Shirlock Sheep with magnifying glass

Skipton Beer Festival is over for another year

[Shirlock Sheep with magnifying glass]

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Skipton Beer Festival is over for another year

[Dozen it look good to Ewe?]

Thank you to all who came along or supported the festival in whatever capacity; working, sponsoring or consuming. It is a lot of work but it's good for the town and gives a buzz of satisfaction when you see people enjoying the festival and tell you on the way out they had a great time.

Skipton Beer Festival 2018 was again at Ermysted’s Grammar School. Slightly different this year in that we are 2 weeks after Easter not one as has been the norm while at Ermysted’s in the past.

This was the 12th festival that the Keighley and Craven branch of CAMRA has organised in the town and we followed our tradition of a sheep logo, Skipton being derived from sheep town, and a pun; cornier the better "dozen it look good to ewe?" Thanks to Andy West, who designed our Sherlock Sheep logo. The logo featured on the souvenir T shirts and glasses, and on festival publicity.

We hosted a competition to select a beer to potentially go forward to be entered for Champion Beer of Britain (several hurdles to cross before it gets there). The tasting panel this year was given the "speciality" class, as defined by CAMRA, and the winner was Brass Castle brewery's Bad Kitty, a chocolate vanilla porter.

Festival goers chose another dark beer as Beer of the Festival; this time a milk stout brewed by Revolutions called Swoon, described as a dessert in a glass. It is good to see people choosing scarce beers as their favourites.