Masham brewery celebrates ancient local tradition
LOVERS of real ale are being called to the bar to judge a new beer inspired by an ancient ecclesiastical court.
Masham-based Theakstons have created the brew in honour of 24 local men who, since the 12th-century, have sat in judgment in the town’s Court of the Peculier, created and overseen by the Church.
Known as the Four and Twenty, they still exist today as a charitable organisation, and one of its number is the brewery’s own Jonathan Manby, the last full-time craft cooper operating in the UK.
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