Black Sheep Brewery

Black Sheep 'star struck' at Beer Awards with further awards success


The stars are aligned at Black Sheep Brewery as it celebrates further accolades in its 25th anniversary year at The Beer Awards 2017.

Five of the Masham-based brewery’s beers were recognised at the awards, including Pathmaker, a brew named in honour of Black Sheep’s founder, Paul Theaskton, which received Four Stars, while Black Sheep Ale, Riggwelter, Choc & Orange Stout and My Generation were awarded Three Stars.

Launched in 2016, The Beer Awards highlight exceptional canned and bottled beers using a rigorous judging method built on taste, as well as testing levels of alcohol, bitterness and colour.

The recognition at The Beer Awards builds on Black Sheep’s triumphs at the World Beer Awards in the summer, where it won four accolades. Choc & Orange Stout was the UK winner in its category, while Riggwelter, Black Sheep Ale and My Generation took home Gold, Silver and Bronze medals, respectively.

Additionally, Black Sheep was recently named Beer Champion 2017 by the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) in recognition of the range of activities Black Sheep organised to celebrate its 25th anniversary, including the development of new seasonal and permanent beers to its range.

Jo Theakston, Sales and Marketing Director at Black Sheep Brewery, said: “Our anniversary year has continued to deliver more success and credit must go to our creative brewing team who continually produce great tasting beers that are enjoyed by so many drinkers across the UK.

“The Beer Awards bring together many of the big names within the industry so it is refreshing to see that our brews have been so well-received by the respected judging panel. It’s always nice to fly the flag of Yorkshire at national, industry awards, and we may have to make further room on our mantelpiece to accommodate this latest success!”



CONTACT: Jamie Collis on 01325 363436

Editor’s Notes:

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.

In 2014, Black Sheep Best Bitter, - Yorkshire’s best-selling cask ale – underwent a facelift to broaden its appeal among drinkers, evolving the look, while retaining all of the great taste that has made it an iconic brand.

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Black Sheep Brewery Founder Paul Theakston raises a glass to Pathmaker being awarded Four Stars at The Beer Awards 2017
Black Sheep Brewery Founder Paul Theakston raises a glass to Pathmaker being awarded Four Stars at The Beer Awards 2017
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