Black Sheep Brewery

Black Sheep flys the flag for Britain winning multiple titles at World Beer Awards 2019



Black Sheep Brewery will champion the British brewing industry on a global stage after scooping several awards at the Country and Style round of the World Beer Awards 2019.

The Masham-based brewery’s Milk Stout was named as the best beer in its class in the UK and will now go on to compete in September for the title of the World’s Best Milk Stout against other finalists from United States, China, Japan and New Zealand.

This is the latest accolade for the 4.4% ABV Milk Stout after it was awarded Gold at The International Brewing Awards 2019 in the International Dark Beer category in the spring.

Its award wins reflect Milk Stout’s growing popularity, which was boosted earlier this year after Black Sheep secured a national listing with Tesco and a regional Yorkshire listing with Morrisons for the beer in bottled format.

Also recognised at the World Beer Awards was Pathmaker, which picked up Gold in the American IPA category, while its flagship bottled beer, Black Sheep Ale, was awarded Silver in the Amber Beer class.

Black Sheep was also collected two Bronze medals for Guzzler and Pineapple Milkshake IPA at the global awards, which recognise the very best of international beer styles and independently judged by expert panels from the brewing industry.

Rob Theakston, Managing Director of Black Sheep Brewery, said: “We are looking forward to flying the flag for the UK next month when Milk Stout takes on its competitors from around the world to highlight the innovative and creative approach to beer we take at Black Sheep.

“Winning these awards is a tremendous endorsement for our beers and proves our commitment to our established and consistently popular brands, such as Black Sheep Ale, while also exploring new and creative ways to capture the interest and taste buds of drinkers.”



For further information contact Jamie Collis 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, 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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Rob Theakston (left) and Jo Theakston (right) raise a pint to Black Sheep Brewery’s World Beer Award success
Rob Theakston (left) and Jo Theakston (right) raise a pint to Black Sheep Brewery’s World Beer Award success
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