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Pub of the Year 2018 presentationThe next event is Social visiting Real Ale outlets in Oakworth. Meet 7.20pm in the Golden Fleece. 7.05pm bus ( K7) from Keighley.

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.

Summer 2018 Pub of the Season

Our Summer Pub of the Season goes to one of the oldest inns in the branch area. On Saturday 28th July, Janette and Tony Clarke ant the Talbot Arms, Settle will be presented with the award. The Talbot, a family run free house dating from 1642 offers a range of up to 6 well-kept local ales alongside good value food in a pleasant and bright environment. More information.....

Wood you believe it?

Over the weekend of 6th and 7th of July, several members of Keighley and Craven branch visited a unique event, held in North Shields on Tyneside. Woodfest is organised by the Society for the Preservation of Beers from the Wood (SPBW), an organisation with an even longer history than CAMRA. It is a beer festival at which every beer sold has been matured in and is served from wooden barrels. We had a great time and would recommend you look out for next year‘s event, if one takes place. We‘ll certainly be going again. Read Colleen‘s short report here.

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

Community Pub of the Year 2018 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, 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 tp Louise Shimmin and Dale Walsh, who manage the club, on Tuesday 17th April.

Branch Pub of the Year 2018 went to the Falcon Inn in, Arncliffe, in beautiful Littondale. The award was presented to Steve and Joanne Hodgson on Sunday 8th April. For more information about the place, check out the Winter 2016/7 Pub of the Season article.

Our newest award, Community Pub of the Year,was presented to the Bay Horse, Oxenhope on Wednesday 23rd 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 Bay Horse, at the top end of Oxenhope village, is popular with both locals and visitors. With 3 changing cask beers alongside Taylors Landlord and/or Boltmaker, the Bay Horse hosts regular local events, and a weekly music session.

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

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.

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.

What‘s new

Colleen presents Club of the Year 2018 award to Louise and Dale at Oakworth Social Club, April 2018Club of the Year 2018, Oakworth Social Club

July 2018 - Seasonal award for one of the branch‘s oldest establishments - Pub of the Season Summer 2018

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

July 2018 - A unique experience - WoodFest 2018

June 2018 - LocAle Spotlights from Alesman for Summer 2018

June 2018 - Awards, Awards! Pub, Community Pub and Club of the Year 2018

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

February 2018 - LocAle Spotlights from Alesman for Spring 2018

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

September 2017 - CAMRA‘s Good Beer Guide 2018 launched

July‘s NBSS “Hit List”

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

Note: The Bay Horse, Cowling was swapped into this list mid-month to replace the Craven Heifer, Grassington Road, Skipton, which has been reported as closed.

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