castle Rock Harvest Pale Timothy Taylor Landlord Surrey Hills Hammer Mild

2009 Awards

Overall winners

  • Champion Beer of Britain - Rudgate, Ruby Mild (York, North Yorkshire)
  • Second - Oakham, Attila (Peterborough, Cambridgeshire)
  • Third - West Berkshire, Dr Hexter's Healer (Thatcham, Berkshire)

Mild category

  • Gold - Rudgate, Ruby Mild (York, North Yorkshire)
  • Silver - Bank Top, Dark Mild (Bolton, Lancashire)
  • Bronze - Highland, Dark Munro (Birsay, Orkney)

Bitter category

  • Gold - Surrey Hills, Ranmore Ale (Guildford, Surrey)
  • Silver - Butcombe, Bitter (Bristol, Avon)
  • Joint Bronze - Humpty Dumpty, Little Sharpie (Reedham, Norfolk)
  • Joint Bronze - Triple fff, Alton's Pride (Alton, Hampshire)

Best Bitter category

  • Gold - Southport, Golden Sands (Southport, Merseyside)
  • Silver - Buntingford, Britannia (Royston, Hertfordshire)
  • Joint Bronze - Evan Evans, Cwrw (Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire)
  • Joint Bronze - Thornbridge, Lord Marples (Bakewell, Derbyshire)
  • Joint Bronze - Vale, VPA (Brill, Buckinghamshire)

Golden Ale category

  • Gold - Dark Star, American Pale Ale (Ansty, West Sussex)
  • Joint Silver - Adnams, Explorer (Southwold, Suffolk)
  • Joint Silver - St Austell, Proper Job (St Austell, Cornwall)

Strong Bitter category

  • Gold - West Berkshire, Dr Hexter's Healer (Thatcham, Berkshire)
  • Silver - Thornbridge, Kipling (Bakewell, Derbyshire)
  • Bronze - Grain, Tamarind IPA (Harleston, Norfolk)

Speciality Beer category

  • Gold - Nethergate, Umbel Magna (Pentlow, Essex)
  • Silver - Wentworth, Bumble Beer (Wentworth, South Yorkshire)
  • Bronze - Amber, Chocolate Orange Stout (Ripley, Derbyshire)

Winter Beer of Britain

winner (announced in January 2009)

  • Oakham, Attila (Cambridgeshire)

Bottled Beer of Britain

  • Gold - Titanic, Stout (Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire)
  • Silver - Great Gable, Yewbarrow (Gosforth, Cumbria)
  • Bronze - White Shield Brewery, White Shield (Coors, Burton-on-Trent)

2008 awards

Champion Beer of Britain

  • Champion Beer of Britain: Triple fff Alton's Pride (Hampshire)[3]:
  • Second: Beckstones Black Dog Freddy (Cumbria)
  • Third: Wickwar Station Porter (Gloucestershire)

Mild Category

  • Gold - Beckstones, Black Dog Freddy (Cumbria)
  • Silver - Rudgate, Ruby Mild (York)
  • Bronze - Rhymney, Dark (Merthyr Tydfil)

Bitter Category

  • Gold - Triple fff, Alton's Pride (Hampshire)
  • Silver - Lees, Bitter (Manchester) Joint
  • Bronze - Jarrow, Rivet Catcher (Tyne & Wear) and Surrey Hills, Ranmore Ale (Surrey)

Best Bitter Category

  • Gold - Skinner's, Betty Stogs (Cornwall)
  • Silver - Highland, Scapa Special (Orkney)
  • Bronze - Cairngorm, Nessies Monster Mash (Highlands) and Timothy Taylor, Landlord (West Yorkshire)

Strong Bitter Category

  • Gold - Thornbridge, Jaipur IPA (Derbyshire)
  • Silver - Fuller's, ESB (London)
  • Bronze - Highland, Orkney Blast (Orkney)

Golden Ale Category

  • Gold - Otley, O1 (Mid Glamorgan)
  • Silver - Loddon, Ferryman's Gold (Oxfordshire)
  • Bronze - Skinner's, Cornish Knocker Ale (Cornwall)

Speciality Beer Category

  • Gold - Otley, OGarden (Mid Glamorgan)
  • Silver - Wentworth, Bumble Beer (South Yorkshire)
  • Bronze - Nethergate, Umbel Magna (Essex)

Bottled-Conditioned Beers

  • Gold - Wye Valley, Dorothy Goodbody's Wholesome Stout
  • Silver - Fullers, 1845
  • Bronze - Wells and Young's, Special London Ale

Winter Beer of Britain

  • Winner (announced in Jan 2008) Wickwar, Station Porter

2007 awards

Champion Beer Of Britain

  • Gold - Hobsons Mild
  • Silver - Mighty Oak Maldon Gold
  • Bronze - Green Jack Ripper


  • Gold - Hobsons Mild
  • Silver - Nottingham Rock Mild
  • Bronze - Brain's Dark


  • Gold - Castle Rock Harvest Pale
  • Silver - Twickenham Crane Sundancer
  • Joint Bronze - Surrey Hills Ranmore Ale and Fyne Piper's Gold

Best Bitters

  • Gold - Purple Moose Glaslyn Ale
  • Silver - George Wright Pipe Dream
  • Joint Bronze - Fuller's London Pride, Nethergate Suffolk County and Station House Buzzin'

Strong Bitters

  • Gold - York Centurion's Ghost
  • Silver - Inveralmond Lia Fail
  • Bronze - Brain's SA Gold

Speciality Beers

  • Gold - Nethergate Umbel Magna
  • Silver - Little Valley Hebden Wheat
  • Bronze - St Peter's Grapefruit

Golden Ales

  • Gold - Mighty Oak Maldon Gold
  • Silver - Oak Leaf Hole Hearted
  • Bronze - Otley 01

CAMRA Bottle-conditioned Beers

  • Gold - O'Hanlon's Port Stout
  • Silver - Titanic Stout and Wye Valley Dorothy Goodbody's Wholesome Stout
  • Bronze - Wapping Baltic Gold

See also

  • GBBF


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