Black Sheep Brewery

Black Sheep's 'Pathmaker' to be celebrated with latest seasonal cask launch


Black Sheep Brewery has announced the return of a beer named in honour of its iconic founder to pubs this July, in celebration of its 25th anniversary year.

Pathmaker was created in recognition to Paul Theakston’s reputation as an early pioneer against bland beer and mass corporations when he founded the Masham-based brewery in 1992.

At 4% ABV, Pathmaker is a pale ale brewed with Chinook Hops that offers an adventurous fresh aroma, juicy hop and malty mouth feel with a bitter finish.

It was originally launched as a bottled beer in 2015, but has since been scaled up to 330ml can and keg formats, and is Black Sheep’s latest seasonal cask ale available through July.

To mark the brewery’s silver anniversary, Paul was also immortalised in the form of a limited edition tap handle figurine, in March.

Jo Theakston, Sales and Marketing Director at Black Sheep Brewery, said: “In our anniversary year it is important to recognise our rich history and roots, and Pathmaker embodies the Black Sheep story perfectly. Pathmaker is a fitting tribute to Dad’s work and how he stayed true to his beliefs and went against the norm to create great Yorkshire beers.

“It would be rude not to offer pub customers Pathmaker in cask as part of this special year. We are expecting more good things from Pathmaker, and Dad’s face will be a welcome sight at the bar up and down the country, as we gear up for more 25th anniversary celebrations!”



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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