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6th February 2023

Theakston Masham Ale back by popular demand

Iconic Yorkshire brewery, T&R Theakston has announced the return of its Masham Ale after a three-year absence.

At 6.5% ABV, it’s the strongest cask ale that the family-run brewery produces, and boasts a full-bodied mouthfeel, a balanced malt character and a subtly fruity aftertaste.

The seasonal beer is a celebration of the brewery’s hometown of Masham, a town which is steeped in history. With links to William the Conqueror and Henry VIII, it also played home to the Court of the Peculier – from which the iconic Theakston Old Peculier ale takes its name.

Fresh Fuggle hops provide a refreshing aromatic character to Theakston Masham Ale, with its tawny gold appearance and deceptively smooth, full bodied and strong flavour.

The deep, rounded flavour offered by this old favourite makes it the perfect accompaniment to strong cheeses, indulgent desserts and roasted game meats.

Simon Theakston, joint managing director of T&R Theakston said: “Masham is pivotal to the success of Theakston, it’s been home to our business for almost 200 years and so it’s only right that we continue to celebrate this beautiful corner of God’s Own County by reintroducing this unique beer, specially brewed to ensure that it pairs perfectly with some local Blue Wensleydale cheese.

“Having not brewed Masham Ale for five years as a result of the pandemic, we’re delighted that it’s returning to pumps not only at the Black Bull in Paradise, our visitor centre, but in pubs across the country.”

5 litre mini-kegs of Masham Ale can be ordered direct from the Theakston Visitor Centre in Masham, or through its online shop:

To stock Masham Ale on your bar, please email


For more information contact Beth Chaplow or Ben Ormsby at Aberfield Communications on /, or call 0113 880 0444.

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’s 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 seven permanent brands in the Theakston range: Theakston Best Bitter, Theakston Old Peculier, Theakston Summit (Cold Pale Ale), Theakston Lightfoot, Theakston Barista Stout, Theakston Pale Ale and Theakston Traditional 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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Press release from Aberfield Communications.

For more information contact Beth Chaplow or Ben Ormsby at Aberfield Communications on /, or call 0113 880 0444.