First there were the Borgias: now there are the Theakstons. If the name doesn't ring a bell, it may be because its most common occurence - next to the words "Old Peculier" (sic) on bottles of that violently strong beer - often presages protracted bouts of unconsciousness and consequent amnesia. For the last five years, this congruence of names has, in any case, been merely nominal. The original Theakstons brewery was sold to Scottish and Newcastle in 1987, in a move that split the family neatly down the middle. Now one diehard Theakston has wreaked an unholy revenge on his treacherous relations: he has opened up a brewery in Masham, Yorkshire, not 50 yards from S and Ns familial acquisition. Admittedly, Paul Theakston (for such is he called), 46, is not allowed to append his surname to his new brew, but his choice of moniker - Black Sheep Brewery - does suggest a certain element of gloating in his mien.
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