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Champion Beer of Britain up for grabs on 6th August

71 breweries are in the running for the prestigious Champion Beer of Britain Award, taking place on the opening day of the Great British Beer Festival (6 August) at London Olympia.

Ranging from Swannay Brewery’s farmhouse brews hailing from the windswept tip of Orkney to serial winners such as Timothy Taylor and London’s Fullers – who have scooped 15 championship titles between them – the competition this year will be anything but boring.

Over 4,000 brewers, publicans, industry professionals and members of the press will descend to Olympia London to find out who has won. Visitors will have an exclusive opportunity to sample the winning and finalist brews throughout the week, along with a thousand real ales, ciders, perries, wines and gins from across the UK and abroad.

Nick Boley, Champion Beer of Britain Coordinator said: “It is an incredibly exciting time for British brewers, and nowhere is this better reflected than in the Champion Beer of Britain competition, one of the most prestigious titles within the beer industry.

“From the largest and most established brewers such as Timothy Taylor and Fuller’s to the smallest startups such as Redwillow and Byatt’s, it is anyone’s guess who will win take home the title this year.”

The Champion Beer of Britain competition opens the Great British Beer Festival, which runs from 6-10 August at Olympia London. It marks the culmination of over a year of local tasting panels and regional heats by volunteers across the country. Judges will choose the winning beer based on its appearance, aroma, taste and aftertaste across 10 categories.

This year’s entrants include:

London & South East

  • Five Points Brewing Company, London
  • Fullers, London
  • West Berkshire Brewery, Berkshire 
  • Bingham Brewery, Reading
  • Bishop Nick, Essex
  • Crouch Vale, Chelmsford
  • Kent Brewery, Kent
  • Surrey Hills Brewing Ltd, Surrey
  • Irving & Company Brewing Ltd, Portsmouth

South West

  • Bay’s Brewery, Devon
  • Hanlons Brewery, Devon
  • Otter Brewery, Devon
  • Driftwood Spars Brewery, Cornwall
  • Tintagel, Cornwall
  • Bath Ales, Bath
  • Bristol Beer Factory, Bristol
  • Butcombe, Bristol
  • Moor Beer Co, Bristol
  • Plain Ales Brewery, Warminster
  • Wye Valley Brewery, Hereford 

The Midlands

  • Batemans, Lincolnshire
  • Blue Monkey Brewing, Nottingham
  • Castle Rock Brewery, Nottingham
  • Dancing Duck, Derby
  • Redwillow, Macclesfield
  • Titanic Brewery, Stoke-on-Trent
  • Abbeydale, Sheffield
  • Acorn, Barnsley
  • Byatt’s Brewery, Coventry
  • Church End, Nuneaton
  • Holden’s Brewery, Dudley
  • Salopian Brewery, Shrewsbury
  • Three Tuns, Shropshire

East Anglia

  • Calverley’s, Cambridge
  • Green Jack, Lowestoft 
  • Lacons Brewery, Lowestoft
  • S&P brewery, Norfolk
  • Shortts Farm Brewery, Suffolk
  • Wolf Brewery, Norwich
  • Oakham Ales, Peterborough
  • Baker’s Dozen Brewing Co, Peterborough
  • The Grainstore Brewery & Tap, Peterborough
  • Colchester Brewery, Colchester

North West 

  • Bank Top Brewery, Bolton 
  • Marble Brewery, Manchester
  • Pictish Brewing Co, Rochdale
  • Brimstage Brewery, The Wirral 
  • Weetwood, Chester
  • Coniston Brewing Co, Lake District
  • South Lakes, Lake District
  • Ulverston, Lake District 

North East 

  • Big Lamp Brewery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
  • Little Valley, Yorkshire
  • Brass Castle Brewery, Yorkshire
  • Fernandes Brewery Tap & Bier Keller, Wakefield
  • Timothy Taylor Brewery, Bradford
  • Vocation Brewery, Huddersfield

Scotland

  • Belhaven Brewery, Dunbar
  • Black Isle Brewing Co, Munlochy 
  • Cromarty Brewing Co, Inverness
  • Loch Lomond Brewery, Loch Lomond
  • Fyne Ales, Loch Lomond
  • Swannay Brewery, Orkney
  • Tryst Brewery, Larbert
  • Windswept Brewing Co, Lossiemouth

Wales 

  • Conwy, Colwyn Bay
  • Greytrees, Aberdare
  • Monty’s Brewery, Montgomery
  • Purple Moose, Porthmadog
  • Rhymney, Pontypool
  • Tiny Rebel, Newport
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