Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Unobtanium


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.

2 comments:

Affer said...

I have a friend-of-a-friend who is similarly connected, and as well as producing belting good beer, Taylor's always gets top marks from them for stakeholder relations (ie boxes of 'special'ales!!). God, I bet that 'Management' was good....

Ten Inch Wheeler said...

It was specially-brewed Landlord, though if it was different in any way, I don't know. It's all a bit academic because I bet none of the special bottles were ever opened!