Theakston Brewery Old
: A Peculiarly British Brew

Ah, Theakston Old Peculier. A beer that's as peculiarly British as queuing for a bus, discussing the weather at length, or enjoying a spot of afternoon tea. This delightful concoction hails from the charming market town of Masham in North Yorkshire, and it's a brew that has been tickling the taste buds of discerning drinkers for generations. But what is it about Old Peculier that sets it apart from the rest of the beer world? Let's find out, shall we?

Theakston, the illustrious brewery responsible for this peculiarly named tipple, has been in operation since 1827. The family-owned business has managed to maintain its traditional brewing methods whilst adapting to the ever-changing landscape of British beer. And Old Peculier, their flagship ale, is a testament to the expertise and passion that has been passed down through the generations.

At first glance, Old Peculier is an enigma, much like the British penchant for orderly queues. It pours a deep, ruby-red hue, looking as though it might have been plucked from the depths of a medieval tavern. And the aroma? A captivating blend of rich malt, dark fruit, and a touch of treacle, as if someone had distilled the very essence of a classic British pudding into liquid form.

One sip of Old Peculier, and you'll be transported back in time, to an era when knights roamed the land and the locals gathered in the local alehouse for a bit of banter and a pint of the good stuff. The flavour profile is delightfully complex, with notes of dark chocolate, raisins, and a hint of molasses, all wrapped up in a smooth, velvety mouthfeel.

Weighing in at a respectable 5.6% ABV, Old Peculier is the sort of beer that you can enjoy in moderation without fear of accidentally reciting the entire works of Shakespeare at the pub. And despite its richness, it remains surprisingly drinkable, making it the perfect companion for a hearty Sunday roast or a cosy night in by the fire.

Theakston Old Peculier's peculiar name is, in fact, derived from the old term "peculier," which referred to a parish outside the jurisdiction of a bishop. In Masham's case, the local church held sway, and the beer's name pays homage to this historical quirk. A peculiarly fitting moniker, don't you think?

In conclusion, Theakston Old Peculier is a brew that celebrates the peculiarities of British culture and tradition. It's a beer that's rich, complex, and steeped in history, much like our beloved isle. So, if you're in the mood for a taste of something truly unique, raise a glass to Old Peculier and embrace the peculiar. Cheers!


  • Yorkshire Beer Championship 2007 - Champion of Champions
  • Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA)’s Champion Winter Beer of Britain 2000 - Silver
  • Strong Ale of Britain at the Great British Beer Festival 1989 - Voted Champion

Tasting notes


Dark ruby red


Raisins, chocolate, coffee


Dark fruits, caramel, toffee


Warming, smooth


Brewed by:

Theakston Brewery


Old Ale


Fuggle and Golding


Pale, Crystal, Chocolate and Roasted Barley



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