‘Theakston Old Peculiar‘. Just the mention of the name conjures the archetypal image of the CAMRA member, bearded, woollen jumper under tweed or corduroy jacket with leather elbow patches, supping his pint from a dimpled glass with a handle. If only the campaign against coal seam gas could be as successful as the one for real ale!
Old Peculiar is a dark and mysterious pint. The colour of polished teak, impenetrable to light, it could almost be a stout. Toasted malt and a little fruit on the nose is followed by burnt toffee-apple and roasted coffee beans on the palate. It has the character of an Olde English ale, capable of getting you lost on the moor on the way home. A few of these would make you most peculiar indeed!
Most peculiar mama! Here’s another English legend, John Lennon. I was going to go for ‘Nobody Told Me’ but after careful consideration, I’ve hopted for ‘Instant CAMRA’.