Skipton Beer Festival breaks all records

Skipton Beer Festival organisers Ian Berry, Lynda Smith, Richard Candeland and Graham Cundall

Skipton Beer Festival organisers Ian Berry, Lynda Smith, Richard Candeland and Graham Cundall

First published in News

Skipton Beer Festival broke all its records last week.

More than 2,200 people attended the CAMRA event and drank it dry. An increase in the number of hand pumps meant that more cask beer could be accommodated but every last drop of the 6,300 pints of real ale were gone by the time the festival closed at 9pm on Saturday.

The beer of the festival, as voted for by customers, was Drop Hammer, the strongest beer at the festival at 10 per cent and brewed by Kirkstall Brewery in Leeds. Joint second place went to Old Bear from Keighley’s Black Mari’a and Bingham’s Ginger Doodle Stout.

The first beer to run out was Mainline IPA from the recently opened Settle Brewery.

Emporium Press cider, produced at Naylor’s brewery in Cross Hills, won the public vote for cider of the festival.

A CAMRA spokesperson said: “Although we are all exhausted after a busy week, it has all been worthwhile to see so many people enjoying themselves sampling real ales and ciders”.

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