Drinkers salute First World War centenary beer brewed in Keighley

Dave Atkinson, right, of Goose Eye Brewery, raises a glass with Ian Walkden, left, and Andy Wade of Men of Worth

Dave Atkinson, right, of Goose Eye Brewery, raises a glass with Ian Walkden, left, and Andy Wade of Men of Worth

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A LOCAL brewery's response to this month's First World War centenary has met with a positive reaction from pub-goers.

Goose Eye Brewery has produced Old Contemptible, named after the association for those British soldiers who were part of the country's expeditionary force to France and Belgium in 1914.

The beer is a 4.2 per cent pale ale, made with hops from England, America and New Zealand, and was only put into barrels ready for supply to pubs two weeks ago.

Commenting last Friday, (August 8) Goose Eye Brewery director, David Atkinson, said: "It's nearly all gone, we've only got a couple of barrels left.

"It's gone down really well. We've had a lot of people ringing us up to say how nice it was to brew a beer specially for this occasion. We're very happy to have been able to commemorate these blokes."

The idea for the beer was first broached by the Men of Worth local military history group, then suggested to the brewery by Keighley News editor Richard Parker.

Andy Wade, of Men of Worth, said a couple of names for the beer had initially been put forward, including "Gallant Sons", which refers to a list of names of Keighley men who served in the war, which was published in the Keighley News.

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