Another day, another festival ! Its a hard job but someone has to do it !
Yesterday saw the start of The Sportsman's HD Festival. A mixture of cask, keg and bottled beers all from breweries within the HD postcode area, (bar one - Linfit). The main bar has been augmented with an outside bar with 8 beers on, so in all there are 16 cask beers available, 5 keg beers, and 16 bottled beers - enough to keep the average Huddersfield-a-phile happy for a session. I took a look yesterday and sampled the first wave of beers.
An interesting selection of varied styles were on offer from the Mallinsons 'Dick and Gravy's 0070' - brewed by a couple of the staff at the pub (ask them about the name), through the Here Be Monsters' Beserker no63' which is an American \Pale Ale using 8 different American hops, to the Rat Brewery 'Ratwurst' which is a German Rauchbier style, using beech smoked barley and English hops.
The outside bar had beers from Golcar, Nook, and an interesting Riverhead offering ' Sour Cherry Red' which is as it says. And if this is not enough, there is the first sight of a new keg brewery Lotus with their 'Lotus Ale'.
Admittedly, a lot of the beers were regular beers from the respective breweries, but many only brew occasional specials, and John and the team deserve great credit for managing to source the beers, and it is certainly interesting to taste all the area has to offer side by side. And with thirds available, there is little excuse not to try plenty of them.