Fuller’s 1845 named Britain’s best bottled ale


Fuller’s 1845 has been crowned Britain’s best bottled beer for 2018 in CAMRA’s Champion Bottled Beer of Britain Competition, which was judged at the Good Food Show on 29 November. 

CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, is a not-for-profit consumer group with over 191,000 members that has been operating since 1971. CAMRA’s prestigious annual award, the Champion Bottled Beer of Britain, has been running for 27 years and recognises the best bottle-conditioned real ale in the country.

Fuller's 1845 ale is crowned best bottled ale in Britain for 2018

Britain’s best bottled ale

Fuller’s 1845, our 6.3% ABV strong ale, was described by judges as rich and fruity, matured to perfection and easy drinking – which earned its title of Britain’s best bottled beer

The bottle-conditioned ale, which is brewed with amber malt and is matured for 100 days before release, has received several awards since launching in 1995, including winning the same awards in 1998. It was also awarded Silver in 2008 and Bronze in 1997.

Fuller’s Head Brewer, Georgina Young, said: “This beer was the brainchild of our former Head Brewer, the great Reg Drury, to celebrate 150 years of brewing at Fuller’s – so I’m delighted that it is still as popular as ever 23 years later. It was also the beer that caused amber malt to be reintroduced to British brewing – a malt that is now widely used in a large number of beers.

“Winning the Champion Bottled Beer of Britain award is a real honour – I think we will be celebrating at Chiswick by drinking a few bottles.” 

Fuller's 1845 named best bottled ale in Britain for 2018

An award-winning beer 

The judging and announcement was held at the BBC Good Food Show at the Birmingham NEC, following a series of local member voting rounds and regional judging competitions throughout the year. 

Runners up in the best bottled ale competition included Temptation Imperial by Durham Brewery, which took home Silver, and Big Job by St Austell, which won Bronze.

Gillian Hough of CAMRA’s National Executive, who made the announcement, said: “The Champion Bottled Beer of Britain competition is a national celebration of bottle-conditioned real ale, and is the culmination of hard work by local brewery teams from across the country, and CAMRA members who select and judge the beers regionally.

“Congratulations to Fuller’s, Durham Brewery, St Austell and all of our finalists, who have made it such a brilliant competition.”


“Winning the Champion Bottled Beer of Britain award is a real honour – I think we will be celebrating at Chiswick by drinking a few bottles.” - Head Brewer Georgina Young.

How to best enjoy 1845 

Best poured slowly, 1845 delivers a sweet, fruit cake aroma, a dark tawny colour and a dry finish that sings of spices and raisin. Those fruity characteristics harmonise perfectly with the biscuit malts amid a clever and complex range of subtle flavours – the depth of which you could only find in a live beer fermented in the bottle.

Where to buy Fuller's 1845 

To try Fuller’s award-winning ale 1845, visit your nearest Fuller’s pub or buy Fuller's 1845 ale online.  

To find out more about this champion ale, click here: Fuller’s 1845