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601: Black Sheep | Holy Grail

20190721_192003The Brewery: “In 1992, Paul Theakston took a daring leap into the unknown. As a fifth generation brewer of his family company, he chose to leave T&R Theakstons following its sale to a national brewery. Instead, he chose to champion independent brewing in Yorkshire and built his own brewery from reclaimed equipment in the very same town, Masham…..Paul is the Black Sheep.”

The Beer: “Famously “tempered over burning witches”, Holy Grail was originally created to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Monty Python, and is a much-loved part of our bottled beer collection. Some 19 years on, The beer has been given a new lease of life with the recent reunion and the subsequent Spamalot tour…….Monty Python’s Holy Grail is a light golden beer with a fresh, zesty taste and a long crisp bitter finish. It’s brewed with a mixture of hops, including WGV, which gives the beer a light fruity nose. It’s a real tongue pleaser.”

I tried the bottled version of this in 2016 and am not a great fan to be honest, however it was perhaps a better match for the warm night on which it was drank than my usual preference for darker brews. Had it been a bit colder it would have been very refreshing indeed. 4.0% A.B.V so not brewed as strong as the bottled version.

The Robin Hood, Cherry Hinton, Cambridge. July 2019