Cononley hosts home brewing festival

Keighley News: l Stephen and Emma Slater get their own brews ready for Cononley’s Home Brewing Festival in April l Stephen and Emma Slater get their own brews ready for Cononley’s Home Brewing Festival in April

A village is set to hold its first ever festival dedicated to home brewing.

The inaugural Cononley Festival of Brewing will take place on April 6 at the “Uppin Arms” in the Cononley Village Institute.

Festival organiser, Steve Slater, of Cononley, said: “This is going to be more of a home brew festival and will be a bit of a tongue in cheek brewing festival. It’s being held for a good cause, so we’ll do our best to give publicans a run for their money.”

The event was organised after members of Keighley and Craven Athletics Club came up with the idea during a social evening held at the White Lion in Kildwick.

Mr Slater, who is a member of the club, said organisers were looking for people to provide home brews for the festival, but added that there would be plenty to go around.

For the festival, Mr Slater is brewing a bitter called Pilgrim’s Hope, an IPA and a Sauvignon Blanc white wine. His wife, Emma, is brewing a pear cider, which she has called Nice Pear. Two other Cononley residents, Russell Fairhurst and Brett Weeden, will also be brewing a fruity punch and a Gib summer ale, respectively.

Entry to the festival costs £3, which includes food. Proceeds from the evening will divided between the Cononley Village Institute and the Sue Ryder charity.

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