#AroundTheNorthIn80Beers – Day 70
Beer: Theakston Pale Ale
The Brewer: Theakstons Brewery
Unusual, in a good way.
Very light on smell. Unusual, but nice, on flavour.
I think it might be the malted barley that’s coming through in the taste, along with an unusual fizz that hits the tongue.
This isn’t an everyday drink. I think you have to be in the mood for it.
Today, while I like it, I’m not sure I am. But I think that’s just me.
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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