Saturday, June 15, 2013

Sportsman's Hudds hat-trick on Monday

   The Sportsman, Huddersfield.              Picture: Spurn Pint
A Huddersfield pub which has just celebrated its fourth birthday will score a hat-trick of beer awards on Monday.
The Sportsman will be presented with Huddersfield CAMRA's pub of the year award for the third time running on June 17.
Landlady Sam Smith's bar was the joint winner in 2011, the outright champ in 2012 and now it has done it again.
Continuing a bit of 2013 trend - having been to CAMRA winning pubs in Sheffield, Castleford and Barnsley - I decided to wander down St John's Road and have a session at The Sportsman on Friday night.
The first thing that struck me as I walked in was that there was a good range of beers for a session: pales of varying strengths, a ruby red, a mild and a stout. 

Seconds out, round one was Mallinsons Galaxy, followed by Millstone Stout. I'd had the Galaxy before and it didn't disappoint, but I don't think I've ever had a dark beer from Millstone, but it sure hit the spot.
Round two was Marble Pint and Mallinsons Danger Hops. Both old favourites of mine and in top nick. Enough said!

Lord knows why I didn't work my way along the bar as I missed out Wilson Potter Ruby Red, Fulstow Brewery Marsh Mild and the house brewery's 6.8% monster, Naughty.
For my last drink I went back to Marble Pint and noted their Draft 
was also on the taunting pole.
And there was a Two Roses dark beer on there too. I think it was Black Beauty Stout, presumably to follow on from the Millstone which looked like it had just run off.
So, plenty to sample over the next few days, including a special one-off Sportsman Brewing Company ale for the presentation evening on Monday.
Well done to Sam and her team.
There seems to be a bit of confusion over the exact time of the presentation. The Sportsman's website says it starts at 6pm and ends at 11pm but Huddersfield CAMRA, who are also staging a branch meeting there, say 8pm.
Anyway, that looks like Monday night sorted!
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1 comment:

Timbo said...

I was really impressed with the Millstone Stout, I had a couple of months back in the Station Tavern, or whatever it is called now, and as you said it is my only Millstone dark beer. cannot make Monday but pass on my regards