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2nd August 2023

Theakston quenches thirst for lower alcohol option with new cask ale

Family run brewery, T&R Theakston is launching a new beer to meet the rising demand for lower ABV beers that still deliver the great characteristics of a classic cask ale to consumers.

Launching at the Great British Beer Festival, Theakston Quencher is a 3.4% ABV hop forward cask ale, which is made from the finest Pearl Barley, English grown Sovereign hops and Eldorado hops. This combination creates a deceptively full-bodied cask ale with a refreshing floral and fruit hop character.

The beer is the latest new product from the Masham-based brewery which in 2021 launched Summit, a cold serve 4.2% ABV Pale Ale now stocked in 100 pubs across the north with approximately 60k pints sold every month. The brewery has also recently celebrated the joy of cask beer by collaborating with craft brewery Tiny Rebel on two special seasonal ales – Chocolate Old Peculier and Golden Cwtch.

Quencher has been developed by the business’s head brewer, Mark Slater, to meet rising demand from consumers for a lower alcohol cask ale, which retains the complexity of character found in stronger beers such as Theakston’s iconic Old Peculier.

Simon Theakston, joint managing director at Theakston Brewery, said: “This new cask ale is a testament to our commitment to creating beer which meets the demands of our consumers and pubs. In line with changes to alcohol duty, we made the decision to not change the strength of any of our cask beers but rather to create a new lower alcohol option which doesn’t compromise on taste. This also brings the added benefit of being able to offer Theakston Quencher as an excellent alternative to consumers looking to enjoy the same great taste at lower price point.

“Theakston Quencher is a new classic cask ale and the result of combining high-quality raw ingredients with our nearly two hundred years of brewing expertise. We’re very excited to be able to debut Theakston Quencher at the Great British Beer

Festival and let fans experience it for the first time.”

To stock Theakston Quencher on your bar, please contact your regular Theakston beer supplier or email


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

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