Keighley Beer Festival is open. On Thursday evening, over 200 customers braved the drizzle to come and sample some of the 60 cask beers, 10 ciders and the good selection of foreign (and in some cases, very rare) bottled beers. There was a pleasant, relaxed buzz in the hall. Meanwhile upstairs, of panel of judges was selecting the top beer in the 'Bitter' category from Yorkshire and the North East in a blind tasting. The winner, chosen from 8 beers put forward by CAMRA members and CAMRA tasting panels in the region, was.... Timothy Taylor Boltmaker, the beer that only 6 weeks was crowned CAMRA‘s Champion Beer of Britain. At the time of writing (3 p.m. on Friday), all the beers that are ready are still available, so hurry along to Central Hall on Alice Street. The festival is open until 11 p.m. today and from 11 to 11 tomorrow.
Thursday lunch-time and only a few hours to go before the festival opens! All the beers (UK and foreign) and the ciders and perries have arrived and are stillaged and waiting to be served. There are one or two changes to the published beer list, but that only adds to the excitement. Doors open at 3 o'clock this afternoon and the festival is open all day Friday and Saturday from 11. Why not come along to Central Hall, Alice Street sometime over the weekend and enjoy some interesting ales and ciders in the pleasant convivial atmosphere the venue provides. Handy for the bus and railways stations... What are you waiting for?
The organising team have got their hands on some bottles of American beer that were left over from the Great British Beer Festival 2014. Amongst these are beers from breweries that are rarely seen in the UK: North Coast (California); Boulder (Colorado); New Belgium (Colorado); No-Li (Washington); Elysian (Washington). These beers will sell quickly - if you don‘t want to miss them, come along early! The full list of foreign beers available can be viewed and printed by clicking here.
The provisional beer list for this year's festival is now available. It is not final, there are still some beers to be confirmed and there may yet be some changes. The beer list is available as a PDF file, which can be downloaded and printed off as required. Click here to view.....
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.