Champion Beer of Wales Competition

The Champion Beer of Wales

Wales is one of Nine areas which hold CAMRA competitions with the winners and some runners up going on to the national competitions for Winter Ales and the Overall final in Olympia London held at the Great British Beer Festival in August.

The 2018 Champion Beer of Britain winners from GBBF.

When is the competition?

The competition is held on Thursday around midday, with the results being announced later.

How do beers get selected?

Selection is now by the members of CAMRA who get a chance to vote online over 2 Months in the Autumn to choose their favourite beers in the 10 categories. A list is drawn up by the tasting panels and brewery Liaison officers and a comprehensive list is provided.

The other way in to the competition is through the Regional tasting panels who taste beers, describe them for the Good Beer Guide. The top rated beers can also be added to the Category heats held around CAMRA beer festivals.

Champion Beer of Wales 2018 Winners:

Gold - Boss Brewing - Black

Silver - Grey Trees - Digger's Gold

Bronze - Tiny Rebel - Cwtch

The categories are:


  Winner - Rhymney, Dark

  Runner up - Caffle, Catchypole


  Winner - Rhymney, Hobbyhorse

  Runner up - Purple Moose, Cwrw Madog

Golden Ale

  Winner - Grey Trees - Digger's Gold

  Runner up - Monty's Sunshine

Best Bitter

  Winner - Tiny Rebel Cwtch

  Runner up - Conwy, Rampart

Strong Bitter

  Winner - Grey Trees Afghan

  Runner up - Monty's, Mischief

Old Ale

  Winner - Untapped, Ember

  Runner up - Purple Moose, Dark Side of the Moose


  Winner - Untapped, Crystal

  Runner up - Purple Moose, Ysgawen


  Winner - Conwy, Telford Porter

  Runner up - Tudor, Black Rock


  Winner - Boss, Black

  Runner up - Untapped, Triple S

Barley Wine

  Winner - Heart of Wales, High as a Kite

Judges hard at work, you may be able to spot some familiar faces!

How are the beers judged?

Invited panels comprising a mix of experienced, enthusiastic CAMRA members, trained tasters, journalists, publicans and brewers choose between 5 or 6 beers without knowing what beers they are tasting, they simply follow CAMRA’s beer style guidelines and look for the best beer they have before them, looking for a beer they will want to drink again and recommend to the friends.

The competition has evolved over the years and now Wales has a tremendous range of great beers to choose from almost 100 breweries in Wales, compare that to just 8 when I joined CAMRA 30 years ago.

John Lamb

CAMRA Champion Beer of Wales Organiser

Previous CBOW Competition Results

2017 CBOW Results
2016 CBOW Results
2015 CBOW Results
2014 CBOW Results
2013 CBOW Results
2012 CBOW Results