Black Sheep Brewery

Black Sheep's Pathmaker makes the journey to inaugural cask ale brew


Black Sheep Brewery's successful craft ale Pathmaker will be made available in cask for the first time in May.

Originally introduced in 2015 as a keg beer, Pathmaker captured the imagination of experimental, younger beer drinkers keen to experience new flavours, which also led to it securing a permanent place in Black Sheep’s bottled beer portfolio.

As a result, the Masham-based brewery is introducing the cask version of Pathmaker as part of its seasonal ale calendar, which features new and innovative beers created by its brewing team in its five-barrel microbrewery.

A 4% ABV pale ale, Pathmaker is brewed with Chinook hops, with an adventurous fresh aroma, juicy hop and malty mouth feel with a crisp moreish finish.

The brand name is a nod to Paul Theakston, the founder of Black Sheep, and his reputation as an early pioneer against bland beer and mass corporations when he founded the business in the early 1990s.

Jo Theakston, Sales and Marketing Director at Black Sheep Brewery, said: “Pathmaker embodies the spirit of Black Sheep and helps pubs attract a range of drinkers by adding exciting new brews to their cask ale offering. We hope the cask version will generate similar levels of excitement as the keg and bottled formats did.

“Our experimental approach to this year’s seasonal ale calendar and our commitment to top quality ingredients is helping us deliver to the needs of a range of pub types. The response so far tells us pubs up and down the country are keen to join Black Sheep on our pathmaking journey into exciting new and areas of brewing and branding.”



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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