A collaboration between Yorkshire brewery Theakston's and TV chefs The Hairy Bikers is moving to the aisles of one of the country's most up-market stores.

Co-created at the Masham brewery across the summer of 2023 by Si King and Dave Myers, Triple Hop best bitter is now available in 178 Waitrose stores across the UK with more listings in the pipeline.

Working alongside the T&R Theakston’s brewery team, led by head brewer Mark Slater, The Hairy Bikers created a range of beers to celebrate their shared Northern heritage and British culinary culture.

The Northern Echo: The Hairy Bikers aleThe Hairy Bikers ale (Image: Theakstons)

Dave Myers died in February at the age of 66 following a battle with cancer, and Richard Bradbury, managing director of T&R Theakston said: “As part of his legacy of fun, friendship and hearty flavours, we hope Dave would be proud to see the beer he created being enjoyed by beer lovers and Hairy Biker fans nationwide.”

Having met with a great reception in the on-trade, Triple Hop is the first of the Hairy Bikers beers to hit the shops with further releases planned for the future.

Si King said: “I cannot tell you how proud I am of this beer and the collaboration with Theakston. We've been intrinsically involved in the recipe development and tasting notes. Trust me when I say there was a lot of tasting! I hope you enjoy it as much as we have enjoyed creating it.”

Triple Hop features three English hops, Challenger, Admiral, and Pilgrim, perfectly balanced with a grist of Britain's finest Pale and Crystal malted barley. Together they create a full-bodied and textured beer that offers honeyed malt sweetness with subtle spiced orange and cedar overtones.

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Richard added: “It was a pleasure to meet and work alongside Si and Dave. Their passion for creating memories and experiences associated with food and a drink rings true with the Theakston ethos that beer is more than just a pint."

Established in Masham, North Yorkshire in 1827, Theakston Brewery, with nearly 200 years of brewing expertise, is one of the UK’s oldest brewers. Operating as an independent brewer, it is the second largest of its kind under family control in the UK.

There are nine permanent brands in the Theakston range: Theakston Best Bitter, Theakston Old Peculier, Theakston Summit (Chilled Pale Ale), Theakston XB, Theakston Lightfoot, Theakston Quencher, Theakston Barista Stout, Theakston Pale Ale and Theakston Dark Mild, along with a range of well-established seasonal ales. The Black Bull in Paradise, the Theakston Brewery Visitor Centre in Masham welcome visitors throughout the year.