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October 2014 - Graham Cundall‘s Scarce Beer Blog

October 2014 - Keighley Beer Festival 2014 write-up

19th September 2014 - Say “NO” to Tesco in Haworth

September 2014 - A Place in the Country: Improved Pub Award to the Tarn House, near Skipton.

September 2014 - CAMRA‘s Good Beer Guide 2015 launched

Septmber 2014 - More LocAle spotlights from Alesman....

August 2014 - Locally brewed beer wins CAMRA's Champion Beer of Britain....

July 2014 - Pub of the Season Summer 2014 awarded

July 2014 - Finding a pub on/near the Tour de France 2014 Grand Départ route - gazeteer updated

June 2014 - Skipton Beer Festival keeps the punters happy again

May 2014 - New leaflet published to pubs in Keighley and the Worth Valley

May 2014 - New Micropub opens in Skipton

February 2014 - Pub of the Year 2014 joint winners

January 2014 - New licensees re-vitalise closed pubs

October 2013 - CAMRA launches “WhatPub”, the on-line pub guide to beat all others

May 2013 - Rare and threatened beer styles...

May 2013 - ... and where to drink them

March 2013 - Settle and Giggleswick, the branch‘ latest real ale destination...


The CAMRA Good Beer Guide 2015 front coverCAMRA Good Beer Guide 2015 launched

September 11th saw the launch of the latest edition of the CAMRA Good Beer Guide, the premier guide to pubs selling real ale in the UK. Listing 4500 pubs, both urban and rural the Good Beer Guide is revised and updated each year by CAMRA volunteers up and down the country. The Guide also has a comprehensive list of UK breweries. Local CAMRA members help select the 22 pubs which feature in the Keighley and Craven area. Click the image (left) to buy...

Keighley Beer Festival....

Keighley Beer Festival took place over the weekend 25th to 27th September at Central Hall on Alice Street in the heart of town. Customers enjoyed the opportunity to try around 60 real ales and about a dozen traditional ciders and perries. A selection of foreign bottled beers was also on offer, including some rare offerings from across the Atlantic. There was a pleasant atmosphere throughout, with plenty of choice still available at close of play on Saturday evening. Beer of the Festival as voted by the customers was Peasholm Pale from the North Riding Brewery in Scarborough, with Bad Kitty from Brass Castle in Malton (which won Beer of the Festival at Skipton earlier in the year) coming second. Customers also chose The Hogfather, produced by Orchard Pig in Somerset as Cider of the Festival.

Keighley and Ilkley MP and Pubs Minister, Kris Hopkins visits Keighley Beer FestivalKeighley and Ilkley MP and Community Pubs Minister, Kris Hopkins popped into the festival before it opened. Kris had been invited to be a member of the panel judging the Yorkshire and the North East entry in the bitter category for CAMRA‘s Champion Beer of Britain 2015, which was hosted by the beer festival, but due to the recall of parliament was unable to participate. The panel went onto select Timothy Taylor Boltmaker as the winner, with another local beer, Goose Eye Bitter selected as runner-up. Boltmaker, which won the national competition this year has thus won its place in next year‘s final, to be held in Olympia inAugust.

If you came to the festival, thank you for your support and we hope you enjoyed yourselves. If you didn‘t, you can see what you missed on the Keighley Beer Festival 2014 web-site, where the beer and cider lists can still be viewed. Also, check out the write-up in The Keighley News

Say “NO” to Tesco in Haworth

In mid September the Keighley News revealed plans by supermarked chain, Tesco, to turn the Royal Oak in Mill Hey, Haworth into a convenience store. A loophole in current planning legislation would allow them to do this without requiring planning permission, although permission was being sought for a cash machine in the wall. More recently, the Keighley News has reported that Tesco plans to make some structural alterations to the building and that nearly 100 objections have been raised against the development. Members of Keighley and Craven CAMRA are sure it could still be a viable pub business in the right hands. Consequently, as a branch we are opposed to the conversion. At a national level, CAMRA has identified such activity by supermarkets as a major threat to pubs. In the last year alone, dozens of pubs across the country have been closed and converted to stores using this loophole, some of them thriving pub businesses prior to their acquisition by one of the supermarkets and many of them potentially viable. Pubs matter! Check out CAMRA‘s Pubs Matter Campaign for more information on this national campaign.

Boltmaker wins Champion Beer of Britain 2014 at the Great British Beer Festival

Congratulations are due to Timothy Taylor, Keighley‘s longest established brewery, on Boltmaker being awarded Champion Beer of Britain 2014. The 4% bitter (formerly known as Best Bitter) joins the brewery‘s other regularly brewed beers, Golden Best and Landlord, as holder of this prize. Click here for more details and the full results.

Hayley and Ashley Crampton show off their Pub of the Season plaquePub of the Season Summer 2014

Our latest Pub of the Season. award goes to a popular Dales inn. The Clarendon at Hebden, just East of Grassington, offers home-cooked food, up to 5 cask beers and guest accommodation. The award was presented to Hayley and Ashley Crampton on Tuesday 15th July 2014.

Pubs on the Tour de France Grand Départ 2014 in Keighley and Craven

Earlier this summer the Grand Départ of the Tour de France came to Yorkshire. The route passed through Keighley and Craven on both days (5th and 6th July) and provided a great opportunity for fans to not only see our beautiful countryside but to visit some of our excellent pubs. There are over 40 pubs on our section of the route and a further 50 or more within three miles of it. If, like our webmaster, you hope to ride the route having enjoyed the spectacle on the day, but intend to spin it out over several days, check out our gazetteer of where to find a beer and possibly a bed.

