Black Sheep Brewery

Michelin Star restaurant achieves cask marque award

06/11/2012
NEWS RELEASE: ISSUED ON BEHALF OF THE BLACK SHEEP BREWERY The Black Sheep Brewery has sponsored the award-winning Pipe and Glass Inn, based in South Dalton, to achieve a prestigious Cask Marque award. The accreditation is another accolade to add to the establishment, which is Yorkshire’s first pub to hold both a Michelin star and Cask Marque accreditation. In addition owner, James Mackenzie, is the current ‘Yorkshire Life’ chef of the year and Deliciously Yorkshire champion. The award is given to establishments that can guarantee the drinker a perfect pint of cask beer. Once accredited, the venue can display the ‘Cask Marque’ sign outside to highlight the high quality standard of cask beer supplied and the fully trained staff serving it. Each year Cask Marque, which is an independent non-profit organisation, visits British pubs and bars to ensure the quality within the establishment is of the highest standard. The Pipe and Glass Inn was assessed by Britain’s first female cask beer inspector, industry renowned Annabel Smith. After a rigorous assessment including checks on beer temperature, appearance, aroma and taste, The Pipe and Glass passed with flying colours. Phil Bebbington National Account Manager for The Black Sheep Brewery said: “We are extremely proud to have sponsored The Pipe and Glass Inn to achieve its Cask Marque award. The restaurant and bar has already been recognised for its outstanding food and by achieving this award it shows its staff know exactly how to care for their beer and serve the perfect pint as well.” Kate Mackenzie said: “We are very proud to have achieved this award and we extend our thanks to the Black Sheep Brewery for its support. We have been serving Black Sheep beer since we took over and our resident beer is Black Sheep Best Bitter. “Achieving Cask Marque award status demonstrates the quality of our cask ales and the professional and expert service delivered by our bar staff.” Annabel Smith, Inspector at Cask Marque said, “Being able to serve cask beer takes a considerable amount of skill and investment to ensure that the beer is of the highest quality standard and skill in terms of cellar practices and investment in cooling equipment. The Pipe and Glass Inn have demonstrated their commitment and justifiably deserve the Cask Marque award.” ENDS CONTACT: Melanie Smith on 01325 363436 Notes to Editors: Please note the Black Sheep Brewery has a new logo, if high res version is needed please download from: http://www.recognitionpr.co.uk/journalistarea-story.asp?id=11216 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. Twitter: Facebook: Share back to Black Sheep Brewery

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l-r Annabel Smith, Phil Bebbington National Account Manager for Black Sheep Brewery and Kate Mackenzie from the Pipe and Glass Inn
l-r Annabel Smith, Phil Bebbington National Account Manager for Black Sheep Brewery and Kate Mackenzie from the Pipe and Glass Inn
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