Real Ale Price Watch (Jan 2019)

In common with all areas throughout the land we see quite a range of Real Ale prices in this Branch area (Shrewsbury & West Shropshire). To illustrate this, some of the extremes of the last year are listed below (price charged per pint, Real Ale only). If you think this is an issue, feel free to give your examples in the ‘Leave a Reply’ box at the bottom of the page and they will be added to the list where appropriate (please do not include use of discounts/vouchers/loyalty cards).

Wilfred Owen (Osw’try) Ruddles Best 3.7% 1.85 (May 17)  
S’bury Hotel (S’bury) Ruddles Best 3.7% 1.89 (Jan 19)
Montgomerys (S’bury) Ruddles Best 3.7% 1.89 (Jan 19)
Olde Vaults (Oswestry) Offas Dyke Pride 3.8% 2.20 (Sep 18)
Loggerheads (S’bury) Youngs London G  4.0% 2.30 (Jan 19)

Tue only

Albion Vaults (S’bury) St Annes Lea Cross 4.5% 2.40 (Dec 18)
Hop & Friar (Shrewsbury) Banks’s Amber 3.8% 2.40 (Feb 18)
Bull’s Head (S’bury) Banks’s Amber 3.8% 2.45 (Jan 19)
Brick (AF, S’bury) Plan B NPA 4.4% 2.50 (Jan 19)
Coach & H (S’bury) Salopian Oracle 4.0% 2.50 (Nov 18)

HH

Abbey (S’bury) Hobsons Postmn 5.0% 2.50 (Nov 18)

Mon only

Castle Vaults (S’bury) Castle Rock Harvst 3.8% 2.50 (Oct 18)
Wheatsheaf (Frankwell Sh) Salopian Oracle 4.0% 2.50 (Jan 18)

Mon only

Beacon (Shrewsbury) Salopian Lemon 4.5% 2.50 (Jan 18)

Mon only

Dog & Pheasant (S’bury) Brakspear Oxford 4.0% 2.55 (Sep 18)
Inn on the Green  (Sbury) Marston’s Saddle 3.8% 2.55 (Jul 18)  
Coracle (Shrewsbury) Banks’s Amber 3.8% 2.55 (Jan 18)
Royal Oak (S’bury) BCA Pig on Wall 4.3% 2.60 (Nov 18)

HH

Rock & Fountain (S’bury) Sharps Doom Bar 4.0% 2.60 (Sep 18)

HH

Hole in the Wall (S’bury) Greene King IPA 3.6% 2.60 (Jun 18)
Plough (Oswestry) Tim Taylor Boltmkr 4.0% 2.60 (May 17)  
Old Post Office (Wem) 3 Tuns XXX 4.3% 2.70 (Sep 18)
Bailey Head (Oswestry) Magpie 4 for a Boy 3.6% 2.70 (May 17)
Oak (Oswestry) Stonehse Zaffir 4.0% 2.80 (May 17)
Stonehouse (Oswestry) Stonehse Cambrn 4.2% 2.80 (May 17)
Cross Foxes (S’bury) Wood Shrops Lad 4.5% 2.90 (Sep 18)
Bull (S’bury) Banks’s Amber 3.8% 2.90 (Jun 18)
White Hart (Ellesmere) Hobsons Mild 3.2% 2.90 (Apr 18)  
Swan (Ellesmere) Tetley Bitter 3.7% 2.90 (Apr 18)
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Olive Tree (Shrewsbury) Stonehouse Cambrian 4.2% 3.70 (Nov 18)
Rose & Crown (Ludlow) Thornbridge Jaipur 5.9% 3.70 (Sep 17)
Bucks Head (C Stretton) Marstons Shp Intake 4.0% 3.70 (Aug 17)
Vaults (Bishop’s Castle) Rat White Rat 4.0% 3.70 (Jul 17)
Cromwell’s (S’bury) Salopian High Frequency 5.2% 3.70 (Sep 18)
Darwins Kitchen (S’bury) Salopian Darwins Origin 4.3% 3.80 (Aug 18)
Red Lion (Shrewsbury) Thornbridge Jaipur 5.9% 3.80 (Jul 17)
Green Dragon (Stretton) Sarah Hughes D R 6.0% 3.80 (Jun 17)
Loopy Shrew (S’bury) St Annes Lea Cross 4.5% 3.85 (Dec 17)
Lion Hotel (S’bury) Wye Valley Butty Bach 4.5% 3.90 (Jan 19)
Lion & Pheasant (Sbury) Hobsons Twisted Spire 3.6% 3.90 (Jul 18)
White Lion (Whittington) Hook Norton Hooky 3.5% 3.90 (Mar 18)
Waterside (Moreton) Stonehouse Station 3.9% 4.00 (Dec 18)
Alb (Shrewsbury) Stones Alb Ale 3.7% 4.00 (Aug 18)
Henry Tudor (S’bury) Salopian Shrop Gold 3.8% 4.00 (May 18)
Armoury (Shrewsbury) Black Lodge Liberties 5.2% 4.10 (Sep 18)
Boathouse (Ellesmere) Stonehouse Station 3.9% 4.30 (Nov 17)
HH = Happy hour

