It's a crime not to sample the great new seasonal beer from Theakstons

A brewery based in North Yorkshire firmly believes that is will be criminal if beer lovers don’t sample their new brew. T&R Theakston have created their first ever lager/ale as the latest installment in their seasonal range, which sees a new brew every month. This new beer also ties in with the company’s annual sponsorship of the biggest crime writing festival in the world.

For the past decade, they have been the title sponsor for the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, and every year this brings together the best known thriller writers in the world in the Yorkshire spa town of Harrogate.

A Shot in the Dark – named after the 1964 Inspector Clouseau film – takes its inspirations from the Scandinavian crime thrillers that are hugely popular both in print and on screen in the UK.

T&R Theakston Ltd Executive Director Simon Theakston said: “Ten years ago the brewery came back under control of the Theakston family and it was the first year we sponsored the festival.

“Our seasonal ale range gives us the opportunity to amply demonstrate the creativity and expertise of our brewing team in line with growing market demand for new and interesting crafted cask ale.

“This month we launch A Shot in the Dark, which, like every good crime thriller, has a twist in the tale. In our case, it’s a twist in the ale as this is our first ever dark lagered ale.

“A Shot in the Dark’s credentials are beyond suspicion; and it is a beer that will certainly be picked out of a line up. It isn’t your usual suspect when it comes to beer made by Theakstons – it is cold, complex and enigmatic; it is truly the Kurt Wallander of beer.”

This year’s special guests at the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival – which is being held at the Old Swan Hotel from July 18 – 21 – include Charlaine Harris, Ian Rankin, Lee Child and Ruth Rendell.