Black Sheep Brewery

Christmas Times at Black Sheep Brewery



Black Sheep Brewery, one of Yorkshire’s top visitor attractions, is offering its customers the opportunity to enjoy the festive season at its Visitors Centre.

The Masham-based brewery with be open throughout the Christmas period for families to enjoy food at The Bistro, a drink at the Bar, buy gifts in the Sheepy Shop and attend one of the guided tours.

Visitors will be able to sample Black Sheep Brewery’s popular Christmas beer Blitzen at the bar, alongside its wide range of ales, unique lager 54 Degrees North and its first spirit, the Black Sheep Yorkshire Dry Gin.

The Visitors Centre will be open until 6pm on Christmas Eve and re-open on 27th through until January.

The shepherded tours are available each day, taking place at 11am, 12:30pm, 2pm and 3:30pm, with the last tours on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve at 2pm.

However, the Visitors Centre will be closed Saturday 4th until Monday 6th January while its team undertake some essential maintenance works, with normal working hours resuming from Tuesday 7th January, 2020.

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.

“Whether it’s a family meal, a beer with friends or last minute presents, we have plenty on offer for everyone and look forward to welcoming visitors throughout the festive season.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to wish a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all our customers, suppliers and friends!”



For further information contact Jamie Collis 01325 363436

Editors’ Notes:

The Black Sheep Brewery is one of British brewing’s most famous stories and has grown from humble beginnings to become a multi-award-winning company, with its beers enjoyed around the world.

Black Sheep has grown to become one of Yorkshire’s most recognised brands, which was unveiled as the official beer of the Tour de Yorkshire and is the official brewery of Yorkshire County Cricket Club (YCCC).

In the past 12 months, Black Sheep has won a number of prestigious awards, including:

  • The Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) National Independent Beer Awards 2018 – Glug M’Glug – Small Pack Gold Champion in the Porters, Stouts, Old Ales, Strong Milds & Strong Brown Ales category

The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) Beer Champion 2017

World Beer Awards – Milk Stout – UK Winner

World Beer Awards – Pathmaker – Gold Award

World Beer Awards – Black Sheep Ale – Silver Award

World Beer Awards – Guzzler– Bronze Award

World Beer Awards – Pineapple Milkshake IPA - Bronze Award

Based in Masham, in the heart of North Yorkshire, Black Sheep brewed 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 into 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 Visitor Centre, at the site of the iconic brewery, has grown to become an award-winning attraction for visitors to Yorkshire, with tens of thousands of people flocking to Masham each year.

In 2018, Black Sheep announced the purchase of York Brewery, which included the acquisition of four pubs in the business and key cask brands, including Guzzler and Yorkshire Terrier.

The outlets bought by Black Sheep, as part of the deal, are as follows:

Last Drop Inn, York

Mr Foley’s Tap House, Leeds

The Tap Room, York

The Three Legged Mare, York

The addition of York Brewery complements the strong, iconic Black Sheep brand and its existing award-winning beers and brands.

The Black Sheep 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 business’ maverick attitude to the multi-nationals seeking to dominate the brewing industry and captured the essence of the family struggle that led to its birth.

Black Sheep’s beers are full of character derived from the best possible brewing materials, plenty of time and patience in the brewing and its very special Yorkshire Square fermenters.

Black Sheep Best Bitter is now one of the best-selling cask session beers in the UK and many of its creative brews, over the course of its 25-year history, have collected numerous awards – ranging from Black Sheep’s traditional ales to its up and coming craft beers.

2017 marked the launch of Black Sheep Brewery’s first lager, 54 Degrees North, created in homage to its hometown of Masham, which sits on 54’ 13’ 24” N; 1’ 39’ 20” W longitude and latitude lines, as the company embarks on an adventurous new chapter in its distinguished history.

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Jo Theakston looks forward to welcoming visitors to Black Sheep Brewery over the Christmas period
Jo Theakston looks forward to welcoming visitors to Black Sheep Brewery over the Christmas period
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