T&R Theakston Ltd is an independent, family brewing company founded in 1827 located in the Yorkshire Dales market town of Masham, North Yorkshire. The company is controlled and run by direct descendents of the founder Robert Theakston, great-great grandsons, Simon, Nick, Tim and Edward Theakston.
Theakstons is one of Britain’s few remaining traditional family brewing companies. The company is a member of the British Beer and Pub Association , the Independent Family Brewers of Britain and a supporter of the Government’s Drinkaware campaign, CAMRA and Pub is the Hub.
The company takes pride in its track record as craft brewing innovators; brewing a wide range of cask, brewery conditioned and bottled ales for the UK domestic and several overseas markets. Among the beers produced is Theakston Old Peculier, a beer for which the company is renowned. The 19th century brewery is of a traditional ‘tower’ construction, containing many of the original features, thus upholding the great traditions of the English top-fermented brewing method.
The Company supports customers and consumers through specific branded activity and also the community through sponsorship of environmental, cultural and sports related activities. The principal community projects are the Ure Salmon Trust, a programme aimed at the restoration of the River Ure (that runs through Masham) as one of the finest wild salmon rivers in England; The Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, the biggest of its genre and sponsorship of the Theakston Nidderdale Cricket League, the biggest village cricket league in the World. The Masham brewery site is home to the Theakston Visitor Centre which is open all year round to members of the public. Guided tours of the brewery occur daily.
Old Peculier is possibly one of the country’s most well-known and loved ales. This unique, beautiful brew is often imitated but never matched and is sold literally all over the world. With countless awards to its credit, it is something of which every Briton can be very proud and is the epitome of the greatest of British brewing tradition. In the early years of the modern brewing era, about two hundred years ago, many brewers produced a dark, strong ‘stock’ beer in the winter months, to provide a base amount of fermented beer to add to beers brewed in the rather more volatile months of the summer. Old Peculier probably owes its origins to this. The name pays tribute to the unique ecclesiastical status of Masham as a ‘Court of the Peculier’ and is also reference to the strong characteristic of the beer! For many years it was affectionately referred to as Yorkshire’s ‘Lunatic’s Broth’.
Old Peculier is a beautiful, yet very simple beer, brewed using a very generous blend of finest pale, crystal and roasted barley with two bitter hops combined with the majestic and noble ‘Fuggle’ hop to produce a beer of awesome full-bodied flavour with subtle cherry and rich fruit overtones. It tastes superb when accompanied by rich stews, strong cheeses and sweet puddings.
Style: English Ale