Wednesday, January 14, 2009
One of my oldest friends has a long professional association with Keighley's most famous firm, Timothy Taylor. On his visits to the brewery, he often finds that a crate of their beers has been mysteriously left by his car - which is why he has a seemingly inexhaustable supply in his cellar. He's the lad I mentioned before who has just finished some bottles that were two years old. He is also lucky enough to be invited to the dinners which Taylors use to mark significant events. When Alan Hey, Taylor's head brewer retired some years ago, Taylor's marked the event by producing a very small amount of these special bottles, which were given to guests at Hey's farewell 'do'. Hey had been at the helm for 30 years, and was regarded by many as the best brewer in the UK. Stepping into Alan Hey's brogues must have been a daunting prospect for Peter Eels, Hey's successor - but Taylor's keep on winning those awards.