Black Sheep Brewery

'Christmas comes early' with Black Sheep's Blitzen reunion

05/12/2016

Black Sheep Brewery’s popular festive ale, Blitzen, has returned to supermarket shelves for the 2016 Christmas period.

At 4.0% ABV, the ruby ale was first launched in 2014 and forms part of Black Sheep’s bottled range.

It is brewed with Cascade and Goldings hops plus light and dark Muscovado sugar to give the beer a distinctive Christmassy richness. Its complex, malty taste is driven by a mix of pale, crystal and pale chocolate malts, with a hint of citrus and mixed peel.

Jo Theakston, Sales and Marketing Director at Black Sheep Brewery, said: “Forget Rudolph, it’s all about Blitzen this Christmas! Our brewing team have pretty much created ‘Christmas in a bottle’ – Yorkshire style. We think it will be another popular sight on supermarket shelves and a great addition to their customers’ festive shopping lists.”

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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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