Black Sheep Brewery

Black Sheep welcomes action to support brewing trade

NEWS RELEASE: ISSUED ON BEHALF OF THE BLACK SHEEP BREWERY Rob Theakston, Managing Director of the Black Sheep Brewery, has welcomed support for the brewing industry in today’s Budget. He said: “This is the first time in years that we have had a chancellor who has listened to us and we welcome the scrapping of the duty escalator - it has been a long campaign to get to this point! “Andrew Griffiths MP for Burton has led an excellent campaign and we publicly thank him and his supporters for all their hard work in championing the cause of the beer and pub industry. “We are delighted that we finally have a chancellor who recognises that the pub is the hub of the community and that beer is our country's national drink. Moreover, as cask beer can only be served in pubs, it is one of the most responsible forms of alcohol and finally the chancellor has recognised that fact - let's hope it encourages more people back into pubs to drink quality cask beer! “The 1p reduction in duty on beer is the unexpected icing on the cake. A reduction is something we have not seen in years and it vindicates our calls that beer served in the pub is both a responsible and controllable way of consuming alcohol. “Anything that brings the price of beer down, particularly cask beer, and encourages people into pubs is a good thing. It will help our business by reducing the already massive duty burden we carry, as well as the beleaguered pub trade, which has seen a continued increase in pub closure rates since the introduction of the beer duty escalator. “Let's hope the chancellor continues to support the British pub and brewing industry in the future to get it back to where it belongs as one of the cornerstones of our national identity.” ENDS CONTACT: Paul White on 01325 363436 Picture shows Rob Theakston, Managing Director of the Black Sheep Brewery 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


Rob Theakston, Managing Director of the Black Sheep Brewery
Rob Theakston, Managing Director of the Black Sheep Brewery
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