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6th October 2021

Theakston launches Stave Bender to mark historic Trussing In ceremony

Iconic Yorkshire brewery T&R Theakston has announced the launch of a new pale ale, Theakston Stave Bender.

The launch of the limited-edition beer is in honour of the ‘Trussing In’ of Theakston’s apprentice cooper, Euan Findlay. Trussing In is the historic ceremony signifying Euan’s graduation from apprentice to Journeyman Cooper

Brewed for a hop-forward flavour, the pale ale of 4.3% ABV has been created with pale and crystal malts, a grist of Chinook and Comet hops, infused with El Dorado and Cascade hops, to give a zingy, citrus flavour and aroma.

Simon Theakston, joint managing director at T&R Theakston said, “Following the launch of our Theakston Summit over the summer, we are delighted to announce the launch of another pale ale in the form of Stave Bender. Not only does the launch mark a milestone moment for us as a brewery, celebrating a once-in-a-generation Trussing In Ceremony, but it also underlines our commitment to supporting the wonderful craft of coopering; making casks from finest quality oak wood.”

He added: “In line with the growing demand for refreshing, hop-forward pale ales, we developed Stave Bender using a blend of new world hops. We have a proud record of product innovation based on nearly two centuries of knowledge and craftsmanship, and the availability of ever-increasing new varieties of hops allows us to maintain that reputation.”

Theakston Stave Bender will be available to pubs and bars across the UK in October.

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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 cask 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 to still employ a craft brewery cooper committed to making and repairing traditional oak casks.

There are eight permanent brands in the Theakston range: Theakston Best Bitter, Theakston XB, Theakston Old Peculier, Theakston Summit Cold Pale Ale, Theakston Lightfoot, Theakston Barista Stout, Theakston Pale and Theakston Mild, along with a range of well-established seasonal ales. The Theakston Visitor Centre in Masham is open all year round, except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

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Press release from Theakston Brewery

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