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A lookback at the Cononley 2021 Beer Festival

The Beer festival was a roaring success again this year but the build-up didn’t go without mishap. Whilst worrying about holding an event in post covid times we then heard that Naylors Brewery had gone bust. A very sad occurrence as they have been fantastic supporters over the years. We were then struck another blow when Ade (Chief Cellarman) caught Covid and had to isolate and miss the entire event!

Set up on Wednesday and Thursday evening went well, Neil (Back up Cellarman) and Tristan (Boutique/keg beer guru) set up and cleaned all the lines whilst avoiding Simon (Head of Construction) bashing various bits of wood and pallets into a bar shape.

Doors opened on Friday and everyone came out in force to sample the quality beers and catch up. We had a guest appearance behind the bar from Doug (founder of the beer festival) which helped with the 10th anniversary celebrations – Doug and Kath having run the festival for 8 of the previous 10 events!

Saturday was equally busy, Ian and Helena providing some great tunes in the afternoon. The beer continued to flow and pre-event nerves about buying too much were averted. By the end of the night even our three backups had been tapped, good effort Cononley! The extra strong banana flavored stout proved a great talking point and certain team members can verify it was a good idea to limit its consumption.

A massive thankyou to all the sponsors, helpers and guests who came to enjoy the event, we raised a phenomenal £3729 to support the Cononley Playing Fields Trust Charity, see you all next year.

The Beer Festival Team