Black Sheep Brewery

Black Sheep Brewery - MSN

20/02/2014
It was in the summer of 1992 when Paul Theakston founded Black Sheep Brewery, a traditional, country brewery in Masham, seeing the business transform from just a small team to a 98-strong workforce that produces multiple beers – cask and bottled - and has its own Visitor Centre. It was Paul’s wife, Sue, who coined the name of the brewery, reflecting Masham’s rich sheep history and the circumstances surrounding its birth. Paul’s two sons and the sixth generation of the Theakston family brewing heritage, Rob and Jo, now handle the business as managing director and sales & marketing director, respectively. Black Sheep Best Bitter, which was launched 22 years ago, is still Black Sheep’s leading cask ale, with three more joining the permanent flock since then; Black Sheep Ale, Golden Sheep and Riggwelter. After investing more than £50,000 in a microbrewery in 2013, Black Sheep now has a unique five barrel replica of its larger brewery, which ensures that any successful beers can be upscaled into full production. Bighorn, a bold Anglo American IPA, named after a breed of sheep found in the Rocky Mountains, is the first seasonal beer developed in the microbrewery to go into full scale production. Rob Theakston, managing director of Blacks Sheep Brewery, said: “We are proud of our Masham heritage, which has seen Black Sheep Brewery emerge as one of the finest, long-established breweries in the UK. “With the addition of the microbrewery, which uses the Yorkshire Square fermenting process, this allows us to upscale successful brews straight into production. Bighorn is the first beer of our exciting seasonal calendar for the year ahead, and is the first of many products from the microbrewery, as we look forward to producing more exciting beers using this technology.” back to Black Sheep Brewery