Black Sheep Brewery

Black Sheep Brewery resumes door-to-door beer delivery with its ‘Brew to Ewe’ service

16/11/2020

16/11/20

Black Sheep Brewery has resumed its door-to-door beer delivery, aptly named ‘Brew to Ewe’ service in response to customer demand following the latest Covid-19 lockdown.

The service is available to communities of North Yorkshire and the North East including locations such as Darlington, Harrogate, Ripon, York, Richmond, Northallerton, Bedale and the lower dales.

In addition, the team will also be making direct deliveries in Leeds.

A selection of Black Sheep’s bottled, canned and mini-kegged beers along with its recently launched gin is available for customers to safely purchase while following the restrictions by remaining at home if possible.

The Black Sheep team, who will be delivering the beer to these communities, will follow responsible social distancing and hygiene measures throughout.

Meanwhile, the family-run brewery continues to enjoy a national surge in sales - from Edinburgh to Cornwall - via its online shop. Recent new additions include eight pint mini kegs which allow you to enjoy draught beer from the comfort of your own home.

With Christmas approaching, sales of its range of hampers and gift boxes are also increasing including its ever-popular beer advent calendars, containing 24 beers for the 24 days in the run up to Christmas Day.

In line with the government’s announcement, the Black Sheep Visitor Centre in Masham will be closed until restrictions are lifted. It has also suspended its food delivery service DeliverEwe.

Charlene Lyons, Chief Executive of Black Sheep Brewery, said: “During the spring lockdown, our customers really appreciated our door to door deliveries. Following the introduction of the second lockdown we decided to resume this ‘Brew to Ewe’ service, so more people can continue to enjoy our award-winning Black Sheep beers, whilst remaining safe.

“Our team is working incredibly hard to provide folk with a proper taste of Yorkshire and we look forward to welcoming everyone back once these current restrictions are lifted.

To arrange a ‘Brew to Ewe’ delivery, email telesales@blacksheep.co.uk

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Photo caption: Black Sheep Brewery Drayman Chris Croft who is among the team delivering beer across the region to people’s homes

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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