The Beer of the Festival award was reintroduced at the 31st Durham Beer Festival in 2011. The winner and runner up were chosen by a ballot open to all attendees. The recent winners are:

Year Winner Runner-up Third
2019 Joint: Blueberry Classic (Coach House) Little House of the Rising Sun (Brinkburn Street)   Joint: Prince Bishop (Big Lamp) Monkey Wrench (Daleside)
2017 Tiramisu Porter (North Riding brewery of Scarborough) Citra (Oakham) Chocolate & Vanilla Stout (Titanic)
2016 Orkney Blast (Swannay) Joint:Test Brew (Castle Eden) Jakehead (Wylam) -
2015 1872 Porter (Elland) Plum Porter (Titanic) Lemon Dream (Salopian)
2014 Dart Frog (Mordue) Grainger Ale – from the wood (Hadrian Border) Columbus IPA (Durham)
2013 Thai Red (Hill Island) Old Hooky (Hook Norton) -
2012 Joint: Thai PA (Hill Island) Oscar Wilde Mild (Mighty Oak) Temptation (Durham Brewery) -
2011 Viennese Maltz (Durham Brewery) Jaipur IPA (Thornbridge) -