CAMRA members have been invited to nominate their favourite beers for the first stage of voting to find the next Champion Beer of Britain.
Members have until Wednesday 1 November to make their submissions on CAMRA’s Champion Beer of Britain platform and can choose up to five beers across each of the categories.
CAMRA awards director Laura Emson said: “I am very excited to announce the return of the Champion Beer of Britain competition.
Grandest of accolades
“The award undoubtedly is the grandest of accolades a brewer can hope to receive. The declaration of the winner at the Great British Beer Festival is always one of the major highlights of the event.
“CAMRA members will be able to vote using our special voting portal, and in a range of different categories, from milds to bitters, IPAs to barley wines, and more.”
The awards process will include a serious of regional heats throughout 2024, culminating in the final judging and announcement at the trade day of the Great British Beer Festival 2024.
At the most recent Great British Beer Festival in August 2023, the competition returned for the first time since the pandemic.
Yorkshire-base Elland Brewery’s 1872 Porter was crowned as this year’s winner with Greene King’s Abbot Ale and Salopian Darwin’s Origin in second and third place respectively.
Elland Brewery sales and marketing director Scott Hutchinson said it felt “unreal” and “incredible” to win the award.
“I still don’t quite believe it, it’s a real shock. We won 10 years ago but it was a totally different crew, and everybody has been through a lot of changes with lockdown and changes in the industry with everything that’s going on.
“Small breweries are struggling all over the country and we came here with the expectation to just have a nice day”, he added.
Previous winners include Surrey Hills’ Shere Drop and Siren Craft Brew’s Broken Dream Breakfast Stout.
Emson added: “We’re now urging all members to take part in the process. If you’re not a member, why not join the Campaign today to nominate your favourite pint and enjoy all the benefits of a CAMRA membership too.”