Skipton Beer Festival succeeds at new venueRelocated Skipton Beer Festival again a success

The final weekend in May brought beer and cider lovers from far and wide to the 8th Skipton Beer Festival. Relocated at the last minute (because of structural problems at the town hall) to the Rendezvous Hotel, Snaygill, a mile out of town, with transport to and from the venue provided by a vintage bus, the festival was pleasantly busy and moderately successful. Full details and the beer list can be viewed on the Skipton Beer Festival web-site. Our thanks go to Rendezvous for offering us a venue at such short notice, and also to our main sponsor, Copper Dragon Brewery, for sticking with us when it all initially went wrong.

New micropub opens in Skipton

The Beer Engine on Albert Street opened its doors to the public on 8th May 2014. Just around the corner from the Narrow Boat, the Beer Engine has 5 handpumps serving an ever-changing range of beers with the initial selection all being from Yorkshire and Lancashire. Further information will be put onto WhatPub as we get it.

Francis and Lisa (right) and branch chair Colleen (centre) toast the success of the Kings Arms, Silsden at the joint Pub of the Year presentation on a sunny day in May 2014Two good to choose between - Pub of the Year 2014 has joint winners!

Following two rounds of surveys, the winner of the Keighley and Craven Pub of the Year 2014 is... Members of Keighley and Craven CAMRA found it so hard to differentiate between the top two pubs, that it has been decided to have joint winners. Well done to Francis Huggins and Lisa Keeley of The Kings Arms on Bolton Road in Silsden (left) and Barry Smith and Carol Taylor-Smith of The Brown Cow on Cross Leeds Street in Keighley (below)! The award was presented to both pubs on Saturday May 17th, the Kings Arms in the afternoon and the Brown Cow in early evening. The Brown Cow was also presented with a special award for 10 consecutive years in CAMRA‘s Good Beer Guide.

Branch chair Colleen (centre) presents the joint Pub of the Year plaque and a 10 years in CAMRA‘s Good Beer Guide special award to Carol (right) and Barry at the Brown Cow on Saturday 17th May 2014Keighley Ale Trail leaflet published

In Spring 2014, City of Bradford Metropolitan Council, with a little help from Keighley and Craven CAMRA, published a selective colour guide to pubs in Keighley and the Worth Valley. Featuring photos and descriptions, the guide can be obtained from tourist offices or downloaded from our publications page..

Not unrelated, Wharfedale brewery have launched their own ale trail, the Alesway. Featuring 15 pubs, 13 of which are in the Keighley and Craven area, the trail is a colour leaflet (download from the web-site or pick up in the pub). Visit 10 of the pubs for a free t-shirt. More details here.

New licensees re-vitalise closed pubs

Back in the Autumn things did not look good for several pubs in the Keighley and Craven area. Now, thanks to new licensees and, in some cases, new owners, five pubs which were closed at some stage last year have re-opened (or are about to re-open). Find out more and pay them a visit...

WhatPub beer matWhatPub, CAMRA‘s on-line pub guide is launched.

Towards the end of September CAMRA‘s new on-line pub guide, WhatPub.com, went public. Billed as the definitive on-line guide to real ale pubs in the UK, it features 47,000 pubs, around 36,000 of which serve real ale. In the Keighley and Craven area, around 160 real ale pubs are listed, which members of the branch make every effort to keep up-to-date. Most show opening hours, descriptions and beer lists and some have photographs. Some clubs and restaurants selling real ale are also listed.

The release is the culmination of a two year project by thousands of CAMRA volunteers nationally, who have gone out to gather and collate the required information. As well as having a full web-browser interface, WhatPub is also optimised for tablets and mobile phones to allow you to find the nearest decent pub when on the move. As well as basic details, most entries show additional features and facilities such as whether food is available, whether families or dogs are welcome etc. A map showing the pub‘s location is shown along with directions where necessary and a list of pubs nearby. If you want to keep up with what‘s happening at a particular pub, links to the pub‘s own web-site and social media pages are also listed, where relevant.

Next time you‘re away from home and want to find somewhere for a drink, or if you want to just confirm what time somewhere near you opens or serves food, WhatPub should be your first port of call.

List your Local

The UK is losing 26 pubs every week. Many of these are still viable businesses but property developers can make a fast profit by turning them into offices, housing, supermarkets, fast food outlets, betting shops etc…and many of these can be done without planning permission, leaving local communities powerless to stop them. Listing a pub as an Asset of Community Value with the local council can make a difference in preventing a pub from closing. If your local pub is threatened, find out more about how to do this.

Settle and Giggleswick - a Real Ale destination

The twin Yorkshire Dales settlements of Settle and Giggleswick not only boast 8 establishments selling real ale on hand-pump, they now also have two breweries, making them an ideal destination for real ale enthusiasts. Add in a scenic railway line and some spectacular walking and you have the makings of a great day out or weekend away. To help you enjoy this exciting destination we have put together a leaflet guide to the pubs. Settle and Giggleswick straddle the river Ribble and are well-served by the Leeds-Settle-Carlisle railway and the Leeds-Lancaster line, times available from the National Rail web-site. Click here to download a copy of the leaflet. Leaflets to other parts of the branch area are also available by clicking here.

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