Next local branch event

The next event is a trip to Newcastle-upon-Tyne via train, meet at the Newcastle Tap at 12 noon. Please book your own train tickets to Newcastle for this event.

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. NEW starting March 2018: Each month there will be bonus points for a carefully selected list of pubs. View this month‘s list (at the foot of ‘Whats New’ section). A “Top of the Pops” list of high-scoring pubs can be viewed in the Members‘ area NBSS section.

Skipton Beer Festival 2018 Sherlock Sheep logo.Skipton Beer Festival 2018 text.Another year, another beer festival!

Planning is well advanced for the next Skipton Beer Festival, scheduled for the weekend of 12th to 14th April. The festival will once again take place in Ermysted‘s Grammar School Refectory, off Gargrave Road and less than 10 minutes walk from Skipton town centre. Skipton Beer Festival 2018 (our 12th in the town) opens at 3 pm on the Thursday and runs through to 10 pm on the Saturday evening and will feature over 70 real ales plus real ciders and perries and bottled foreign beers. For more information, go to the Skipton Beer Festival website.

John and Annie show off their Pub of the Season plaque, Counting House, Silsden.Winter Pub of the Year and other celebrations

Our Winter Pub of the Season was agreed at our December branch meeting and is: the Counting House, Silsden. Located in a former bank, the Counting House only opened in March 2016. Four cask beers are usually available, often featuring a dark beer. A presentation of this award took place to John and Annie (photo right) on Wednesday 31st January. More information.....

Also in Silsden, on 18th November, branch members were proud to present a plaque to Lisa, Francis and the staff at the Kings Arms, to celebrate their tenth consecutive appearance in CAMRA‘s Good Beer Guide. Well done! Picture above right: Colleen (right) presents the plaque to Francis and Lisa.

The CAMRA Good Beer Guide 2018 front coverCAMRA Good Beer Guide 2018 launched

September 14th 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...

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.

Settle Brewery celebrate top spots in Regional beer competition

Congratulations to Ian Simpkiss and the team at Settle Brewery, who walked away with two gold medals in the SIBA (Society of Independent Brewers) North East regional beer competition in August. Settle Mainline came top in the Cask Standard Bitters and Pale Ale class, while Settle Nine Standards No. 3 Porter scooped the gold in the Cask Porters, Stouts, Old Ales, Strong Milds & Strong Brown Ales category. The No. 3 Porter went on to win Bronze in the overall competition, which was held in York Barbican on 18th August. View the full results. Mainline can be found in several pubs in the branch area, particularly in and around Settle and No. 3 Porter is often available on the “dark pump” at the Talbot in Settle.

New canalside pub wins Summer award

On 25th July 2017, branch members turned out in force to present the Boat House in Skipton with our summer “Pub of the Season” award. The Boat House only opened as a pub in Spring 2016, so winning this accolade so soon is a major achievement. Five cask beers mainly from local breweries are available, one of which is usually a dark beer. One pump is reserved for Tiller Pin, a beer brewed especially for the Boat House by Wishbone Brewery in Keighley. Cider and perry and food are also available. The Boat House, accessed via an arch off Coach Street or along the canalside from Coach Street bridge, looks out onto the canal basin, one of the best views in Skipton.

Awards! Awards! Pub, Club and Community Pub of the Year

Club of the Year 2017 presentationSpring is when Keighley and Craven CAMRA present our annual Pub and Club awards of which there are three. The first was Club of the Year, presented to Oakworth Social Club by Graham Cundall (photo left).

Branch Pub of the Year 2017 goes to the Kings Arms in Silsden. The award will be presented to Francis and Lisa Huggins on Tuesday 9th May and the pub will go forward to the regional competition. For more information about the place, check out the Pub of the Season article for Summer 2013 when they were awarded our seasonal prize - the pub is so well-run, there has be no need for Francis and Lisa to change much since then!

Branch Club of the Year 2017 has been awarded to the Oakworth Social Club, Oakworh, a thriving social club a couple of miles out of Keighley Town Centre It now goes on to the regional Club of the Year competition. The award was presented on Tuesday 25th April - see photo.

Our newest award, Community Pub of the Year, will be presented to the Foresters Arms, Grassington on Saturday 6th May. This award commemorates the life of branch member, Lynda Smith who died in December 2015, and who was an ardent supporter of good community pubs and good cask beer. The Foresters, tucked away off Grassington Square, is popular with both locals and visitors. With 5 regular cask beers and a couple of guests on offer, including the hard-to-find Tetley Mild and Black Sheep Riggwelter, it scores on the beer front and has a great clientele mix and atmostphere.

Skipton Beer Festival 2017 logoSkipton Beer Festival 2017 (just about) sells out

The 11th Skipton Beer Festival, held in Ermysted‘s Grammar School refectory, took place from Thursday 20th April to Saturday 22nd April. At closing time on the Saturday evening, only about 60 gallons of cask beer remained, out of the 70 or so casks we started with. The cider also sold out and the foreign bottled beers went well. Thanks to all those who came and made it another brilliant event. Beer of the Festival and the like will be announced shortly. For more information, check the Skipton Beer Festival website.

Iconic Traditional Dales Pub wins Pub of the Season

Keighley and Craven CAMRA Pubs Officer (right) presents Steve and Joanne Hodgson (left) with Pub of the Season Winter 2016 at The Falcon, Arncliffe, January 2017In January we award our Winter Pub of the Season. This year‘s winner is the Falcon Inn, located in the pictoresque Dales village of Arncliffe in Littondale. The Falcon, run by Steve Hodgson and his wife, Joanne is unique in our area as the only pub serving beer from the cask via a jug. Two beers are available, Timothy Taylor Boltmaker (served via jug or handpump) and a guest ale, served via a second pump, often from Dark Horse Brewery. The internal layout is unaltered in decades with two tiny rooms around the bar and a separate lounge off the corridor. Food is simple and wholesome and a warm welcome is assured. The presentation was made on Sunday (29th January) and the whole Dale and 20 CAMRA members arrived to join Steve and Joanne in their celebration.

What‘s new

Skipton Beer Festival 2018 is worth a closer look!Skipton Beer Festival is worth a closer look!

April 2018 - Skipton Beer Festival 2018 Beer List

February 2018 - A pub you can count on! Pub of the Season Winter 2017

February 2018 - LocAle Spotlights from Alesman for Spring 2018

December 2017 - New Alesman advertising rates (from Spring 2018 issue)

December 2017 - LocAle Spotlights for Winter 2017 from Alesman

September 2017 - CAMRA‘s Good Beer Guide 2018 launched

September 2017 - Local brewery grab two gold medals at Regional beer competition

August 2017 - LocAle Spotlights for Summer and Autumn 2017 from Alesman

July 2017 - New Canalside pub wins summer Pub of the Season award

May 2017 - Awards, Awards! Pub, Community Pub and Club of the Year 2017

February 2017 - Clubs Corner - more beer news from local clubs

February 2017 - Iconic Dales Pub awarded Pub of the Season

July 2016 - Clubs in Keighley and Craven that stock real ale

May‘s NBSS “Hit List”

Double 'first-visit' points will be awarded in May for the following 10 pubs:

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