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13th February 2023

Theakston’s in-house cooper hammers home victory for Yorkshire photographer

A photo of Yorkshire brewery, T&R Theakston’s journeyman cooper Euan Findlay by the Yorkshire Post’s Simon Hulme has been named as Business winner at the British Press Photography Association (BPPA)’s annual awards.

The image, which features Euan demonstrating the art of cask making at the brewery’s in-house cooperage, was captured by Simon on 28 September 2022, almost a year after the young cooper was ‘Trussed In’ – a ceremony which marked the end of his apprenticeship.

Commenting on the award, Simon Theakston, joint managing director of T&R Theakston said: “As one of the last breweries in the UK to have an in-house cooper we’re proud of the craftmanship which goes into cask making, and Simon’s photo of Euan captures this perfectly.

“I’d like to pass on a massive congratulations from everyone at T&R Theakston to Simon and the team at the Yorkshire Post on this award win.”

If you’d like to see first-hand how Euan creates the cask for T&R Theakston’s iconic Old Peculier ale, you can book on a brewery tour via


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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 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.