Black Sheep Brewery

Half Moon is a shining light once more in Yorkshire community


A Yorkshire village has seen its only pub re-opened, with support from Black Sheep Brewery, after it was closed a year ago.

The Half Moon, in Sharow, near Ripon, has been refurbished by new licensees Heather and Graham Raine and re-opened, creating 12 jobs.

The couple, who are from North Yorkshire, have leased the Half Moon and re-opened it as a traditional village pub, serving good food. Previously, they have run gastro pubs, restaurants, delis and cafes around Yorkshire, capitalising on Graham’s skills as a chef.

Heather and Graham have called upon the area’s popular Black Sheep Brewery to anchor the bar with its Black Sheep Best Bitter and Golden Sheep.

David Croft, Senior Business Development Manager at Black Sheep Brewery, said: “Pubs like the Half Moon are very much the heart of their communities, so it is great to see Heather and Graham giving this one a new lease of life.

“As not only their local, but Yorkshire’s favourite, brewery, Black Sheep is proud to have been chosen to be at the forefront of their offering. We wish Heather and Graham well with the pub.”

Heather said: “We are so pleased to have the Half Moon open for business once more. This is a great community and we are very excited to be bringing such a great public house back to life and creating jobs for local people.

“The response from the locals has been brilliant and they love the new look we have given the Half Moon, and the fact that we have placed Black Sheep on the bar as our centrepiece ales.”



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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