Today's beer of the day is an old favourite: Ratsputin.
I'd heard it was on at The Rat & Ratchet and the brewery advertised it was from a wooden cask too.
Better qualified people than me can tell you just what this does for a beer. For me, it was quite simply the best dark beer I'd had for some time.
Very potent at 7.4 percent ABV but I gather Russian imperial stouts tend to be on the high side of the percentage scale.
Anyway catch it, and some other beers from last weekend's Rat-Inn Festation, while you can.
And, if you like your dark beers in Huddersfield then Magic Rock's Dark Arts is on cask at The King's Head. For a town well known for its love of hoppy pales, Hudderfield does a fine trip to the dark side too.
Post script: I have been out of the loop for quite a while for various reasons I won't bore you with.
But I intend to be more active on here from now on.
One upcoming local festival that I am hoping to get to is Fernandes' Back to Basics in Wakefield from September 22 to 25.