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“Bespoke Brewing at its Best”
Review of Theakston Brewery

Theakston Brewery
Ranked #1 of 16 things to do in Masham
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: T&R Theakston Ltd is one of the oldest family breweries in Yorkshire and home of the legendary Old Peculier Ale. Visit this historical brewery in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales town of Masham. Experience first hand the craft and skill that goes into brewing our beers, the brewing process is built on almost two centuries of tradition, passed down through five generations of the Theakston family.2013 is a very special year as not only are we celebrating the 186th year of our company's foundation in 1827,but also ten years since we bought the brewery back from Scottish Courage and once again became a family owned independent brewery. Have a pint of our legendary beer in the Brewery Tap - The Black Bull in Paradise, names after the original inn, the Black Bull, where Robert Theakston first brewed our legendary ale and also the site where our brewery stands, once known as Paradise Fields. We always have six differnent Theakston Ales available on tap including our famous Old Peculier served from wooden casks. There is plenty to do and see including the Cooper’s shop where the cooper crafts the wooden barrels – one of the last remaining working cooperages in the country. Leave plenty of time to browse the gift shop full of ‘Peculier’ souvenirs and other Yorkshire delights.
Brixham, United Kingdom
1 review
“Bespoke Brewing at its Best”
Reviewed February 19, 2014

Travelled up from Devon to visit Staithes and Whitby. Thank goodness I had the forethought to stop off in Masham and visit the birth place of my favourite tipple Old Peculier. Having arrived an hour early in my excitement at the brewery my wife and I were immediately accommodated and given a wonderful tour, just the two of us with a fantastic guide Lynne. She really brought the whole process to life and stitched it together seamlessly with the history of the brewery. Excellent!!
Finished off with a selection of all the beers and a load of goodies from the shop. If you're a fan of real ale brewed to the highest standards, to a philosophy of high quality rather than bland quantity, this place that you have to visit. I will certainly be back.

Visited February 2014
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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“Fantastic tour!”
Reviewed February 9, 2014

I have to admit that the tour was my husband's choice not mine.. However, I really enjoyed it and others have said it's great that you can sample the different beers. Our tour guide, Lynne was very enthusiastic and obviously loves what she does. Nothing was too much for her and she is a real asset to the place!

Visited February 2014
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Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
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“Visited the Theakston Brewery”
Reviewed January 27, 2014

Stopped in to buy some brew. Shop had great gifts and cases of beer. Bar area was beautiful. Bought some beer at 10% off.

Visited January 2014
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“Brewing at it's very best”
Reviewed January 11, 2014 via mobile

The "factory tour" has become a useful way of raising a little extra money and raising a product's profile in recent years. But occasionally, it is something more. Such is the case at the Theakston brewery. Real ale is to lager what leather is to PVC. It is the genuine article, a natural product lovingly crafted from the very finest ingredients. And with a missionary zeal, you are conducted around this wonderfully original brewery by a knowledgeable guide. Most of the equipment has been in place for over 100 years, the only concession to progress being the replacement of the beam engine with new-fangled electricity. But when your beer is this good, clearly the process is not broken and so does not need fixing. Finishing in the bar, Theakstons prove they can walk the talk, justifying the pride they have in their beer. Some of us remain unconvinced that the legend which is Old Peculiar is created by man - surely this has more divine origins. If you are a real ale drinker, this tour is a delight. If you are not a real ale drinker, then take the tour and learn why you should be.

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Glossop, United Kingdom
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“Brewery tour”
Reviewed December 16, 2013

Good tour of a traditional brewery. It seems little has changed in a long time and the technology is mainly Victorian but none the worse for that. Our guide was very informative and the tasting session gave us a chance to compare about seven different beers.

Visited December 2013
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