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Black Sheep Brewery is an inspired choice this Christmas



Black Sheep Brewery has unwrapped its extensive range of hampers and gifts to offer some Yorkshire-style inspiration this Christmas.

The Masham-based brewery has produced its own unique way of marking the festive countdown with its Black Sheep Beer Advent Calendar. Priced at £64.95, a bottle or can of the finest Black Sheep Brewery and York Brewery ale awaits behind each door.

Connoisseurs can also select from 20 of the brewery’s beers to create ‘Your Perfect Beer Crate’, available for delivery straight to your door.

A range of Black Sheep Brewery beers are available to be included in the ‘Pick n Mix Gift Box’ (£8.50) while the ‘Create Your Own Gift Set’ option allows customers to include six to ten of their favourite items, including food, drink and giftware.

The Flock (£11.95) contains six 500ml bottles of the brewery’s finest: Black Sheep Ale, Velo, Milk Stout, Venus & Mars, Riggwelter and Golden Sheep Ale.

New for this year, is the brewery’s first ever spirit, Black Sheep Yorkshire Dry Gin. Priced at £39.95 for a 70cl bottle, the 42% abv premium strength gin is handmade in Masham using a copper alembic still over an open flame.

Bursting with citrus aromas and flavour, it is a blend of 14 botanicals, including the spice of pink peppercorns and – with a nod to its brewing heritage – a touch of malt barley and lemondrop hops.

To mark 25 years of Black Sheep ‘The Legacy 25 Box’ (£21.95) contains a limited edition 750ml Anniversary Ale and Black Sheep bar blade.

There’s also a wide choice of hampers blending a range of Black Sheep Brewery beers, lager and spirits with locally produced delicacies including Riggwelter Pickle, Riggwelter Fruitcake and Real Yorkshire Wensleydale Cheese produced by the famous Wensleydale Creamery.

Other delicious delicacies include Black Sheep Assorted Fudge, Black Sheep Marmalade, Botham’s of Whitby Ginger Parkin, Black Sheep Ale Chutney and much more.

The hampers available are: Christmas Delight (£26.95); Shepherd’s Delight (£26.95); Riggwelter Ploughman’s (£26.95); Black Sheep Lovers (£28.95); Yorkshire Treats (£46.95); Wensleydale Lovers (£48.95); Drayman’s (£49.95); Black Sheep Delight (£65.95); Black Sheep Ewephoria (£88.95) and Black Sheep Spectacular (£93.95).

The top of the range Black Sheep Spectacular is certain to appeal to lovers of all things Yorkshire. Inside the wicker-lidded basket are six specially selected bottles and two cans of Black Sheep beers, a 20cl bottle of Chocolate Malt Barley gin, two bottles of Fever Tree tonic, together with an array of tempting produce including Black Sheep Clotted Cream Shortbread, Rosebud Preserves Blackberry & Sloe Gin Jam and cooked Roast Lamb & Mint Yorkshire crisps.

Jo Theakston, Sales and Marketing Director, said: “Hopefully we can put a smile on the face of Black Sheep Brewery aficionados by spreading some alternative Christmas cheer, Masham-style.

“Don’t condemn friends and family to unwrapping ill-fitting jumpers or unwanted toiletries this year, instead why not treat them to their favourite beers or a range of tempting Yorkshire delicacies.

“Otherwise we can provide the perfect present in the form of our recently launched Black Sheep Yorkshire Dry Gin, which is an artisan Yorkshire take on the classic London dry gin style.

“We have a gift pack or hamper to suit every taste and budget so why not flock to Black Sheep Brewery for a little festive inspiration!”

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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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Black Sheep Brewery’s Advent Calendar
Black Sheep Brewery’s Advent Calendar
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Black Sheep Brewery’s Advent Calendar
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