“It is an onerous task, but someone’s got to do it!”
Those are the words of Pocklington town crier Geoff Sheasby, who has been appointed the official ale taster for the local Brass Castle Brewery.
It comes as the nano-brewery, based in Market Street, Pocklington, has announced it will soon add to its range of bottled beers.
Speaking about the honorary position, Geoff explained: “Town Criers have need of appropriate libations to lubricate the larynx and energise the epiglottis. I find Brass Castle Brewery ales to be most efficacious in this respect, enabling me to perambulate and proclaim proficiently to the perspective Pocklington populace.” Phil Saltonstall, owner of the brewery, said: “It’s great to have the town crier on board and in such a traditional role.
“Though there are no plans yet to make him undertake the full regimen for an ale taster of old, which included donning leather breeches and sitting in a pool of beer as a means of determining the alcohol content.”
Brass Castle will soon be bottling its Burnout peat-smoked porter, Sunshine IPA and new ‘Flying Man’ beer to join its Bad Kitty signature vanilla porter, which is already available in bottles.