13 breweries from across Nottingham, Lincolnshire, Sheffield and Shropshire, among others will compete to be named best in Britain in CAMRA’s Champion Beer of Britain competition next month.

The final round of judging for the champion will take place at the Great British Beer Festival, taking place on Tuesday 6 August at Olympia London. The competition has been a year in the making with regional heats and local tasting panels across the UK.

71 breweries in total will compete for the title, including 13 breweries from across the Midlands to decide the very best beer in Britain.


Local breweries represented include:

  • Batemans, Lincolnshire – a fourth-generation family brewer that has previously taken home gold in 1986, silver in 1997 and bronze in 1992.

  • Blue Monkey Brewing, Nottingham – rising from the iron smoke of Ilkeston, Blue Monkey can now produce 40,000 pints a week in their new brewery in Giltbrook.

  • Castle Rock Brewery, Nottingham – another former championship winner having won the gold in 2010, Castle Rock has been brewing since 1998.

  • Dancing Duck, Derby – from humble beginnings to now producing almost a million pints a year, Dancing Duck took home the bronze award in 2015.

  • RedWillow, Macclesfield – a newcomer to the competition, RedWillow is a small brewery producing cask ales, craft keg and canned beers.

  • Titanic Brewery, Stoke-on-Trent – born and bred in Staffordshire, two beer-loving brothers are at the helm of Titanic brewery and have been running it for 30 years now. Titanic will be showcasing their brews throughout the week of the Great British Beer Festival with a dedicated brewery bar.

  • Abbeydale, Sheffield – a true Sheffield institution based in the heart of the Antiques Quarter, Abbeydale Brewery blends heritage and tradition with creativity and innovation.

  • Acorn, Barnsley – since their very first brew in 2003, Acorn has amassed over 50 awards and is no stranger to the competition.

  • Byatt’s Brewery, Coventry – a newcomer to the awards, Byatt’s is a 12-barrel microbrewery that brews just three times a week.

  • Church End, Nuneaton – having taken home gold for its Goat’s Milk in 2017, Churchend Brewery is no stranger to the competition.

  • Holden’s Brewery, Dudley – the Holden family has been brewing for the last 104 years.

  • Salopian Brewery, Shrewsbury – founded in North Wales, Salopia moved to Shropshire where it became the smallest commercial brewery in the county. It’s grown from a two-barrel to 50-barrel plant since and won the bronze in the competition in 2014 and 2011.

  • Three Tuns, Shropshire – the ‘oldest UK brewery’ with a license dating back to 1642, The Three Tuns is new to the competition.

A full list of breweries can be found here:

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 Fullers to the smallest startups such as Redwillow and Byatt’s, it is anyone’s guess who will win the ultimate title this year.”

The Champion Beer of Britain competition opens the Great British Beer Festival, which runs from 6-10 August at Olympia London. For more information and tickets, visit