Archive of prices at end of 2018

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Champion Beer of Britain (CBoB) 2018

Have your say and choose your Champion Beer of Britain

All CAMRA members have the chance to nominate beers from their local area via the CBoB voting website. This means that beers from all parts of the country have an equal chance to be nominated. The voting period opens shortly, and we would like as many members as possible submitting their votes for their favourite local beers.
You can nominate up to five beers in each of the eleven categories to be put forward for the CBoB competition, but if you only want to nominate beers in one category, or even just one beer, that’s fine. The more votes we get, the better the results will be.
You do not have to nominate all the beers in one go. You can alter your selections anytime up to the deadline at midnight on 15th November (NOTE: EXTENSION TO DEADLINE).
Not all beers are eligible for CBoB; mainstream beer styles like Bitters, Best Bitters, Strong Bitters & Golden Ales have to be available for at least 7 months of the year. Other beer styles have to be available for a lesser period depending on the rarity and seasonality of the beer style. CAMRA is currently carrying out a complete root and branch revision of our beer styles, but the current styles will be used this and next year.
Initial nominations for CBoB are made at a local level so only beers that are produced in the area near you (based on your registered address) will be available for nomination. We realise that some of you will drink beers from a wider area, but many members also tend to only drink more local beers. This will be the last year using this system; next year members will be able to vote for a wider selection of beers if they so choose.

How to Vote

Any CAMRA member can login into the CBoB website www.cbobvoting.org.uk using their member login details. If you have forgotten these details you can reset your password by clicking here.
Alternatively, you can contact the Membership Services team emailing membership@camra.org.uk
or call 01727 798 8440.
Having logged in you will be able to access information about the nomination schedule.

The CBoB voting system gives every CAMRA member the opportunity to have a say in who wins and becomes CAMRA’s Champion Beer of Britain, don’t moan about which beers get judged at GBBF, get involved and vote for your favourites.
Spread the word once you’ve voted #votecbob.

If you have any technical problems entering your selection, or with the website, please contact support@cbobvoting.org.uk for help. For any general non-technical issues please contact marketing@camra.org.uk.

This year the nomination period runs from Saturday, 1st September 2018 to midnight on Thursday, 15th November 2018.
Thanks for taking part, we really appreciate it.

Click here to see local successes from previous years

Cider & Perry Trail 2018

This year’s Cider & Perry trail is underway. Once again the trail will be open for July AND August. 65 Shropshire pubs plus 7 from neighbouring counties are taking part. Click on the apple logo for more information about cask Cider & Perry.

List of participating Pubs

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Corrections:

Page 16 (pubs 66-68) was omitted due to a printing error, the missing page should be attached to your booklet at the back.

