#AroundTheNorthIn80Beers – Day 45
Beer: Old Peculiar
The Brewer: Theakston
It’s very bold using the word “legendary” to describe your own beer.
The great news is, it smells like beer. After having smelled some beers where I’m left thinking “what’s that? Coconut? Lemon? Tea tree oil?”, it’s quite refreshing to just smell beer.
Strong in ABV (5.6%) and strong in flavour.
While the bottle promises hints of various things (banana and more), the really positive thing is that the overall blend, including a really lovely roasted element, tastes delicious.
The aftertaste is just as nice, with a slow and pleasant degradation.
Legendary? Not for me to say.
A really great beer? Oh yes!
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.
From the Theakstons website:"The name pays tribute to the unique ecclesiastical status of Masham as a ‘Court of the Peculier’ and is also reference to the strong characteristic of the beer! For many years it was affectionately referred to as Yorkshire’s ‘Lunatic’s Broth’."
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