#AroundTheNorthIn80Beers – Day 64
Beer: Yorkshire Bitter
The Brewer: Sainsbury’s / Black Sheep
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. The Yorkshire folk make bitter like no other.
It smells like a good old fashioned beer.
It tastes like a good old fashioned bitter.
And it’s clearly quality.
Good old “own label”. This is part of Sainsbury’s Taste The Difference range, but you would pick it on a night in the pub.
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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