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Black Sheep Brewery extends its beer delivery service due to high demand



Black Sheep Brewery has extended its door-to-door beer delivery service in North Yorkshire during the Covid-19 crisis to meet high demand from customers.

The beer delivery service, which was initially available within a three-mile radius of the Masham based brewery has now been extended to a 15-mile radius due to popular demand.

A selection of bottled and canned beers are available for customers to safely purchase whilst they are staying at home or unable to access the limited availability at supermarkets.

A selection of gin, including the Black Sheep Yorkshire Dry Gin, an artisan Yorkshire take on the classic London dry gin, along with cider and soft drinks, are also available.

Orders and payments are being taken over the phone for the delivery service and for customers who are able to collect, the drive through service at the Visitor Centre is also available, where beer is brought out to vehicles whilst maintaining a safe social distance.

The brewery is also continuing to offer food deliveries to Masham and surrounding villages and has extended its original delivery menu to also include homemade pizzas, curries and kebabs prepared by its chefs at its Visitor Centre.

The Black Sheep team will be following responsible social distancing and hygiene measures during all deliveries.

Charlene Lyons, Chief Executive of Black Sheep Brewery, said: “The response we have had from the local community has been amazing and has encouraged us to extend the range of our delivery service so more people across North Yorkshire can enjoy some Black Sheep beer while they follow the guidance to stay at home.

“We are very proud of our excellent team who are working hard to take and prepare a lot of orders as well as deliver them safely to customers doorsteps. Our food service has also gone down a storm with local people and it’s great to be able to offer them a treat in these testing times.”



For further information contact Jamie Collis 01325 363436

Editors’ Notes:

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, which was unveiled as the official beer of the Tour de Yorkshire and is the official brewery of Yorkshire County Cricket Club (YCCC).

In the past 12 months, Black Sheep has won a number of prestigious awards, including:

  • The Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) National Independent Beer Awards 2018 – Glug M’Glug – Small Pack Gold Champion in the Porters, Stouts, Old Ales, Strong Milds & Strong Brown Ales category

The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) Beer Champion 2017

World Beer Awards – Milk Stout – UK Winner

World Beer Awards – Pathmaker – Gold Award

World Beer Awards – Black Sheep Ale – Silver Award

World Beer Awards – Guzzler– Bronze Award

World Beer Awards – 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, 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 Tap Room, York

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.

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.

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L-R : Jake Humberstone, Visitor Centre Manager and David Croft, Senior Area Sales Executive preparing deliveries
L-R : Jake Humberstone, Visitor Centre Manager and David Croft, Senior Area Sales Executive preparing deliveries
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