Rose & Crown, Ludlow – BONUS PUB
Coracle Micropub, Ironbridge – BONUS PUB
Golden Lion, Bridgnorth – BONUS PUB

NOTE: Although the quoted deadline is 4th September, it will not be strictly enforced. Anyone still collecting in the last week of August will be allowed a couple of weeks to return their passport.

West Midlands CAMRA Regional Summer Cider Trail

Saturday, August 25
Trip to Shrewsbury and surrounds. To take part in the Shropshire branches Summer Cider Trail. Make your own way by public transport to arrive by Noon. Beer drinkers welcome as are hats.

Shrewsbury Beer Festival Beers List 2018

Provisional list:

Brewery – Town (County)

All Day Brewing – Salle (Norfolk)
Arbor – Bristol
Black Iris – Nottingham
Black Lodge – Liverpool
Brass Castle – Malton (North Yorkshire)
Brentwood – Pilgrims Hatch (Essex)
Buffys – Tivetshall St Mary (Norfolk)
Burton Town – Burton Upon Trent (Staffordshire)
Byatt’s – Coventry
Campbells – Peebles (Borders)
Chapel – Duddleston Heath (Shropshire)
Church End – Nuneaton (Warwickshire)
Clavell & Hind – Birdlip (Gloucestershire)
Cliff Quay – Stowmarket (Suffolk)
Clun – Clun (Shropshire)
Dancing Duck – Derby
Dovecote Brewery – Denbigh (Denbighshire)
Earl Soham – Debenham (Suffolk)
Electric Bear – Bath (Somerset)
Elephant School – Pilgrims Hatch (Essex)
Elmtree – Snetterton (Norfolk)
Enefield – Enfield (London)
Green Jack – Lowestoft (Suffolk)
Hobsons – (Cleobury Mortimer) Shropshire
Holdens – Dudley (West Midlands)
Hopcraft – Pontyclun (Mid Glamorgan)
Howling Hops – Hackney (London)
Humpty Dumpty – Reedham (Norfolk)
JW Lees/Northern Monk – Middleton (Manchester) / Leeds
Kelham Island – Sheffield (South Yorkshire)
Kinver – Kinver (Staffordshire)
Kirkstall – Leeds (West Yorkshire)
Lacons – Great Yarmouth (Norfolk)
Lithic – Llangorse (Powys)
Ludlow – Ludlow (Shropshire)
Mad Dog – Penperlleni (Monmouthshire)
Magic Rock – Huddersfield (West Yorkshire)
Magic Rock / Wild Beer – Huddersfield / Shepton Mallet (West Yorks/Somerset)
Merchant City – Maryhill (Glasgow)
Mor Brewing – Kellas (Dundee)
North Riding / RAD – East Ayton (North Yorkshire)
Oakham – Peterborough (Cambridgeshire)
Salopian – Hadnall (Shropshire)
Siren – Finchampstead (Berkshire)
Sperrin – Nuneaton (Warwickshire)
St Anne’s – Lea Cross (Shropshire)
St Peter’s – Bungay (Suffolk)
Staggeringly Good – Portsmouth (Hampshire)
Stewart – Loanhead (Midlothian)
Stonehouse – Weston (Shropshire)
Swan – Leominster (Herefordshire)
Thornbridge – Ashford in the Water (Derbyshire)
Three Tuns – Bishops Castle (Shropshire)
Tiny Rebel – Rogerstone (Monmouthshire)
Twisted Angel – Beverley (East Yorkshire)
Tyne Bank – Newcastle Upon Tyne (Tyne & Wear)
Velvet Owl / Space Cadet – Caerphilly (Caerphilly)
Wild Beer Co / Left Handed Giant – Shepton Mallet / Bristol (Somerset/Gloucestershire)
Wilderness – Newton (Powys)
Windswept – Lossiemouth (Moray)
Wolf – Attleborough (Norfolk)
Wood – Wistanstow (Shropshire)

Real Ale Price Watch (Dec 2018)

In common with all areas throughout the land we see quite a range of Real Ale prices in this Branch area (Shrewsbury & West Shropshire). To illustrate this, some of the extremes of the last year are listed below (price charged per pint, Real Ale only). If you think this is an issue, feel free to give your examples in the ‘Leave a Reply’ box at the bottom of the page and they will be added to the list where appropriate (please do not include use of discounts/vouchers/loyalty cards).

