Black Sheep Brewery

Black Sheep celebrates 10th SIBA success in 2019 with raft of award wins


DATE: 08.05.19

The Black Sheep Brewery is celebrating continued success after claiming eight accolades at a prestigious industry event, making it 12 awards won since March.

The Masham, North Yorkshire-based brewery was recognised by the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) at its North East Awards, as eight of its brands were awarded Gold and Silver accolades.

Velo Pale Ale, Limoncello Sour, Choc & Orange Stout, Pineapple Milkshake IPA and 54° North Lager each collected a Gold award, while Pathmaker IPA and Yorkshire Square Ale were awarded Silver, along with York Brewery brand Legion IX, which was brewed at York Brewery, which Black Sheep acquired in December 2018.

This latest SIBA success for Black Sheep follows another Gold award for 54° North Lager, which won in SIBA’s North EastKeg Premium Lager & Pilsners category in March. Black Sheep was also winner of the Best Marketing Implementation 2019 surrounding the Tour de Yorkshire, as the event’s official brewery – its tenth SIBA award since March.

Completing the recent award wins for Black Sheep was Milk Stout, which won a Gold award in The International Brewing Awards 2019, in the Dark Beer (3.8%-4.7% ABV) category and followed up this success with the event’s Championship Trophy.

Established in 1980, SIBA is an organisation which represents the interests of UK independent breweries.

Jo Theakston, Sales and Marketing Director at The Black Sheep Brewery, said: “This has been one of our most successful periods in terms of award wins, and I am incredibly proud of our brewing team for their creativity and consistently creating great tasting and award-winning beers. It was also nice to see York Brewery also celebrated, which highlights the brewing prowess of both our operations.

“The competition at SIBA’s regional awards is always intense, which make this latest success all the more important. We are now looking forward to building on this period of positivity and hopefully we will be celebrating continued award wins in the future.”

*The eight Black Sheep SIBA North East Awards are as follows:

Gold Awards:

  • Bottle / Can Session IPA (up to 4.3%) – Velo Pale Ale
  • Bottle / Can Sours/Spontaneous – Limoncello Sour
  • Bottle / Can Speciality Medium to Dark Beers – Choc & Orange Stout
  • Bottle / Can Speciality Light beer – Pineapple Milkshake IPA
  • Bottle / Can Premium Lager & Pilsner (4.5 to 6.4%) – 54° North Lager

Silver Awards:

  • Bottle / Can Imperial IPA (6.5% and over) – Legion IX (brewed by York Brewery, which was acquired by Black Sheep)
  • Bottle / Can British Premium Bitter (4.5 to 6.5%) – Yorkshire Square Ale
  • Bottle / Can IPA (5.5 to 6.4%) – Pathmaker IPA



CONTACT: Stuart Nicholls on 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 and was unveiled as the official brewery of the 2018 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:

  • International Brewing Awards 2019 – Milk Stout – Gold, International Dark Beer (3.8%-4.7% ABV)
  • 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 – Choc & Orange Stout – Gold Award
  • World Beer Awards – Riggwelter – Gold Award
  • World Beer Awards – Black Sheep Ale – Silver Award
  • World Beer Awards – My Generation – 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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(L-R) Jo Theakston with Peter Dodd, Commercial Director at Welcome to Yorkshire
(L-R) Jo Theakston with Peter Dodd, Commercial Director at Welcome to Yorkshire
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