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7th July 2023

A Peculier Rebel – Theakston and Tiny Rebel come together to celebrate cask ale

A new brewing collaboration is bringing the disruptors and establishment together to celebrate the craft of cask ale.

T & R Theakston and Tiny Rebel, two of Britain’s most famous breweries have joined forces for a brewing event designed to highlight the craft, beauty and taste of fresh cask beer and further grow consumer interest in the category.

As part of the collaboration brewers from Tiny Rebel took over Theakston’s historic Victorian tower brewery in Masham to craft their tribute to arguably one of the country’s most famous cask beers, Old Peculier. Led by Tiny Rebel’s head brewer Mark Gammons, the team brewed a radical interpretation of the classic, using Chocolate malts, 100% pure cocoa, Fuggle and Progress hops, to create the distinctive Chocolate Old Peculier.

During the same week, Theakston’s head brewer, Mark Slater and his team took a trip to Newport, South Wales to create a Yorkshire expression of Tiny Rebel’s famous Cwtch Beer. With the original getting its distinctive red colour as a result of the use of rye, Slater and the Theakston team turned it gold. A blonde, hop forward beer, Cwtch Gold is made by using Munich and other specialist pale malts to impart not only a different colour but also add subtle more malty flavours to the Welsh classic.

Commenting on the collaboration, Simon Theakston, Joint Managing Director of T&RT Theakston said, “Brewing beer is in our blood and so when given the chance to develop a beer in collaboration with the highly creative and innovative brewing team at Tiny Rebel, one of the most successful brewers of the modern era, it was too good an opportunity for us to miss. We are incredibly excited at the prospect of the tasting the two new beers.”

Mo Syed, Chief Demand Officer of Tiny Rebel added,” In the world of cask beer brewing they don’t come much bigger than Theakston’s of Masham so to be associated with them in a collaboration is matter of enormous pride to us. We look forward to the outcome of our brewers’ skills and hopefully further brewing collaborations between us in future.”

The two beers, Chocolate Old Peculier and Golden Cwtch, will be featured in a number of special seasonal ale programmes during the months of July and August. Further details will be found at and The beers will also be available in Tiny Rebel’s Brewery Bars in Newport and Cardiff, and Theakston’s Black Bull in Paradise in Masham.


About Theakston Brewery

Established in Masham, North Yorkshire in 1827, Theakston Brewery, with nearly 200 years of brewing expertise, is one of the UK’s oldest and most highly regarded traditional ale brewers. Operating as an independent brewer, it is the second largest of its kind under family control in the UK.

Theakston is one of just two breweries in the country still committed to making and repairing traditional oak casks, employing a full time qualified ‘Journeyman’ Cooper.

There are eight permanent brands in the Theakston range: Theakston Best Bitter, Theakston Old Peculier, Theakston Summit (Chilled Pale Ale), Theakston XB, Theakston Lightfoot, Theakston Barista Stout, Theakston Pale Ale and Theakston Dark Mild, along with a range of well-established seasonal ales. The Black Bull in Paradise, the Theakston Brewery Visitor Centre in Masham welcome visitors throughout the year.

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