Wilfred Owen (Osw’try) Ruddles Best 3.7% 1.85 (May 17)  
S’bury Hotel (S’bury) Ruddles Best 3.7% 1.89 (Dec 18)
Montgomerys (S’bury) Ruddles Best 3.7% 1.89 (Dec 18)
Olde Vaults (Oswestry) Offas Dyke Pride 3.8% 2.20 (Sep 18)
Loggerheads (S’bury) Jennings Sneck 5.1% 2.30 (Aug 18)

Tue only

Crown (Coleham, Sh) Banks’s Amber 3.8% 2.35 (Apr 17)
Albion Vaults (S’bury) St Annes Lea Cross 4.5% 2.40 (Dec 18)
Hop & Friar (Shrewsbury) Banks’s Amber 3.8% 2.40 (Feb 18)
Bull’s Head (S’bury) Banks’s Amber 3.8% 2.45 (Oct 18)
Coach & H (S’bury) Salopian Oracle 4.0% 2.50 (Nov 18)

HH

Abbey (S’bury) Hobsons Postmn 5.0% 2.50 (Nov 18)

Mon only

Brick (AF, S’bury) Plan B Boscobel 4.8% 2.50 (Nov 18)
Castle Vaults (S’bury) Castle Rock Harvst 3.8% 2.50 (Oct 18)
Wheatsheaf (Frankwell Sh) Salopian Oracle 4.0% 2.50 (Jan 18)

Mon only

Beacon (Shrewsbury) Salopian Lemon 4.5% 2.50 (Jan 18)

Mon only

Dog & Pheasant (S’bury) Brakspear Oxford 4.0% 2.55 (Sep 18)
Inn on the Green  (Sbury) Marston’s Saddle 3.8% 2.55 (Jul 18)  
Coracle (Shrewsbury) Banks’s Amber 3.8% 2.55 (Jan 18)
Royal Oak (S’bury) BCA Pig on Wall 4.3% 2.60 (Nov 18)

HH

Rock & Fountain (S’bury) Sharps Doom Bar 4.0% 2.60 (Sep 18)

