Beer Tastings

Our very own beer experts will be running beer tastings during the festival to help you learn more about the craft which goes into making Britain’s best beers. Please ask at the festival for ticket availability.

CAMRA's New Beer Styles with Christine Cryne

Tuesday 4 February, 6pm
£9 CAMRA members, £11 non-members

CAMRA is only too aware that beer styles in the UK aren’t static. You only have to look at the growth of American Pale Ales, Golden Ales and foreign beer styles such as Sours to be aware of what a great time it is to be a beer drinker. To reflect these changes, but also to continue to campaign for endangered traditional beers, CAMRA has reviewed the styles and categories they will be using for judging the prestigious Champion Beer of Britain from next year. 

This session will help you to understand the new styles so that you can decide which style category a beer should be put in.

We will cover:

Why we have beer styles
The new beer styles and the reason for the changes
Taste 5 beers and allocate them to the new styles

Milds with Roger Protz

Tuesday 4 February, 8pm
£12 CAMRA members, £14 non-members

Mild Ale was the most popular beer style of the 19th and early 20th centuries, It had a major following in the West Midlands with such breweries as Ansells, Banks’s, Mitchells & Butlers, Highgate, Bathams and Holdens brewing more mild than bitter. Mild was overtaken after World War Two by bitter and pale ale but many brewers still produce it. The tasting by Roger Protz will include some fine examples of the style by brewers from the region.

IPAs with Roger Protz

Wednesday 5 February, 1pm
£12 CAMRA members, £14 non-members

IPA was the revolutionary beer style of the 19th century and it turned the small Midlands town of Burton-on-Trent into the world’s leading brewing town. IPA was first brewed for the British in India but, with its lower strength version, Pale Ale, it went on to become a popular domestic style as well. IPA went into decline in the 20th century when heavy taxes on beer penalised strong ales such as IPA. But it has been rediscovered by artisan brewers in both the United States and Britain and is once again enormously popular. The tasting by Roger Protz will include some fine examples of both British and American-style modern IPAs.

Beer Judging Training - New Beer Styles with Christine Cryne

**Please note this session is 4.5 hours long**
Wednesday 5 February, 3pm 
£35, no discount for CAMRA members

A great opportunity to judge some of the beers shortlisted for CAMRA’s Winter Champion Beer of Britain but using CAMRA’s new beer styles.
This training is aimed at people who are involved currently with judging or organising CAMRA’s Champion Beer of Britain (or other judging) as well as people who simply want to see how it is done! This session covers how we judge and what impacts on judging, some of the more usual off flavours, CAMRA’s new beer styles and three round of judging.

Christine Cryne

Christine loves educating people about beer, whether through tutored beer tastings or training, which covers both enthusiasts and the trade.

She is a Master Trainer and an accredited European Beer Consumers Union beer judge. Christine regularly judges at events and competitions such as for Wetherspoons and SIBA as well as chairing judging panels at CAMRA’s Champion Beer of Britain Awards and the International Beer Challenge. She has also judged for the Free From Awards and judged for the Beer Marketing Awards.

Christine has served as a CAMRA Director and was the first woman to organise CAMRA’s Great British Beer Festival. Christine regularly writes on beer and breweries and is a member of the British Guild of Beer Writers.

Roger Protz

Roger Protz is a leading beer writer with an international following. As well as regular appearances at the Great British Beer Festival, regional festivals and the BBC Food Show, he has given talks and tastings as the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC and Beer Expo in Melbourne, Australia.

He has written more than 20 books on beer, including the best-selling 300 Beers To Try Before You Die. He has been given Lifetime Achievement Awards by the British Guild of Beer Writers and the Society of Independent Brewers and has twice been named Glenfiddich Drink Writer of the Year. He writes for What’s Brewing and BEER magazine and his website is

19-21 March 2021


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