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A battle of the brewers is set to commence at The Head of Steam this Thursday night.

The pub, on Huddersfield Train Station, is pitting home town ale producers Empire (Slaithwaite) and Milltown (Milnsbridge) against the likes of Pheasantry (Notts) and Dukeries (Worksop). Each brewery has one beer available. Pick up a voting slip and cast your ballot for the best. The competition runs from 7pm to 9.30pm on March 28.

Then on Friday – just a railway bridge away– The Sportsman is going international, but on the musical front.The event is billed as “Kola Gypsy Jazz”featuring Robert Gabor, from Poland, on violin, guitar and double bass. Entry is free and the music kicks off at 8.30pm. The press release from the St John’s Road pub states: “Jazz standards and a couple of Roma/Gypsy tunes in a tight expressive unit”.

Now, I’m no music journalist but music nights down The Sportsman tend to be a bit special. I was there around Christmas time listening to the Jazz Dawgs, sinking a few jars of Mallinsons and missing at least one train home!

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