HH

Hole in the Wall (S’bury) Greene King IPA 3.6% 2.60 (Jun 18)
Plough (Oswestry) Tim Taylor Boltmkr 4.0% 2.60 (May 17)  
Barley Mow (Trefonen) Offas Dyke Talismn 4.0% 2.60 (Mar 17)
Fox Inn (Wem) Ruddles Best 3.7% 2.65 (Dec 16)  
Old Post Office (Wem) 3 Tuns XXX 4.3% 2.70 (Sep 18)
Stables (Craven Arms) Hobsons Best 3.8% 2.70 (Jun 17)
Bailey Head (Oswestry) Magpie 4 for a Boy 3.6% 2.70 (May 17)
Red Castle (Harmer Hill) Hobsons Mild 3.2% 2.80 (Sep 17)
Oak (Oswestry) Stonehse Zaffir 4.0% 2.80 (May 17)
Stonehouse (Oswestry) Stonehse Cambrn 4.2% 2.80 (May 17)
Charles Darwin (S’bury) Salopian Shr Gld 3.8% 2.90 (Nov 18)
Cross Foxes (S’bury) Wood Shrops Lad 4.5% 2.90 (Sep 18)
Bull (S’bury) Banks’s Amber 3.8% 2.90 (Jun 18)
White Hart (Ellesmere) Hobsons Mild 3.2% 2.90 (Apr 18)  
Swan (Ellesmere) Tetley Bitter 3.7% 2.90 (Apr 18)
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Salopian (Shrewsbury) Turning Point Lucid Dream 5.0% 3.50 (Dec 18)
Four Crosses (Bicton) 3 Tuns XXX 4.3% 3.50 (Nov 18)
Nags Head (Shrewsbury) Rebellion IPA 3.7% 3.50 (Nov 18)
Station Hotel (S’bury) Salopian Oracle 4.0% 3.50 (Oct 18)  
Castle (Bishops Castle) Clun Pale 4.1% 3.50 (Oct 18)  
White Horse (S’bury) Lymestone Stone the Crows 5.4% 3.50 (Sep 18)
Horseshoes (Dorrington) Wye Valley Butty Bach 4.5% 3.50 (Aug 18)
Ragleth (Little Stretton) Wye Valley HPA 4.0% 3.50 (Aug 18)
OPO (Shrewsbury) Brakspear Bitter 3.4% 3.50 (Aug 18)
Waterfront (Shrewsbury) Weetwood Cheshire Cat 4.0% 3.50 (Jul 18)
Severn Social (S’bury) Salopian Lemon Dream 4.5% 3.50 (Jun 18)
House of Grain (S’bury) Salopian Oracle 4.0% 3.50 (May 18)
Church (Ludlow) Salopian Darwins O 4.3% 3.50 (Nov 17)
Stretton Ale Hse (CStr) Ludlow Stairway 5.0% 3.50 (Nov 17)  
Chapel Bar (S’bury) 3 Tuns XXX 4.3% 3.50 (Sep 17)  
Red Barn (Shrewsbury) Fullers London Pride 4.1% 3.50 (Sep 17)
Wheatsheaf (C S’bury) Jennings Cockr Hoop 4.6% 3.50 (Aug 17)
Craven Arms Hotel (CA) Jennings Cumb’land 4.0% 3.50 (Jun 17)
Belle Vue Tavern (Sbury) Marston’s Bass 4.4% 3.50 (May 17)
Boar’s Head (Bish Castle) Dartmoor Jail 4.8% 3.55 (Oct 18)
Vaults (Whitchurch) Flying Monk Jackdaw 4.3% 3.60 (Nov 18)
Dolphin (Shrewsbury) Joules Fat Mouse 4.4% 3.60 (Nov 18)
Three Fishes (S’bury) Salopian Voodoo 4.5% 3.60 (Oct 18)
Riverbank (Shrewsbury) Salopian Shrop Gold 3.8% 3.60 (Aug 18)
Morgan’s (Shrewsbury) Salopian Oracle 4.0% 3.60 (Jul 18)
Squirrel (Ludlow) Marstons Pedigree 4.5% 3.60 (Nov 17)
Queens Head (Q Head) Stonehouse Off Rails 4.8% 3.60 (Sep 17)
Housmans (Ch Stretton) 3 Tuns XXX 4.3% 3.60 (Aug 17)
Blue Boar (Ludlow) 3 Tuns Clerics Cure 5.0% 3.60 (Apr 17)
Boathouse (Shrewsbury) Salopian Hop Twister 4.5% 3.65 (Jul 18)
Olive Tree (Shrewsbury) Stonehouse Cambrian 4.2% 3.70 (Nov 18)
Rose & Crown (Ludlow) Thornbridge Jaipur 5.9% 3.70 (Sep 17)
Bucks Head (C Stretton) Marstons Shp Intake 4.0% 3.70 (Aug 17)
Vaults (Bishop’s Castle) Rat White Rat 4.0% 3.70 (Jul 17)
Beaten Track (S’bury) Sharp’s Atlantic 4.2% 3.70 (Feb 17)
Three Tuns (Bish Castle) 3 Tuns Old Scrooge 6.5% 3.70 (Dec 16)
Cromwell’s (S’bury) Salopian High Frequency 5.2% 3.70 (Sep 18)
Lion Hotel (S’bury) Wye Valley Butty Bach 4.5% 3.80 (Sep 18)
Darwins Kitchen (S’bury) Salopian Darwins Origin 4.3% 3.80 (Aug 18)
Red Lion (Shrewsbury) Thornbridge Jaipur 5.9% 3.80 (Jul 17)
Green Dragon (Stretton) Sarah Hughes D R 6.0% 3.80 (Jun 17)
Loopy Shrew (S’bury) St Annes Lea Cross 4.5% 3.85 (Dec 17)
Lion & Pheasant (Sbury) Hobsons Twisted Spire 3.6% 3.90 (Jul 18)
White Lion (Whittington) Hook Norton Hooky 3.5% 3.90 (Mar 18)
Waterside (Moreton) Stonehouse Station 3.9% 4.00 (Dec 18)
Alb (Shrewsbury) Stones Alb Ale 3.7% 4.00 (Aug 18)
Henry Tudor (S’bury) Salopian Shrop Gold 3.8% 4.00 (May 18)
Armoury (Shrewsbury) Black Lodge Liberties 5.2% 4.10 (Sep 18)
Boathouse (Ellesmere) Stonehouse Station 3.9% 4.30 (Nov 17)
HH = Happy hour

