Awarded by the Keighley and Craven Branch of CAMRA. Article written by Jenny. This is an occasional award, issued whenever the branch feel that a real ale outlet in their area is deserving. The last time it was awarded was in 2009. This summer, not a pub, but a café bar has caught their eye.
In 2005 Christine and Robert acquired number thirteen Duke Street, Settle to turn it into a café bar. The building had been disused for several years. Prior to that had been a hairdressers, a crockery shop, a computer repair store and, for 25 years, it was 'Nuttalls' hardware store. Following a substantial makeover, Number Thirteen opened on 13th September 2005.
When it first opened Number Thirteen started life as a …
Jul 07. Prior to this we had sought advice from various people within the trade around Ayrshire, all of which recommended not getting too precious with your own desires. Quote "if lager is what they want give em lager" was preached more than once. With this in mind we continued our fact finding for over a year before taking the plunge into cask/real ale.
In the early days it was simply finding cask ale outlets to find out if it sells. Polite questions usually with explanations were always received well. The same approach to non cask ale outlets worked equally well, the research here to find out why the manager or proprietor chose not to provide it. Within a matter of months we had concluded that:
• Lager is by far the most …
Hi CaskWidge. Here are the photos as promised. The beer festival was at Wallington.
I hope to use your CaskWidges again at my Branches Beer Festival ( South London Camra ) which is in Febuary next year, at the Battersea Arts Center. Many thanks for the prompt delivery of your caskwidges. I am wearing a t-shirt with Tribute on. You are welcome to use my pictures.
All the best - John Barker
A quick UPDATE the Battersea Beer Festival kicks off this week. As mentioned above you may see CaskWidges at work. We highly recommended you go, so if you're around London this week try and get down to it.
The reason we chose to use the CaskWidge system was a combination of the small amount of space we had for the amount of beers we were serving (eight different ales and on average two of each). We had to fit 16 casks in our kitchen/temporary bar. Using the traditional racks would have taken up too much room and because this is an annual event the racks would have to be stored somewhere for the rest of the year, with limited storage space this would have been a challenge!
The second reason we chose to use the CaskWidge System was the ease at which it can be used. Apart from me, very few of the …
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