Black Sheep Brewery
Black Sheep reopens Brewery Shop to the public following pandemic lockdown
Black Sheep Brewery has reopened its brewery shop in its Visitor Centre in Masham following the lifting of lockdown restrictions.
Customers can now visit the shop for takeout beer, Black Sheep merchandise and accessories from 12pm between Wednesday and Sunday each week.
To ensure the safety of its staff and customers Black Sheep has implemented comprehensive social distancing and hygiene measures. A queuing system will be in place at the entrance with restricted numbers of customers in the shop at any one time.
Alongside the reopening of the brewery shop, Black Sheep is continuing to deliver food prepared in its Visitor Centre kitchens to customers in the local area as well as maintaining its hugely popular beer delivery service, which has expanded beyond the towns and villages around Masham to locations such as Leeds and York
Its online shop is also continuing to experience high levels of demand from customers throughout the UK for its collection of beers, hand crafted gin, and lager along with a range of gift packs and hampers.
Charlene Lyons, Chief Executive of Black Sheep Brewery, said: “We’re really excited to be able to welcome people back safely to the brewery with the reopening of our shop.
“There is plenty of space to ensure social distancing and we have all the hygiene measures in place so our customers can enjoy the experience of choosing their favourite Black Sheep products. Our customers have been exceptionally supportive of the brewery throughout this period and it will be great to see some of them back in Masham.”
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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, with its beer distributed both nationally and internationally. Black Sheep continues to champion the county of Yorkshire and is the official brewer of the annual Tour de Yorkshire.
Black Sheep is a multi-award-winning brewer, having enjoyed numerous accolades in recent years including:
The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) Beer Champion 2017
International Brewing Awards – Milk Stout – Overall Champion (International Dark Beer)
World Beer Awards 2019 – Milk Stout – UK Winner
World Beer Awards 2019 – Pathmaker – Gold Award
World Beer Awards 2019 – Black Sheep Ale – Silver Award
World Beer Awards 2019 – Guzzler– Bronze Award
World Beer Awards 2019 – 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, the Visitor Centre had a thorough refurbishment and offers the general public a menu of locally sourced Yorkshire food, its range of award-winning beers and tours of their iconic brewery.
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 Three Legged Mare, York
Tap and Kitchen, Leeds
The addition of York Brewery complements the strong, iconic Black Sheep brand and its existing award-winning beers and brands.
In 2018, Black Sheep also purchased the Chapel Allerton based bar, ‘Kith and Kin’ which they have since refurbished and renamed the ‘Black Sheep Tap & Kitchen’, which was officially launched on 28th February 2019.
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.
In 2019, the brewery diversified their offering and entered the world of spirits by producing their own Black Sheep Yorkshire Dry Gin. The gin is distilled in Masham and within the production it features classic brewing ingredients including malted barley and Lemondrop hops.
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