A Yorkshire company is causing a stir by combining two of the county’s top tipples – tea and ale.

Brewery Theakston’s of Masham has used tea to flavour its latest seasonal ale.

‘River’s Answer’ is brewed not only with malted barley and hops but also with smoked Lapsang Souchong china tea and Mandarin oranges.

Executive director, Simon Theakston, said, “The light dryness of the china tea mixed with the sweetness of the malt and the fruitiness of the mandarin oranges combines wonderfully. It is a sheer delight to savour.

“Blending Lapsang Souchong tea with hops is a first for us, but as consumer interest in experimental beer flavour grows, we are only too pleased to meet that demand, and thus being able to show off the skills of our experienced brewing team to the highest degree.”

T&R Theakston executive director Simon Theakston and Marketing Manager Victoria Bramley enjoy a  glass of Theaston’s River’s Answer.

T&R Theakston executive director Simon Theakston and Marketing Manager Victoria Bramley enjoy a glass of Theaston’s River’s Answer.

The name of the new beer draws on the Theakston sponsorship of the River Ure Salmon project, an important ecological project for the re-introduction of wild salmon into the river that flows through Masham.

However, it is not the only reason as Mr Theakston further explained: “The additional ingredients that we have used to brew River’s Answer, coincidently, in an oblique way, make reference to a musical connection.

“For a bit of fun we will be using our social network platform to offer our drinkers the chance to win one of four luxury picnics beside the River Ure, for the first four correct answers we receive on the connection.”

The beer is available for the month of June and details of the competition will be revealed on the Theakston social media sites.

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