Fancy A Pint? The retirement project to sample a beer or cider brewed or fermented in each county in the United Kingdom.
What is it called? Black Sheep Ale.
Who made it? The Black Sheep Brewery, Masham. The brewery was launched by Paul Theakston in 1992. Today it is run by his sons Rob and Jo. Brewery tours are available. More info at http://www.blacksheepbrewery.com
What is it? The brewery’s top-selling premium bottled ale.
Alc Vol: 4.4%
What it says on the label: “The culmination of six generations of brewing experience.”
Food combination: None suggested on the bottle. RB drank it with dry roasted peanuts.
Retired Bloke Verdict: Good amber colour, fruity smell, typical bittersweet ale taste. Very enjoyable.
Fancy another? Yes please.
It’s not about the beer: Around 900 AD, the Vikings invaded the area around Masham. They burnt and lay waste to the church, and caused great suffering in the town. But they also introduced sheep farming, for which the town remains well-known today.