This year‘s Keighley Beer Festival will, for the first time, offer customers the opportunity to learn more about the ciders they are drinking. A tutored tasting of a range of ciders and perries will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, led by Laurie from the Real Cider Company. Tickets for the tasting will be on sale at the festival, price £2. The number of places is limited, if you want to reserve tickets in advance of the festival, contact the branch publicity officer, via the Keighley and Craven CAMRA web-site contact page.
Planning is well underway for the 26th Keighley Beer Festival which takes place on 25th to 27th September 2014. Back again at Central Hall, Alice Street, Keighley BD21 3JD (see map), the festival will feature at least 50 real ales, a dozen or so ciders and perries and a selection of beers from abroad. As usual good value, healthy food options will be available from the hall‘s own “Café Central” and there will be a tombola and small CAMRA products stall. No advance tickets are required, just turn up and enjoy yourselves. Make a date in your diaries now! More details on the other pages of this site.
On the last weekend of September 2013, members of Keighley and Craven Campaign for Real Ale welcomed both regular and new real ale drinkers to the 25th Keighley Beer Festival. Over 1200 customers, some from as far away as Cornwall, Germany, Denmark and New York, sampled the delights of over 70 real ales and 10 ciders and perries at Keighley‘s Central Hall on Alice Street. Although busy, with 80 more through the door than last year, the festival did not sell out, and latecomers on Saturday were able to enjoy around a third of the beers originally on offer. 33 new members joined CAMRA, 22 of whom live in the Keighley and Craven area. We hope to see one or two of them at our regular events in the coming year.
The Beer of the Festival winner (as voted by the customers) was ‘Plum Porter’ from the Titanic Brewery in Staffordshire, last year‘s runner-up. Keighley‘s own Goose Eye brewery took the second prize with Over and Stout and another dark beer, Roman Black from the George Wright Brewery in Merseyside came third. Moles Black Rat cider won the Cider/Perry of the Festival.
The festival also hosted the Yorkshire and the North East regional heat in the ‘Old Ales/Strong Milds’ category of Champion Beer of Britain 2014. This is decided by a panel of 6 judges in a blind tasting. Leeds Midnight Bell came out top and will go on to the national competition next year.
About £180 was donated by customers in unused beer tokens to the mayor‘s charities and a further £80 to the Cafe Hope staff‘s appeal - grateful thanks to our customers for their generosity.