Black Sheep Brewery

Autumn Statement: Chancellor Should Give Beer Tax Rises A Break

Rob Theakston, Managing Director of the Black Sheep Brewery, is calling for indications of a beer tax rise break from Chancellor George Osborne at the Autumn Statement next week. Beer duty has increased over 40% in the last four years and, since 1990 there have been 20 increases imposed on drinkers. The UK pays over 40% of the total EU duty bill while only consuming 13% of the total beer volume. Rob said: “Whilst I understand that the Government needs to boost its coffers to meet the hard economic targets it has set, it is time for a bit of a break in the constant rises in beer tax. “People are having to deal with the rising cost of many foodstuffs imposed upon them because of external influences on such things as the price of raw materials, so another increase in the beer tax would add more pain to the pocket. “Unless the Government is aiming for beer to become a luxury commodity, the breaks need to be put on this perennial tax increase.” ENDS CONTACT: Melanie Smith or Paul White on 01325 363436 Notes to Editors: The Black Sheep Brewery in Masham made its first beer in 1992 after being built up by Paul Theakston, whose family had brewed in the area for six generations. In a world of ever increasing bland, mass-produced beer Paul saw an opportunity to return to what his family had done best since 1827, making real beer in the time-honoured fashion. An old maltings building, once part of Lightfoot's Brewery became the Brewery’s home. This landmark building, which stands high over the banks of the Ure, had fallen in to disrepair as years of neglect as a semi-redundant grainstore had taken its toll. Paul assembled a small team around him to fight the rats and build a traditional country brewery. The Black Sheep Brewery name derived from Masham’s association with sheep, but ‘Sheep Brewery’ didn’t quite sound right, so with a little creativity from Paul’s wife the Black Sheep Brewery was born, a name that sat well with the area, spoke volumes about the maverick attitude to the multi-nationals seeking to dominate the brewing industry and captured the essence of the family struggle that led to our birth. Black Sheep Ale at 4.4% ABV, now in an eco-friendly lightweight bottle, continues to maintain its presence among the top ten premium bottled ale brands, and is available nationwide from virtually all the major supermarket retailers. It is a classic premium bitter and as with all Black Sheep beers, full of character derived from the best possible brewing materials, plenty of time and patience in the brewing and our very special Yorkshire Square fermenters. Share back to Black Sheep Brewery


Paul Theakston, Managing Director of the Black Sheep Brewery
Paul Theakston, Managing Director of the Black Sheep Brewery
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