Most real ale fans have favourite breweries — labels and brands they keep a beady eye out for on a weekend.

Imagine if you could meet the brewers, face to face, and find out exactly how your favourite ales were made.

Well you can — at the Sportsman’s monthly Meet the Brewer evenings.

On the last Tuesday of each month, the Huddersfield pub hosts a tap takeover and a special event where people can learn more about the brewery featured that month.

Brewers talk about the process of making their ales, the history of their brewery and ticket-holders can sample six of their ales.

Sportsman landlord John Fletcher said a lot of his customers were interested in learning more about craft ales.

He said: “We invite breweries we work with and order from, where we like the beers and think people will be interested. Most months the event sells out, tickets for the next Meet the Brewer session are sold immediately after each one.

“People are interested in the beer and its a really fun night.”

The Sportsman, St. John's Road, Huddersfield.
The Sportsman, St. John's Road, Huddersfield.

The next event, to be held on Tuesday, has already sold out, and will feature Scarborough’s North Riding Brewery.

With capacity for around 24 people, tickets often sell out fast.

“It’s quite intimate and it works really well because you really get to chat to the brewers and it’s a nice atmosphere, where everyone is part of it,” John added.

On Tuesday February 23rd, the pub will welcome Bad Seed Brewery, based in Malton, with another Malton brewer, Brass Castle, visiting on March 29.

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Then on April 26th, brewers from Cragg Vale brewery Vocation will host the session.

Tickets for Meet the Brewer events cost £5, and include six samples of the featured brewery’s ales.

Tickets can be bought behind the bar in the Sportsman — follow the pub on Facebook for details of upcoming events.