Black Sheep Brewery

Live like a local: Yorkshire dales

NEWS RELEASE: ISSUED ON BEHALF OF THE BLACK SHEEP BREWERY Kevin Paddison has lived and worked in Masham, in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales all of his life. Technical services manager at the Black Sheep Brewery, he has been involved in brewing for 21 years. Start the day: My day starts early, getting our children onto the 7.15am school bus to Harrogate, so I catch the best of the day walking into the Market Place with the dog. See this first: Take a walk along the River Ure. If you get up early enough on an Autumn or Winter day, the backdrop of the church in the foreground and moon behind it is stunning. But don’t miss this: Walking west along the Ure you take in the quarries and Marfield wetlands, and there’s a great circular walk to the east. Going a bit further to Hackfall Woods on the outskirts of Grewelthorpe, is well worth the effort, too. Must try: Masham is a brilliant place for local produce. Many people steer clear of the workplace on days off, but I can’t resist the brewery’s visitors’ centre’s lamb shank, with a pint of Black Sheep Best Bitter. Must buy: If you have a sweet tooth, Bah Humbugs is an old fashioned sweet shop, while Joneva does fantastic chocolate. On a more savoury note, we have two excellent butchers and the Masham sausage really does have to be tried. Locals do: We are very sporty in Masham, whether it is golf, cricket, football, tennis or cycling. The whole population is excited for the Tour de France’s Grand Depart coming through the town in 2014 and in May the brewery runs an annual charity Firkin Challenge for the Wooden Spoon Children’s Charity, with 60 and 100 mile cycling routes through the Yorkshire Dales. Locals don’t: We don’t like people getting lost, so we advise visitors who don’t know the area to get a guide for the walks. Not only do you see the best of the area, you find your way home. • Details of Black Sheep Brewery’s visitors’ centre tours and “Sheepy Shop” are available at For more information and ideas of things to do in North Yorkshire, visit ENDS 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. back to Black Sheep Brewery


Kevin Paddison, Technical services manager at the Black Sheep Brewery
Kevin Paddison, Technical services manager at the Black Sheep Brewery
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