#AroundTheNorthIn80Beers – Day 18
The Brewer: Theakston
Back in Masham for the original family brewery.
Ruby ale’s not really a style I’ve explored so far in #AroundTheNorthIn80Beers but it’s a style I really love.
The first thing that stands out from XB is that it’s a high quality beer (I hate the use of the word “quality” on it’s own – football pundits use it all the time – “it’s a quality ball in” – but quality is a variable, you can have poor quality things, too).
My one criticism of XB is that, while it packs an initial flavour hit, that’s quick to dissipate into a slightly watery aftertaste.
The bottle promises subtle rhubarb and apple flavours, but I’d say the apple stands out more.
An enjoyable offering.
Where in the North?
The Yorkshire town of Masham punches above its weight I terms of breweries. Alongside Black Sheep, there is the Theakstons Brewery, and the small market town has its fair share of great pubs (complete with very locally sourced product). Not bad for a population of around 1,400 people. And if that’s not enough, the likes of Ripon, York and Harrogate are all close by, but visitors are unlikely to need them, with more than you might imagine going on in Masham itself.
On July 5th, 2014, Masham’s two breweries put family differences aside and put on a huge celebration as the Tour de France’s Grand Depart passed through the town.
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I’m 44, I don’t (always) have a beard (partly because when I try it is patchy, has gaps, with ginger and grey bits) and don’t take a clipboard to the pub. So, I’m not the stereotypical real ale fan of old, in the style that I was always told to look out for...read more