Now all the excitement of Christmas has passed the time has come to sit and look back on the highs and lows of the last 12 months. I was thinking of sharing my ideas of my favourite beers with you, and my favourite pubs for drinking them. But then.....
I was totalling up how many different guest beers that I could find in our local Town Centre pubs on any day of the week, and I was astounded to realise there could be over 30 in the 6 pubs that I generally visit. (in order of walking from the Railway Station - The Kings Head, The Head Of Steam, The Cherry Tree, The Grove, The Rat and The Star). Added to that are all the regular beers the pubs have, and the odd diversion to the Vulcan or the Lord Wilson, no one can complain about lack of choice and variety.
It makes you realise how lucky we are living somewhere like Huddersfield, with new beers appearing daily, and our own local breweries seeming to go from strength to strength.
This year alone has seen the arrival of Mallinsons and Brass Monkey, the return of Summer Wine along with Empire, Golcar, Linfit, and Riverhead making a great local brewing portfolio which surely must be the envy of other towns.
As for the original question - what was my favourite beer of the year ? I have tried to just choose one but there have been far too many to decide. All I can say it has been a great year of beer drinking and if this continues...2009 promises to be another good year too.
So, to nick a quote from an Allgates beer, all that remains is to 'Carry on Drinking'!