We know for definite that we won't be holding the beer festival in the Town Hall this year but other possibilities are being looked into. We should be able to post more soon. For those who need a deadline for the final decision to walk the plank or full sail will be posted here by March 15th
Skipton Beer Festival Committee is sorry to announce that Skipton Beer Festival 2014 is temporarily scuppered. Health and Safety issues relating to a fire exit have reduced the fire limit for the event from 400 people to 160 and so is too small. We are currently looking for a suitable venue in Skipton. As soon as a decision is made it will be posted here.
Keighley & Craven CAMRA apologises to all who were looking forward to the festival (as we ourselves were), and who may already have arranged holidays around the event, we hope they understand that the present unfortunate situation is beyond our control. If anyone has a suggestion of a possible venue see Getting involved.
Plans are well in-hand for Skipton Beer Festival 2014, which will run over the May bank holiday weekend. We will be returning to Skipton Town Hall for our 8th visit. The festival will open on:-
- Thursday 22nd May 3pm to 10pm.
- Friday 23rd May 11am to 10pm.
- Saturday 24th May 11am to 10pm.
We will have over 80 real ales, a mild trail, ciders and perries, foreign bottled beers and British wines. Entry is free to all on Thursday, £2.50 on Friday and Saturday unless you are a card carrying CAMRA member which is free at all sessions. Saturday there will be spot prizes for what is in the judges opinion the best pirate fancy dress. If you're hungry food is available at all sessions provided by Rural Recipes.
We unfortunately are unable to accommodate children or dogs due to limited space and the event is for over 18's only. We would also like to thank our principal sponsor Copper Dragon for their support and everybody else who has helped make this happen.
Skipton Beer Festival 2013, which ran from 11th to 13th April, broke all its own records. Over 2200 customers attended the event and at close of play on Saturday, all that remained was a small quantity of cider and perry and some foreign bottled beers. All the real ale, down to the very last drop, had been drunk, despite an increased beer order over the previous year. Customers choice for Beer of the Festival was Drop Hammer, a 10% ABV dark beer from the Kirkstall Brewery in Leeds.
The festival drew customers of all ages from both near and far. Many were attending their first ever beer festival and had a great time discovering the different styles of traditional real ale available, from a cask-conditioned alternative to lager in Copper Dragon‘s Silver Myst, through hoppy golden ales, traditional Yorkshire bitters, dark and light milds to porters, stouts and old ales such as Naylors Old Ale. (Follow the link on the right, for the full list.) Much of Skipton‘s tourist accommodation was fully booked for the weekend by customers from further afield, who like to combine a trip to the festival with a visit to the Yorkshire Dales.
You can read more in the post-festival press release. In the meanwhile look out for Keighley Beer Festival which is at the end of September in Central Hall, Alice Street, Keighley - this is also organised by Keighley and Craven CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale). And if you can‘t get to that, the next Skipton festival is provisionally booked for the Spring Bank Holiday weekend 2014. Check out this web-site next spring for more information...