Black Sheep Brewery

Budget 2014: Penny off a pint welcomed

NEWS RELEASE: ISSUED ON BEHALF OF THE BLACK SHEEP BREWERY Rob Theakston, Managing Director of the Black Sheep Brewery, has welcomed the cut in beer duty to take a penny off a pint for the second year running. Rob said: “Before the Budget, we called for a freeze on duty and it is a nice surprise to get even better than we were realistically looking for. This builds on last year and is great news for the beer industry and for pubs and those who work in them. “We would like to see the Government continue to drive down the duty burden on beer and I am sure we will see a positive effect on the economy as the reductions encourage people to get out and support their local pubs.” ENDS CONTACT: Melanie Smith or 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. 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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