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In the world of beer, Huddersfield may have been looked down on by its bigger brothers Leeds, Bradford and Wakefield, but this applies no longer. We have got one of the best drinking towns in the north, possibly even the country; we possess some of the best breweries about; and some of the best beer festivals.

The town has cemented its place on the 'Trans Pennine Ale Trail', with plenty of groups discovering for themselves the pubs that we can offer. The eight or so committed real ale pubs on the 'town centre trail' all offer different types of experience for the drinker, whether it be beer from local micros or further afield, beers from foreign brewers, or something more familiar.

The town is home to well known breweries such as Empire, Mallinsons, Nook, and Summer Wine, which often travel far and wide and spreading beer from Huddersfield to many parts of the country. And what's more they are all going from strength to strength in this difficult economic climate.

As for beer festivals, well what can compare with the thrice yearly Star fest at Folly Hall? Now into its 9th year it attracts drinkers from as far afield as Scotland, London and the south coast, with some even booking their holidays to coincide with the events. We also have our CAMRA festival, which again is one of the better ones about; the twice yearly Swan festival at Crimble is well worth a call; and where else could you visit village festivals of the quality of the Thurstonland 'Thurstyfest', the Armitage Bridge 'MonkeyFest' and the Hall Bower festival? Throw the 'Moonrakers' and 'Slaithwaite festivals' into the mix and there is something to keep the itinerant drinker happy most of the year.

We already celebrate the fact that Huddersfield is one of the best towns around in so many ways, so let's get out there and show our support for the pubs, brewers and festivals too and make 2011 an even better drinking year.