Alesman Summer 2020

Due to the disruption caused by Covid-19 there will not be a printed edition of the Summer Alesman this year.  We hope to issue a printed Autumn Alesman as usual. In the mean time there is a mini-edition available to download here. (small file, should be legible on most smart phones).

Pulling TogetherActivities During Covid-19 Restrictions

Throughout the Covid-19 lockdown, the campaign has created numerous and innovative ways to support the beer trade, this of course in anticipation of the eventual re-opening of the pubs and clubs we miss so much.

We are maintaining a guide to pubs and breweries hosting regular alternative activties during the Covid-19 restrictions. Click here to see these pubs in our area on CAMRA‘s WhatPub website. Please let us know of additions or alterations via our contact page.  CAMRA, with SIBA and Crowdfunder, launched Pulling Together to support pubs, breweries and cider makers through the Covid-19 crisis. See for more information.

Brew2YouCAMRA has also launched Brew2You. It is an app which offers on-line ordering to pubs and breweries providing home delivery. This very new app can be downloaded from the Brew2You website. Our national team decided it was important to help pubs and breweries as soon as possible rather than wait until more sellers (or cellars?) have joined.

Pub-going will very likely be rather different than in the past so to help the branch committee understand what our members would like to see on the Keighley & Craven events calendar, we put together a short survey.  If you are a local member you can see the results in the members’ area of this website.

Stephen Wagstaff - Rest in Peace

Stephen Wagstaff - better known as Waggy - passed away on 5th May after a battle with throat cancer. This montage put together by Sam Weller shows Waggy‘s character and love of music. He displayed his love as real ale by being an active CAMRA member. As our branch chairman Colleen Holiday says he is never to leave our memories.

Alesman 136 Spring 2020

The national closure of pubs has paused the distribution of our Alesman magazine in its tracks. We have therefore made the Spring 2020 edition available to download here. (8.1MB, and best seen on a PC because the layout does not fit a mobile phone screen). Obviously many event dates mentioned are up in the air at the moment. Crossword entries can be e-mailed to the address shown next to the crossword.

With thanks to our advertisers: Bingley Brewery (Wilsden), Boltmakers Arms (Keighley), Brown Cow (Keighley), RLBS (Keighley), Flappit (A629 near Cullingworth), Goose Eye Brewery (Crossflatts), Timothy Taylor Brewery (Keighley), Wuthering Heights (Stanbury), Bar 13 (Settle), Fleece Inn (Haworth), Talbot Arms (Settle), Boars Head (Long Preston), Counting House (Silsden), Fox & Goose (Hebden Bridge), Helwith Bridge Inn (Ribblesdale).

Our upcoming branch events:

As government attempts to manage the spread of COVID-19 it is a quiet period for social gathering. It is going to be a difficult time for many of us including our friends who are pub licencees and staff. Keep safe everyone and don‘t put unnecessary strain on the NHS.

See our events page for information on upcoming events though they are subject to postponement or cancellation.

Diary Planning for 2020


Branch social events are a good way of getting to pubs you wouldn‘t otherwise get to and for meeting other CAMRA members, so hope to see you at some of our events this year.

This year our Social Secretary has prepared a calendar to plan dates of events. Click on the picture of the calendar to download it as a pdf file.

Once the date and destinaton of an event has been confirmed it will be published and updated in the events page of this website. Printed lists of events are displayed in the Brown Cow and the Cricketers in Keighley, Gallagher‘s in Cross Hills, and the Beer Engine and the Boat House in Skipton.

For a more detailed article about the diary of events for the year click here

The Narrow Boat, Skipton -
10 and 20 years Celebration

The Narrow Boat in Skipton came into being in 1999 and this year completes 10 consecutive years in the Good Beer Guide.

Branch members, customers, pub management and staff past and present came to celebrate at the end of November. Pictured left to right are recent managers Tim and Adam watching current manager Dani receive the award for 10 consecutive years in the Good Beer Guide from branch from chairman Colleen.

To complete the evening the pub laid on a rather generous buffet and Okells beer for free too.

The CAMRA Good Beer Guide 2020 buy now

CAMRA Good Beer Guide 2020

The CAMRA Good Beer Guide is 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.

The 2020 edition is available from good bookshops, or click the image to buy online...

Other CAMRA books worth checking out are CAMRA‘s Wild Pub Walks (published May 2017), which features a walk in our area, and CAMRA‘s Yorkshire Pub Walks (published March 2016), which includes several walks in the Bradford/Keighley/Yorkshire Dales area.

Attention, Branch Members!

Record National Beer Scoring System Scores for Pubs in the branch area and potentially win prizes. For more information, click here.. If you know what you‘re doing, go straight to enter cards. A “Top of the Pops” list of high-scoring pubs can be viewed in the Members‘ area NBSS section.

Gallagher‘s Pub of the Season

In July members of the Keighley and Craven CAMRA met in Gallagher‘s Ale House to present the pub with the branch Pub of the Season award. Read the full article here

What‘s new

December 2019 - About Events 2020 - A description of the planned dates for socials, meetings and other events for the year ahead

November 2019 - Narrow Boat completes 10 consecutive years in the Good Beer Guide and 20 years as a pub

October 2019 - Gallagher‘s, Cross Hills - Summer Pub of the Season (based on an article in Alesman

August 2019 - CAMRA‘s Good Beer Guide 2020 launch

August 2019 - More LocAle Spotlights from Alesman: Autumn 2019

February 2019 - More LocAle Spotlights from Alesman: Spring 2019

February 2019 - Pub of the Season award for one of the branch‘s highest establishments

February 2019 - Alesman advertising rates from Spring 2019

December 2018 - More LocAle Spotlights from Alesman: Winter 2018

July 2018 - Settle down for a drink - a quick tour of Settle‘s pubs (based on article from Skipton Beer Festival programme)

National Beer Scoring Bonus Pubs for the current month

To view the pubs that have been selected for bonus points for this and next month, click here

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