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13th December 2022

Theakston steps into Christmas with ale relaunch

Iconic Yorkshire Brewery T&R Theakston has announced the relaunch of Theakston Christmas Ale, a 4.7% ABV red ale brewed with a range of natural ingredients, including pale, crystal and dark malts, and a grist of traditional English hops including Target, Challenger and Progress.

Boasting quintessentially festive flavours of raisin, cinnamon, nutmeg and walnut, the beer pairs perfectly with Christmas dinner favourites, including strong cheese, British beef and the traditional Christmas pudding.

The beer has been brought back by popular demand, ten years after it played a starring role in a Christmas episode of American crime drama NCIS: Los Angeles. In the episode, operations manager Hetty Lange is seen knocking a tap into the end of a wooden cask, before saying: “This is Theakston’s Christmas Ale, flown all the way from Yorkshire in England, and brewed like it was in Charles Dickens’s time.”

The festive tipple is currently available in a selection of pubs until the end of December.

Simon Theakston, joint managing director at Theakston Brewery, said: “Christmas is a special time and it deserves a special beer, which this most certainly is. Best enjoyed with family and friends in front of a roaring fire, Theakston Christmas Ale truly is the essence of Christmas. We’ve even heard it described as Christmas pudding in a glass!

“After the fictional Christmas Ale was broadcast across the world 10 years ago, we were inundated with calls from customers asking where they could purchase their own. In response to this demand, we decided to create the real thing, which has been helping our customers to get in the Christmas spirit every year since.”

To stock Theakston Christmas Ale on your bar, email

Press release from Aberfield Communications.

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