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Champion Beer of Nottinghamshire

Champion Beer of Nottinghamshire (CBoN)

In 2013 Nottingham CAMRA was approached by Yvette Storey, landlady at the Canalhouse, Nottingham with the proposal to run a beer festival at the pub consisting of only locally Nottinghamshire produced beers and ales.

Thus was born the Champion Beer of Nottinghamshire (CBoN). The first Champion Beer of Nottinghamshire festival took place from Thursday the 7th of February 2023 til Saturday the 9th of February 2013.

Brewers were invited to submit two beers, which were part of their regular range of beers, into the competition in one of the following five categories;


OG: less than 1040
Typical ABV: less than 4%
Final Gravity: 1006 – 1010

Best Bitters

OG: 1040 up to no more than 1046
Typical ABV: 4.0-4.6%
Final Gravity: 1006 – 2012

Strong Bitters

OG: 1046 or more
Typical ABV: 4.6% or more
Final Gravity: 1008 – 1015

Golden Ales

OG: no specific limits
Typical ABV: no specific limiits
Final Gravity: 1006 – 1020


OG: 1040 or more
Typical ABV:

Judges, including representatives from the Nottinghamshire CAMRA branches and local celebrities, judged the beers during a bling tasting session, with the two top scoring beers advancing to the final.

The event continued to take place at the Canalhouse until it moved to be part of the Hucknall Beer & Cider Festival in 2019.

Winners of CBoN also received the Spyke Golding Shield and were entitled to advertise their beer using the CAMRA logo.

Past Winners of CBoN:

  • 2013 – Blue Monkey – Ape Ale
  • 2014 – Lincoln Green – Tuck
  • 2015 – Blue Monkey – Ape Ale
  • 2016 – Blue Monkey – Infinity
  • 2017 – Blue Monkey – Guerilla Chocolate Amaretto
  • 2018 – Lincoln Green – Black Ripper
  • 2019 – Shipstones – Hollow Stone Krubera Stout
  • 2020 – Lenton Lane – 200 Not Out

2020 Winner - 200 Not Out: A Strong, Golden, Hoppy Beer

Brewed originally to celebrate Lenton Lane’s 200th Gyle. Now, so loved, they have to keep brewing it again! A deceptively smooth and fruity number. It’s a beauty! Voted Champion Beer of Nottinghamshire.

Adam Morse – Lenton Lane Sales Manager, Richard Hough – Lenton Lane Head Brewer, Jack Winter – Lenton Lane Brewer