Black Sheep Brewery
Black Sheep Brewery CEO comments on lockdown restrictions
Black Sheep Brewery Chief Executive Charlene Lyons has commented on the latest restrictions introduced by the Government, which includes a three-tier system of regional lockdowns that, in some areas, includes the closure of pubs and restaurants.
Charlene Lyons said: “The hospitality sector cannot be treated exclusively. We are being penalised constantly. We are trying to run businesses and I think that fundamentally we need the opportunity to operate safely just as other businesses are allowed to. People can still shop safely, so why can’t they eat or drink safely.
“As long as individuals are safe and respectful of the rules, venues should be allowed to stay open, giving all businesses an opportunity of survival, without jeopardising anyone’s health and wellbeing or any specific sectors. However, it feels as though we are being singled out rather than being treated on a level playing field. How can pubs close and brewers get no Government support. The two go hand in hand.
“It is foolish and unfair to close hospitality completely. We just need some consistency where no individual industry is penalised over another. The rules put in place have been, and continue to be, inconsistent and unclear and I don’t think in some cases people have understood what they can and can’t do, which has put pressure on our sector and will now make it even more challenging.
“This could have a devastating effect on our industry. Pub operators, landlords and brewers need additional support to be able to ensure that we can afford to continue to pay the millions of people that we collectively employ in the industry as well as supporting the supply chain whom heavily rely on our business.”
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The Black Sheep Brewery is one of British brewing’s most famous stories and has grown from humble beginnings to become a multi-award-winning company, with its beers enjoyed around the world.
Black Sheep has grown to become one of Yorkshire’s most recognised brands, with its beer distributed both nationally and internationally. Black Sheep continues to champion the county of Yorkshire and is the official brewer of the annual Tour de Yorkshire.
Black Sheep is a multi-award-winning brewer, having enjoyed numerous accolades in recent years including:
The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) Beer Champion 2017
International Brewing Awards – Milk Stout – Overall Champion (International Dark Beer)
World Beer Awards 2019 – Milk Stout – UK Winner
World Beer Awards 2019 – Pathmaker – Gold Award
World Beer Awards 2019 – Black Sheep Ale – Silver Award
World Beer Awards 2019 – Guzzler– Bronze Award
World Beer Awards 2019 – Pineapple Milkshake IPA- Bronze Award
Based in Masham, in the heart of North Yorkshire, Black Sheep brewed 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 into 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 Visitor Centre, at the site of the iconic brewery, has grown to become an award-winning attraction for visitors to Yorkshire, with tens of thousands of people flocking to Masham each year. In 2018, the Visitor Centre had a thorough refurbishment and offers the general public a menu of locally sourced Yorkshire food, its range of award-winning beers and tours of their iconic brewery.
In 2018, Black Sheep announced the purchase of York Brewery, which included the acquisition of four pubs in the business and key cask brands, including Guzzler and Yorkshire Terrier.
The outlets bought by Black Sheep, as part of the deal, are as follows:
Last Drop Inn, York
Mr Foley’s Tap House, Leeds
The Three Legged Mare, York
The addition of York Brewery complements the strong, iconic Black Sheep brand and its existing award-winning beers and brands.
In 2018, Black Sheep also purchased the Chapel Allerton based bar, ‘Kith and Kin’ which they have since refurbished and renamed the ‘Black Sheep Tap & Kitchen’, which was officially launched on 28th February 2019.
The Black Sheep 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 business’ maverick attitude to the multi-nationals seeking to dominate the brewing industry and captured the essence of the family struggle that led to its birth.
Black Sheep’s beers are full of character derived from the best possible brewing materials, plenty of time and patience in the brewing and its very special Yorkshire Square fermenters.
Black Sheep Best Bitter is now one of the best-selling cask session beers in the UK and many of its creative brews, over the course of its 25-year history, have collected numerous awards – ranging from Black Sheep’s traditional ales to its up and coming craft beers.
2017 marked the launch of Black Sheep Brewery’s first lager, 54 Degrees North, created in homage to its hometown of Masham, which sits on 54’ 13’ 24” N; 1’ 39’ 20” W longitude and latitude lines, as the company embarks on an adventurous new chapter in its distinguished history.
In 2019, the brewery diversified their offering and entered the world of spirits by producing their own Black Sheep Yorkshire Dry Gin. The gin is distilled in Masham and within the production it features classic brewing ingredients including malted barley and Lemondrop hops.
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