Black Sheep Brewery

Award-winning visitor centre Christmas opening


Black Sheep Brewery has released the festive period opening days and times for its award-winning Visitor Centre in Masham, North Yorkshire.

The Visitor Centre, which is in Wellgarth, will be open from 10am to 5pm throughout the Christmas and New Year period, with the exception of Christmas Day and Boxing Day, when it will be closed.

A special New Year’s Day brunch will be served between 10am and 2pm, with the Visitor Centre open from 10am to 5pm.

On all other week days when the Visitor Centre is open, lunches will be services from noon to 2.30pm. On Sunday, December 27th, the serving of lunch will be from noon to 3pm.

Visitors can also take a tour of the Brewery during their visits, learning about the history of Black Sheep and gaining a fascinating insight into how some of the UK’s favourite beers are produced.

Rob Theakston, Managing Director of Black Sheep Brewery, said: “We are looking forward to helping people from near and far to celebrate Christmas and New Year at our award-winning Visitor Centre. The festive period will see us maintaining opening times that will suit anybody who wants to come along, have lunch, take a tour, or even simply to visit our Sheepy Shop.

“Blitzen, our delicious Christmas seasonal ale, will be available at the bar in its cask, as well as in bottles at the Sheepy Shop, meaning there is a special taste of Christmas available for all. Merry Christmas!”



CONTACT: Paul White on 01325 363436

Notes to Editors:

Renowned for creating award-winning ales since its formation, Black Sheep Brewery enjoyed 2015 World Beer Awards (WBAs) success with prestigious medals for two of its bottled beers – Black Sheep Ale and Riggwelter, which received Gold and Silver accolades, respectively, despite competition from some of the UK’s leading brewers. The awards, which were presented by an expert panel of judges, including journalists, retailers, buyers, brewers and marketers, in London, follow Black Sheep Brewery’s WBAs success in 2009 when its Yorkshire Square Ale was named World’s Best Premium Bitter.

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.

In 2014, Black Sheep Best Bitter, - Yorkshire’s best selling cask ale – underwent a facelift to broaden its appeal among drinkers, evolving the look, while retaining all of the great taste that has made it an iconic brand.

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Award-winning visitor centre Christmas opening
Award-winning visitor centre Christmas opening
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