#AroundTheNorthIn80Beers day 43
Beer: Milk Stout
Brewer: Black Sheep
International Beer Day shall not derail this celebration of North of England's brewing!
Light on aroma,but strong on flavour, I'm immediately at home Black Sheep's Milk Stout.
It's funny, but milk stout was always a style I used to think of as old fashioned when I was younger, but brewers have really breathed new life into them. At least, the good ones have.
And we all know Black Sheep is one of the good ones.
But while it is strong on taste, it's not overpoweringly so. It's flavoursome. Tasty. Very smooth but with a touch of sharpness to give texture.
It somehow reminds me of cold coffee cans from vending machines on my travels in Japan.
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.
Masham has its own Druids’ Temple, in the Swinton Estate. Having just discovered this, it’s leapt to the top of my “to do” list.
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