Black Sheep Brewery

Black Sheep Brewery offers food and beer delivery service to local community



Black Sheep Brewery is supporting its local community during the Coronavirus emergency in North Yorkshire by offering home deliveries of cooked food and beer.

A menu of freshly cooked food, prepared by its chefs at the brewery in Masham, along with a selection of cask, canned and bottled beers are available to order for people living in the town and surrounding villages.

Offering, a selection of starters, main course and desserts from its Visitor’s Centre menu, Black Sheep’s delivery team will be traveling around the local area dropping off pre-ordered meals to local customers.

Orders and payments are being taken over the phone and Black Sheep’s team will be following responsible social distancing and hygiene measures during deliveries.

Black Sheep is also offering deliveries of bottled and canned beers in addition to a four-pint carry keg, which will offer customers a chance to enjoy fresh cask beer in the comfort of their own home. The carry kegs can be returned and refilled directly from the brewery taps at a discounted price until further notice.

For those people that are not self-isolating the brewery is also offering a take-away service.

The brewery is taking orders at any time of the day with lunch being delivered between 12 and 3pm Monday to Sunday and Dinner orders between 5pm and 8pm Tuesday to Saturday.

Charlene Lyons, Chief Executive of Black Sheep Brewery, said: “This is a tough time for everyone and social isolation, particularly for those in rural areas, is particularly hard. We want to do what we can to help our community stay in contact and have the opportunity to enjoy some good beer and food, especially if they are unable to get to the shops regularly.”

“For those working from home or self-isolating, raise a glass of beer to the famous Yorkshire resolve we’re all showing at the moment and we look forward to welcoming visitors back to the brewery when this is all over.”



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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 left to right Visitor Centre Chefs Dan Crowe and Franz Riedel preparing meals for home delivery in and around Masham
left to right Visitor Centre Chefs Dan Crowe and Franz Riedel preparing meals for home delivery in and around Masham
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