Archive of prices at end of 2017

GBG 2019 and PoTY/CoTY/CPoTY 2018

CAMRA Good Beer Guide 2019 Entries

During January 2018 we will be selecting our Branch’s entries into the 2019 guide.  So far, members from this branch and across the country have tasted and scored the beers of our branch’s pubs via the National Beer Scoring System, and this has been analysed and used to select a shortlist of 43 pubs which keep their beer to a very high standard.  The five pubs with the highest beer scores have been selected automatically to be recommended for inclusion.  Now it is the turn of CAMRA members to select the 21 pubs which will join them.

You can cast your votes in person at the next Branch meeting, on 7 February at the Olde Bucks Head, The Mount, Shrewsbury (8pm), by posting them to Norrie Porter, 23 Cleveland Street, Shrewsbury SY2 5DN to arrive by 31 January 2018, or electronically (local CAMRA members will have already been notified of the link to use, if you have missed this or need clarification email press@saws.camra.org.uk with your name and CAMRA membership number). 

The voting process is simple and quick, and you can vote for as few or as many pubs as you wish, up to a maximum of 21 pubs.  If you vote for more, I’m afraid your votes will be invalid.  Electronic votes need to be cast by 31 January 2018.

 

Pub of the Year 2018

The shortlist for each of the three categories of Pub of The Year (Shrewsbury, Market Town and Rural), Cider Pub of The Year, and Club of The Year have now all been drawn up.  All Shrewsbury and West Shropshire CAMRA members who are not connected to one of the shortlisted pubs are eligible to take part in the judging, against a pre-agreed set of criteria.

The judging form and guidelines are available here: PoTY/CoTY Judging Criteria

If you would like to take part in the judging, email press@saws.camra.org.uk with your name and CAMRA membership number and you will be sent the shortlist of pubs.

You will need to have visited at least three of the shortlisted pubs/clubs, and returned the scores, by 31 January 2018, and if you are judging in the overall category you will need to visit at least two more pubs by 28 February.

Champion Beer of Britain (CBOB) 2017

The voting site can be accessed at: www.cbobvoting.org.uk

How the Champion Beer of Britain (CBOB) and Champion Winter Beer of Britain (CWBOB) competitions work

 All cask conditioned beers available for 3 months, during a calendar year, can be entered into the selection process that starts during September and October, when members can vote for their favourite beers in each of CAMRA’s style categories. Voting is by region, so all the nominated beers listed for members of this Branch will be from breweries located in the West Midlands CAMRA region (principally Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, West Midlands, Staffordshire & Warwickshire). These nominations are then ranked and the top selections go forward to the Area competitions, where Area category winners are selected and forwarded into the final CBOB and CWBOB competitions. This ensures that there is an even spread of beer styles from all regions of the UK.

