Black Sheep Brewery
Black Sheep Brewery produce the spirit of Yorkshire with preview of new gin at AGM
Black Sheep Brewery has continued the diversification of its range revealing its first ever spirit, Black Sheep Yorkshire Dry Gin, at the Company’s Annual General Meeting today.
Building on six generations of brewing heritage, Black Sheep has produced an artisan Yorkshire take on the classic London dry gin.
The 42 percent abv premium strength gin, which is single shot distilled in a copper alembic still over an open flame and bottled by hand in Masham, contains a blend of 14 carefully selected botanicals.
With a strong focus on citrus flavours, Black Sheep Yorkshire Dry Gin features a plethora of fruits botanicals including lemon, orange, apricot, elderberry and pomelo peel along with a touch of spice from pink peppercorns and in a nod to their brewing heritage, it’s finished with malted barley and lemondrop hops.
The launch of Black Sheep Dry Yorkshire Gin marks the brewery’s most significant broadening of its drinks range since it successfully introduced its first premium lager, 54 Degrees North, in 2017.
Alongside its lager and Black Sheep’s established and popular range of beers, it is planned that the Yorkshire dry gin will be the first of a collection of spirits produced by the brewery.
Jo Theakston, Sales and Marketing Director of Black Sheep Brewery, said: “The demand for authentic, premium drinks continues to grow and entering the spirits market is a natural progression for Black Sheep as our range of beers and lager have established a reputation for quality and authenticity – all things that are expected by the new generation of gin drinkers.
“The gin market is continuing to grow, and we strongly believe there is a place for Black Sheep spirits as consumers are looking for authentic, high quality, well-crafted products, which has been the cornerstone of our approach since we started brewing in 1992.”
Black Sheep Yorkshire Dry Gin will be available from the brewery shop and online from the end of September.
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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, 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 in to 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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