Black Sheep Brewery

Black Sheep drives efficiency through its vehicle fleet

NEWS RELEASE: ISSUED ON BEHALF OF THE BLACK SHEEP BREWERY The Black Sheep Brewery has upgraded its fleet of vehicles to offer fuel and cost efficiency savings of up to 50%. The Masham-based brewer has replaced three older vehicles with new models as part of a deal with Volvo Crossroads Bus and Truck Depot in Boroughbridge. As well as providing more efficient motoring, with miles per gallon increases of up to 50%, the repair and maintenance agreements with Crossroads will further reduce long-term running costs of the vehicles, which are part of Black Sheep’s eight-strong fleet. The Volvo vehicles are two Classic FH-500 6x2 44-tonne GCW tractor units and an FL-240 18 tonne 4x2 GVW rigid dra. Crossroads will also conduct trailer maintenance for the Black Sheep fleet, which conducts deliveries to pubs and other breweries. Four rigid trucks have also been replaced with Transit vans, to carry out local deliveries to licences trade and other retailers. Alan Dunn, Production Director at the Black Sheep Brewery, said: “Many of our deliveries are timed. Therefore, reliability and vehicle uptime are of paramount importance to Black Sheep Brewery. We are always developing new markets and extending our range of products so we need a modern, reliable fleet to ensure delivery schedules are adhered to.” ENDS CONTACT: Paul White on 01325 363436 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. Share back to Black Sheep Brewery


One of the new Volvo vehicles in Black Sheep Brewery’s fleet
One of the new Volvo vehicles in Black Sheep Brewery’s fleet
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