Black Sheep Brewery

Budget 2013: Beer tax break to support brewing and pubs

NEWS RELEASE: ISSUED ON BEHALF OF THE BLACK SHEEP BREWERY Rob Theakston, Managing Director of the Black Sheep Brewery, believes a halt in the rise of beer tax in the Budget would be welcome respite for brewers and pubs. In the last four years, beer duty has increased over 40%. Since 1990 there have been 20 increases imposed on drinkers. The UK pays more than 40% of the total EU duty bill while only consuming 13% of the total beer volume. Rob said: “It is important for our industry to get a break from the Chancellor, after years of increases in duty. What was once an important social pastime is in danger of becoming a luxury which is affordable for relatively few. “The Government has hit the brewing industry hard, but there is a danger in continuing to use beer duty as a cash cow. These perennial cost increases are not sustainable and without a change then we can expect to see more pubs going to the wall.” ENDS CONTACT: Paul White on 01325 363436 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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