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Black Bull Bitter

The drier alternative to Best Bitter 3.9% ABV

Black Bull Bitter was launched in 1992 to commemorate the name of the first pub and brew house bought by Robert Theakston in 1827. For many years the black bull was the Theakston company logo until it was replaced in the late 1960s by the seal of the Peculier of Masham. The building that was once the Black Bull pub is just a stone throw away from the 'new' and current brewery that Robert built in 1875 and from where all our cask beers are brewed today. In the brewery yard is our ‘Black Bull in Paradise’ visitor centre complete with its own bar serving foaming pints of Black Bull Bitter, the perfect place to end a tour of the brewery.

In brewing Black Bull Bitter we ferment nearly all the sugar out leaving a dry, spicy flavoured ale with a hint of sweetness provided by the abundant use of lovely Bramling Cross hops. As a dry beer Black Bull Bitter is a superb accompaniment to all food but in particular gammon, light curries and fish.

Tasting notes

Crisp, dry and fruity. A bright, amber Bitter, well attenuated to give a crisp, refreshingly dry taste. The late and dry hopping with Golding hops ensures a pronounced citrus fruit flavour and aroma.

Unofficial Tasting notes

A delicate citrus aroma, gentle lemon and grapefruit flavours and a hint of nutmeg. A dry crisp satisfying finish! Colour : Amber Gold

Available Available in cask
  • Hop characteristic
    Subtle
    Pronounced
  • Flavour
    Dry
    Sweet
  • Colour
    Light
    Dark
  • ABV
    Low
    High