Cask is tall order for Masham cooper

Theakston's Cooper Jonathan Manby with the giant cask. (S)
Theakston's Cooper Jonathan Manby with the giant cask. (S)

A cask which can hold more than 2,000 pints of beer has been lovingly created by a Masham cooper.

Jonathan Manby from Theakston Brewery has made the cask which stands at 6ft tall and 4ft wide for the attraction dubbed ‘the strangest place in the world’.

The Forbidden Corner, near Middleham, commissioned the cask to be the centrepiece of a new display being launched next year.

It took Jonathan, one of only two craft coopers in the UK, a week to complete the giant cask.

The craftsman, who makes more than 500 nine-gallon beer casks a year, fashioned the giant version from traditional oak and steel.

“This is the biggest cask I’ve been asked to make in my 17 years working as a cooper at Theakston’s,” he said.

“It certainly was a ‘tall order’, but one that I was more than capable of achieving.

“The casks I usually turn out are a little smaller and filled with Old Peculier.

“On this occasion, this cask won’t be containing beer but something else!”

T&R Theakston Executive Director Simon Theakston said: “Jonathan is a brilliant cooper and we are proud that this traditional trade is being kept alive at Theakston’s.

“The casks he makes safely transport our Old Peculier to destinations all over the country.

“This giant cask will be making an appearance next year, so anyone going to the Forbidden Corner in 2012 should keep their eyes peeled for it.

“It will certainly be a talking point.”

The Forbidden Corner was originally built as a private folly but due to demand was opened to the public.