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Black Sheep Brewery to host Ashley Jackson book signing

NEWS RELEASE: ISSUED ON BEHALF OF THE BLACK SHEEP BREWERY Yorkshire’s iconic Black Sheep Brewery is to play host to a special book signing by one of the county’s leading landscape artists, Ashley Jackson. Ashley’s new book, “My Yorkshire Sketchbook” features the artist’s favourite drawing and watercolour sketches from throughout his lifetime of depicting his beloved home county. The special book signing takes place at the Black Sheep Brewery Visitors’ Centre, Wellgarth, Masham, North Yorkshire HG4 4EN on Thursday, December 13 from 1pm to 2pm. Entry is free and the Visitors’ Centre’s Sheepy Shop will be open tp purchase the book and for last minute Christmas gifts. Brewery tours will also be running throughout the day. Rob Theakston, Managing Director of the Black Sheep Brewery, said: “We are very proud to be playing host to the signing session for Ashley’s latest book. Like Black Sheep, Ashley Jackson is a part of Yorkshire’s cultural landscape and we are very much looking forward to bringing the two together on December 13.” Ashley will be featured on BBC’s Countryfile on Sunday, December 30. ENDS CONTACT: For Black Sheep Brewery – Melanie Smith or Paul White on 01325 363436 For Ashley Jackson – Linda McFadzean – 01756 693475 Notes to Editors: The Black Sheep Brewery in Masham made 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 Black Sheep Brewery 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 maverick attitude to the multi-nationals seeking to dominate the brewing industry and captured the essence of the family struggle that led to our birth. Black Sheep Ale at 4.4% ABV, now in an eco-friendly lightweight bottle, continues to maintain its presence among the top ten premium bottled ale brands, and is available nationwide from virtually all the major supermarket retailers. It is a classic premium bitter and as with all Black Sheep beers, full of character derived from the best possible brewing materials, plenty of time and patience in the brewing and our very special Yorkshire Square fermenters. Twitter: Facebook: Share back to Black Sheep Brewery


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