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17th July 2013

East Midland’s Champion Beers up against the best from round the UK

The East Midland’s best beers, as voted for by judges from the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), will next month be fighting it out at the National Champion Beer of Britain competition at CAMRA’s flagship Great British Beer Festival 2013.

Throughout 2012 the East Midland’s finest beers have been judged at CAMRA Festivals across the region, with the winners moving forward to the overall Regional judging stage. At the Derby Camra Winter Festival 2013 the 4 gold winners of the winter categories were judged against each other and an overall Gold, Silver and Bronze awarded – these three beers will now go into the National Competition.




East Midlands Champion Beers 2012– Derby City Charter Festival 2013

East Midlands Champion beers


Gold (First Place)

Bateman’s, Salem Porter

Silver (Second Place)

Castle Rock, Screech Owl

Bronze (Third Place)

Grainstore, Rutland Beast



Matt Biswas of Bateman’s Brewery on hearing of the success of Salem Porter said “We are all incredibly proud of Salem Porter, it’s a classic Batemans beer with fruity, hoppy top notes leading to a satisfying toasty biscuit like finish.  When Stuart Bateman was told he was so pleased that Salem Porter won the porter category but to go on and win the East Midlands Champion is an unbelievable achievement.  This is an all round success for everyone involved with this great British beer”.


The Champion Beer of Britain competition takes place at The Great British Beer Festival at London’s Olympia, on Tuesday 13th August. The festival runs from 13th – 17th August.






Further Information:


Carl Brett – CAMRA Regional Director East Midlands – 07801 365232


Jerry Gale – East Midlands Champion Beer of Britain Co-ordinator – 07923 232660


Gillian Williams – East Midlands Deputy CBOB Co-ordinator – 07847 504074


Nik Antona – CAMRA Director Champion Beer of Britain – 07443 426583


Julian Hough – CAMRA Director Competition Organiser Derby Festivals – 07801 417887




Derby City Charter Festival – held in The Assembly Rooms, Derby from July 10th -14th




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