 Our overwhelming preference is that these beers which go forward should be judged at regional beer festivals. This adds some objectivity and integrity to the process as the majority of the judges will be CAMRA trained, and the tastings are blind. All coordinators are urged to get as many beers judged at festivals as possible – preferably all of them, including the bottled beer category. This takes place over the year following the votes, (so for the current voting round it will be done from about March 2018 to February 2019). The winners go forward to the 3 national competitions – NWAF for the winter beers (CWBOB), GBBF for the rest of the beers and the BBC Good Food Show Winter, in November, for the bottled beers. So, at NWAF in Norwich next February, the beers being judged will be the regional winners from the voting from September/October 2016. This long timescale is frustrating, and can lead to issues with beer availability/continuity, but if we are to judge at festivals then there is no way round it for now.

 At the Great British Beer Festival (GBBF), the final CBOB category judging of the Area winners takes place, with 1 winning beer from the Golden Ale, Speciality Beer, Mild and Strong Bitter categories, coupled with 2 each from the Bitter and Best Bitter categories proceeding into the final round in order to judge the Supreme Champion, which is crowned the best beer in Britain. The reason for 2 beers each from the Bitter and Best Bitter categories is to accommodate for the proportionate share of the commercial beer market these beer styles command.

 Four beers that are fast tracked to the final round are the winners of each category of the Champion Winter Beer of Britain competition, held at the National Winter Ales Festival in January/February each year. As these beers were judged to be the Champion Beers of their style earlier in the year, they are entered automatically into the final round of CBOB. The CWBOB competition is similar in its structure to CBOB, as the final round of judging is made up of beers having reached this stage via the process of CAMRA local branch and tasting panel nominations, followed by Area competition success. The categories in this competition are Old Ale/Strong Mild, Porter, Stout and Barley Wine/Strong Old Ale. (The 2017 Shrewsbury Beer Festival hosted the judging of the West Midlands Stout of the Year category, the winner will be announced at the annual CAMRA WM awards event in December.)

 Please note there is a separate competition for the Champion Bottled Beer of Britain (Real Ale in Bottle). Like CBOB and CWBOB, the structure of the competition relies upon CAMRA local branch and tasting panel nominations, followed by the Area competitions, with the final held at the BBC Good Food Show in November.

What can breweries do to get their beer submitted for consideration?

 Aside from ensuring their beers are of a consistently excellent standard throughout the year, brewers can consult their respective CAMRA Brewery Liaison Officer (BLO) to gain clarification on whether their beer fits the criteria defined by the categories in CAMRA’s Beer Styles Guidelines. When a list of eligible beers has been established, it is the role of the BLO to supply this list for reference to the respective CAMRA Area Competition Organiser. If brewers have any questions whatsoever regarding their beer’s eligibility, they are asked to consult their BLO for clarification; if they are unable to help then brewers should contact their Area Competition Organiser, details of whom are available from CAMRA HQ.

 To help breweries ensure they have the maximum opportunity to progress in the competition there are several other things they need to know. Firstly beers are categorised according to their ABV, as it now is considered this is more reflective of style, and easier for most beer drinkers to understand. To be eligible for CBOB, a cask conditioned Bitter, Best Bitter, Strong Bitter or Golden Ale must be available for 7 or more months of the year, and a cask conditioned Mild or Speciality Beer must be available for 3 or more months of the year, or else the cask conditioned beer must be one of the beer styles associated with the Winter season (Old Ales, Strong Milds, Barley Wine, Strong Old Ale, Porter or Stout). The BIS has five categories for availability: 12 months of the year; 7-11 months; 3-6 months; 1-2 months; and On Demand.

Also excluded are beers with misleadingly promoted geographical origin or brands with non- cask versions misleadingly promoted using CAMRA awards

Good years for Shropshire breweries:

