Cross Hills areaAle Trail of Cross Hills area

There‘s lots of variety in Keighley and Craven. How about an ale trail in the Cross Hills area? Its about 3 miles and 7 pubs if you do it all in one go. Click here to download a pdf for more information. Obviously we all need to stick within the law and apply guidance in the hope that our areas are not ramped up to stricter regulations.

Grassington HouseAle Trail of Grassington

CAMRA social events are currently suspended to ensure groups of members are not encouraged to gather in pubs, but comply with social distancing guidelines, in order to keep everyone safe. One event planned for a Saturday in the autumn was to visit pubs in Grassington using service buses. Although we will not be holding an event people may wish to support these pubs by going on such a trip. Click here for more information.

The CAMRA Good Beer Guide 2021 buy now

CAMRA Good Beer Guide 2021

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 2021 edition, will be launched on 26th October and will be 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.
Fred Baker is seen here enjoying his prize for August 2020.

Alesman Summer 2020

Due to the disruption caused by Covid-19 there was no printed edition of the Summer Alesman this year. In the mean time a mini-edition is available to download here. (small file, should be legible on most smart phones), and you can download the crossword as a separate large screen / printer friendly page.

Small Brewers Relief Changes

In July the UK Treasury announced changes to Small Brewers Relief (SBR) - the progressive tax system that has revolutionised UK brewing. These changes will reduce the 50% duty threshold from 5,000hl to 2,100hl: small breweries will have to pay more duty, whilst larger breweries could pay the same or less. Strangely this decison was announced ahead of the Alcohol Duty Review: call for evidence which was published 1 October 2020.

CAMRA is asking people to sign this petition on the parliament petitions website.

The Alcohol Duty Review aims to improve the current system to make it simpler, more economically rational and less administratively burdensome on businesses and HMRC. The call for evidence seeks views from respondents on how well the current system works (both for the individual duties and as a system as a whole), and also looks at:
• should the method of alcohol taxation be standardised?
• should the duty categories be changed or unified?
• should products be consistently distinguished by their strength?
• should distinctions be made based on the place of retail?
• should small producer reliefs be extended or standardised?
• could duties be uprated for inflation in a more consistent manner?
• should a single process for approvals, declarations and payments be introduced?
• could more be done to tackle avoidance and evasion of duty?

Animated graphic - advice from CAMRA on going back to the pubSTOP PRESS: Pubs re-opening from July 4th following Covid-19 Restrictions

From July 4th pubs in England have been allowed to re-open for business. Most have re-opened but some still remain closed for various reasons.

For a list of pubs that we are fairly sure have re-opened, or for which a re-opening date has been fixed, CLICK HERE. Keeping this information up-to-date is an on-going task and the list may be incomplete. Please inform us of any omissions or errors via the contact page on this website.

Please note many restrictions are still in force regarding physical distancing, and pubs have a very complex set of regulations and recommendations they must follow to be allowed to open. Pubs will be nothing like they were before lockdown. Please do visit them if you are able and give them some trade, they need it after three months with no or little income. Please be patient, be respectful to pub staff, and behave sensibly. Different pubs have interpreted the government‘s guidelines in different ways, so please pay attention to the “system” operating in whichever pub you are in. Above all, enjoy yourself and stay safe. Where pubs are open, we have attempted to provide as much information as we have available on each entry in the CAMRA National on-line database, WhatPub.

Pubs re-opening from July 4th - what are they like?

If you haven‘t been to the pub yet, because you are still a bit nervious about what to expect, former branch Pubs Officer and webmaster has written up his experiences of pubs in Settle, where he now lives, during the first week after re-opening. Read Richard‘s experiences here.

It‘s different, but so far, so good, both from the point of view of feeling safe, and having an enjoyable drink. Richard‘s advice: If you‘re worried, pick a pub you found safe and relaxing before Covid, choose a time you expect it will be fairly quiet, make a table reservation if that is the pub‘s current policy and be brave! Remember, licensees are just as worried about their own health and the well-being of their staff as they are about keeping you safe. They have worked hard to make visiting their pubs an enjoyable experience, while sticking as best they can to all the government guidelines and recommendations and they deserve your trade.

Pulling TogetherActivities During Covid-19 Restrictions

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

As a branch, we maintained a guide to pubs and breweries hosting regular alternative activties during the Covid-19 restrictions. Some of these activities have continued where pubs have re-opened, and some pubs, who are not ready to open yet, may be continuing activities they started in lockdown. Click here to see these pubs in our area on CAMRA‘s WhatPub website. NOTE: This list now shows BOTH pubs offering services and pubs that have re-opened. 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 camra.org.uk/pullingtogether for more information.

Brew2YouCAMRA also launched Brew2You. It is an app which offers on-line ordering to pubs and breweries providing home delivery. This 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.

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 continues attempts to manage the spread of COVID-19 it remains a quiet period for social gathering. It is 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.

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.

What‘s new

July 2020 - What are pubs like under current restrictions? - a personal view from Settle

July 2020 - Pubs re-opening July 2020 - a list of pubs we know have re-opened or are re-opening soon

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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