Black Sheep Brewery

Black Sheep's award-winning visitor centre is open for business this Christmas!


Black Sheep Brewery’s award-winning Visitor Centre is to continue spreading joy this Christmas, as it releases its festive opening hours.

The Visitor Centre, which is in Masham, North Yorkshire, at the site of the brewery, will be open throughout the festive period, with the exception of Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

On Christmas Eve, it will be open from 10am-4pm, reopening on Tuesday, 27th December at 10am-5pm. On New Year’s Eve the brewery will be open from 10am-4pm and from 10am-5pm on both New Year’s Day and Monday, 2nd January.

Festive lunch at the Black Sheep Brewery is available until New Year’s Day from 12pm-3pm, Monday-Saturday.

New Year’s Day will also see the return of Black Sheep’s popular Sunday lunch, served between 12pm-3pm.

Black Sheep’s Visitor Centre, which comprises of its split-level Bistro and Baa…r, and Sheepy Shop, received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, in the summer, as a result of consistently positive reviews on the website.

Visitors will also be able to take a tour of the brewery, which will run daily throughout the festive period at 11am, 12.30pm, 2pm and 3.30pm, with the last tours on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve taking place at 2pm.

Jo Theakston, Sales and Marketing Director at Black Sheep Brewery, said: “The Black Sheep Brewery will well and truly be rocking around a Christmas tree over the festive period, as we are maintaining our opening times to suit all – whether it is to take a tour, grab a bite to eat or visit the Sheepy Shop for gift ideas or to treat yourself.

“Blitzen, our popular Christmas beer, will be available at our bar on cask, along with our ‘very naughty’ Monty Python-inspired brew, Brian, and limited edition Imperial Russian Stout to get everyone in the Christmas spirit. Our professional chef will also be on hand to cook up his usual favourites, as well as festive-themed meals.

“I would like to wish a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all our customers, suppliers and friends!”



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.

back to Black Sheep Brewery


Phil Douglas, head brewer at Black Sheep Brewery
Phil Douglas, head brewer at Black Sheep Brewery
Download Large Image