Black Sheep Brewery

Christmas time at Black Sheep Brewery


Black Sheep Brewery, one of Yorkshire’s top visitor attractions, is gearing up for Christmas with a number of festive activities for people of all ages.

The Masham-based brewery will be hosting Christmas party nights and festive lunches at its award-winning Visitor Centre in Masham, North Yorkshire, offering customers the perfect way to celebrate the festivities.  

Christmas party nights include a three-course dinner and disco at £28.95 per head and are open to groups of any size. Festive lunches are available Mondays to Saturdays in December, with two and three-course options at £15.95 and £18.95 per person.

Blitzen, Black Sheep Brewery’s festive seasonal ale, a 4.0% ABV beer, will be available on cask at the brewery, as well as in the Sheepy Shop and online. This special seasonal beer has been brewed with Cascade and Goldings hops, orange and mixed peel in Black Sheep’s microbrewery. Blitzen has chocolate and spice notes to create a taste and aroma which is distinctively Christmassy.

Over the Christmas period, the Visitor Centre will be closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, and will be open until 4pm on New Year’s Eve and will be serving lunch between 12pm and 3pm on New Year’s Day. During opening hours, visitors can also enjoy some Christmas shopping, with food, drink and a whole range of gifts at the Sheepy Shop.

Jo Theakston, Sales and Marketing Director at the Black Sheep Brewery said: “Christmas is the perfect time for all the family and at Black Sheep, as a family-run business, we like to offer something for everyone, especially during the festive season.

“Whether it’s a family meal or a staff party, we have plenty on offer throughout December for everyone, and we are looking forward to helping people celebrate Christmas at Black Sheep Brewery.”

For more information, or to book for any of these events, contact Sue Dempsey on 01765 680100 / 680101 or via 



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.

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Black Sheep Brewery's Blitzen display at its award-winning Visitor Centre
Black Sheep Brewery's Blitzen display at its award-winning Visitor Centre
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