Last weekend, 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.
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The 25th Keighley Beer Festival takes place on the 26th to 28th September 2013 at Central Hall, Alice Street, Keighley, the venue we moved to last year (Click the map on the right for a printable map (pdf format) or here for a Google map.) The festival will retain all the old favourites - a stunning selection of cask beers, a good range of ciders, the tombola - and will also see the re-introduction of the foreign beer bar. Open from 3 p.m. on the Thursday, admission is a bargain at £2.50. CAMRA members get in free on production of a valid membership card at all times. To encourage young people to try the delights of real ale and traditional cider, on Thursday only, 18-21 year-olds will also get free admission with proof of age.
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The souvenir t-shirts (sponsored by Ilkley Brewery) have arrived and mighty fine they look. These will be available to buy at the Membership / Products stand for £6 to CAMRA members or £7 to non-members. They are black with a shiny silver festival logo on the front and Ilkley Brewery‘s logo on the back, as modelled here by Andy Moore and Dave Sanders from the organising committee. Available in a range of sizes, including lady‘s fit, while stocks last. Buy early to avoid disappointment - available in advance of the festival by special arrangement.
More and more young people are discovering the wonderful flavours of Real Ale. For anyone who has not tried it before, choosing between the huge range of flavours and styles can be daunting. But at a CAMRA beer festival, our knowledgeable bar staff are more than happy to help customers find beers that are to their taste. So if you are aged 18-21, come along on Thursday evening and get free admission (proof of age required). You will need to pay a deposit on a glass and buy some beer tokens, but your glass and unused tokens are refundable when you leave. So in the unlikely event that you donít find anything you like, you won‘t have lost out. Come and give it a try!
Organising a works trip to the beer festival? Coming as a club outing? Arriving as a large group of friends? If you pre-book and let us know the size of your group (must be 10 or more) and when you are arriving and we will waive the admission charge. Click here or more information.. (Opens a new page on the Keighley and Craven branch web-site.)
Keighley Beer Festival 2013 is proud to have been chosen once again to host one of the CAMRA Champion Beer of Britain regional tasting panels. In previous years we have judged the champion beer for Yorkshire and the North East for various beer styles (bitter, stout, porter, mild amongst others). In 2013 we have been selected to host the competition for the Old Ales/Strong Milds category. A tasting panel of five or six judges will sample a selection of beers in this style nominated by CAMRA branches across Yorkshire and North East in a blind judging to pick the winner of the regional award. Expect a good selection of beers of this type on the beer list - we need to order some extras just to keep the judges guessing!
The dates and venue for Keighley Beer Festival 2013 have now been confirmed. Following positive feedback from last year‘s customers, the festival will stay at Central Hall, Alice Street, Keighley, our venue in 2012, but returns to its original dates, the 26th to 28th September i.e. the last weekend in September.
The festival, the 25th CAMRA beer festival in Keighley, will feature up to 70 real ales, along with a selection of real ciders and perries made the tradtional way. This year will see the re-introduction of foreign bottled beers, dropped last year because of space limitations, providing more choice for friends less keen on British beer. And not forgetting the ever popular tombola......
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