Yan, tan, tethera, methera, pip… The catchphrase of choice for Northern shepherds and a centuries-old technique for counting sheep has become the inspiration for a new beer.
Great Newsome Brewery, based amongst the farmland of East Yorkshire, decided to adopt the ancient saying for their latest bottled beer, a 3.5% English Pale Ale (EPA) —also steeped in the traditions of British drink
Great Newsome’s Director Matthew Hodgson said: “We feel it’s important to keep these traditions and habits of old in the public conscience. Being able to tell the stories behind the names is great fun and helps breath a bit of life into these old but very interesting bits of Yorkshire’s history.”
The beer itself features well-rounded, hoppy flavours and uses 100% British ingredients to create a modern beer inspired by the pale ales of old.
Yan Tan Tethera is the latest push from Great Newsome to marry traditional beer styles with the idioms of rural Yorkshire. The award-winning brewery’s original beer Sleck Dust being named after the farming saying for quenching a thirst brought on by hard summer work.
Founded by the Hodgson family in 2007 after nearly a century of farming, Great Newsome farm has since seen further diversifications into glamping — The Little Otchan Shepherd Hut — and eco-logging — Holderness Logs — which saw them being named as the Yorkshire Post’s Farm of the Year in 2019.
2020 has presented it’s own challenges to the team who have continued in delivering their beers across the county in the face of pubs and bars closing nationwide due to the pandemic.
Matthew continues: “Our entire business model has had to change overnight, so we are doing anything and everything to make our website simple and convenient for our customers. We frequently change and update our bottled beer ranges, and so far we’ve found 12-bottle mixed cases to be really popular with people wanting to mix their favourites with the new beers.”
For more information on Great Newsome Brewery, visit their website www.greatnewsomebrewery.co.uk