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.
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.
The categories are:
How are the beers judged?
Judges hard at work, you may be able to spot some familiar faces!
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.
CAMRA Champion Beer of Wales Organiser