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Yesterday a bigger and better Huddersfield Food & Drink Festival opened for business, and judging by the amount of people about, looked to be doing a good trade for a damp Thursday. Our interest, of course, was the beer on offer and this year there are four stalls from the local area specialising in our favourite tipple. At the top end of St. George's Square, nearest the railway station, is The Nook Brewhouse of Holmfirth's stall which appeared to be selling just the bottled versions of it's beers when I checked it out.

Close by is The Sportsman stand, where they are showcasing the 'LocAle' available. All handpulled, there are six beers on offer including Brass Monkey, Anglo Dutch and Golcar. I was particularly pleased to see that 'Silverback' was about again (there had been an issue with hop availability I believe) as it's one of the better Brass Monkey beers. In front of the George Hotel, the Elland Brewery stand is selling around five of their own beers covering a full range from weak to strong, light to dark; and across from them, The Star Inn, with two featured breweries, Mallinsons and Goose Eye. One light and one dark from each.

Encouragingly, all the stalls seemed to be attracting plenty of attention, so if drinking beer al fresco, amongst the myriad smells of some fabulous cooking, seems an ideal way to idle away a couple of hours, then get down there and take a look. I am sure you will not be disappointed. The festival continues until Sunday evening.