2017 Golden Ale
Gold Blue Monkey Infinity Nottingham
Silver Fyne Ales Jarl Argyll
Bronze Oakham Citra Peterborough
  Ludlow Gold Shropshire
2017 Strong Bitter
Gold Greytrees Afghan Pale Ale Wales
Silver Barngates Red Bull Terrier Cumbria
Bronze Salopian Automaton Shrewsbury
2016 Bitter Gold – Timothy Taylors, Boltmaker
Silver – Tiny Rebel, Hank
Joint Bronze – Hawkshead, Bitter & Salopian, Shropshire Gold
2016 Best Bitter Gold – Surrey Hills, Shere Drop
Silver – Salopian, Darwin’s Origin
Joint Bronze – Colchester, Colchester No.1 & Tiny Rebel, Cwtch
2015 Best Bitter Gold – Tiny Rebel, Cwtch
Silver – Highland, Scapa Special
Joint Bronze – Barngates, Tag Lag & Salopian, Darwin’s Origin
2015 Strong Bitter/Ale Gold – Dark Star, Revelation
Silver – Salopian, Golden Thread
Bronze – Grain, India Pale Ale
2014 Supreme Champion Gold – Timothy Taylors, Boltmaker
Silver – Oakham, Citra
Bronze – Salopian, Darwin’s Origin
2014 Best Bitter Gold – Salopian, Darwin’s Origin
Silver – Red Willow, Directionless
Joint Bronze – Purity, Mad Goose & Langton, Inclined Plain Bitter
2014 Golden Ale Gold – Oakham, Citra
Silver – Hawkshead, Cumbrian Five Hop
Bronze – Salopian, Hop Twister
2012 Bitter Gold- Purple Moose, Snowdonia Ale (from Porthmadog, Gwynedd)
Silver- Tintagel, Castle Gold (from Tintagel, Cornwall)
Joint Bronze- Flowerpots, Bitter (from Cheriton, Hampshire)
Joint Bronze- Fuller’s, Gale’s Seafarers Ale (from London, W4)
Joint Bronze- Salopian, Shropshire Gold (from Shrewsbury, Shropshire)
2012 Best Bitter Gold- Green Jack, Trawlerboys Best Bitter (from Lowestoft, Suffolk)
Silver, Salopian, Hop Twister (from Shrewsbury, Shropshire)
Joint Bronze- Oakwell, Senior Bitter (from Barnsley, South Yorkshire)
Joint Bronze- Milton, Pegasus (from Milton, Cambridgeshire)
2012 Golden Ale Gold- Dark Star, American Pale Ale (from Horsham, West Sussex)
Silver- Cumbrian Legendary Ales, Langdale (from Hawkshead, Cumbria)
Bronze- Hobsons, Town Crier (from Cleobury Mortimer, Shropshire)
2012 Mild Gold- Rudgate, Ruby Mild (from York, North Yorkshire)
Silver- Hobsons, Hobsons Mild (from Cleobury Mortimer, Shropshire)
Bronze- Son of Sid, Muckcart Mild (from Little Gransden, Bedfordshire)
2011 Supreme Champion Mighty Oak, Oscar Wilde (Gold)
Marble, Chocolate (Silver)
Salopian, Shropshire Gold (Bronze)
2011 Bitter Salopian, Shropshire Gold (Gold)
Teignworthy, Reel Ale (Silver)
Triple fff, Altons Pride & Potton, Shannon IPA (Joint Bronze)
2007 Supreme Champion Hobsons Mild (Gold)
Mighty Oak Maldon Gold (Silver)
Green Jack Ripper (Bronze)
2007 Mild Hobsons Mild (Gold)
Nottingham Rock Mild (Silver)
Brain’s Dark (Bronze)
2005 Strong Bitter/Ale Hanby Nutcracker (Gold)
Bullmastiff Son of a Bitch (Silver)
Fullers ESB (Bronze)
1999 Bottle-conditioned Beers Young’s Special London Ale (Gold)
Salopian entire Butt (Silver)
Hampshire Pride of Romsey (Bronze)
1999 Stout and Porter (CWBOB) Salopian Ironbridge Stout (Gold)
1997 Supreme Champion Mordue Workie Ticket (Gold)
Bateman’s Dark Mild (Silver)
Hobson’s Best Bitter (Bronze)
1997 Bitter Hobsons Best Bitter (Gold)
Ruddles Best Bitter (Silver)
Goddards Special & Hydes Bitter (Bronze)