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Stand aside, worthy adversaries: Black Knight Sheep heralds return of Monty Python's Holy Grail


Black Sheep Brewery is preparing for a month long celebration of the world famous Monty Python comedy team with a special cask ale release of its hugely popular Holy Grail beer.

Famously “tempered over burning witches”, Holy Grail was originally created to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Monty Python, and is a much-loved part of Black Sheep’s bottled beer collection. Some 15 years on, Black Sheep has created a new pump clip design with the beer having been given a new lease of life with the recent reunion and the subsequent Spamalot tour currently racing round the UK.

Monty Python’s Holy Grail is a light golden beer with a fresh, zesty taste and a long crisp bitter finish. It is brewed with a mixture of hops, including Maris Otter and WGV, to give a light fruity nose.

Jo Theakston, Sales and Marketing Director at Black Sheep Brewery, said: It was very special to see the reunion of the surviving Monty Python team last year and it proved what we have always known, that there is still a fantastic appetite for Python among British beer drinkers.

“Great British beer and humour work well together, and we witnessed this first hand with the bottled version of Holy Grail flying out of the Playhouse Theatre, in London’s West End, during the run of Spamalot.

“Putting Holy Grail out on cask this April is something we are very excited about because it represents something different for pubs. And to make the casks…you must now cut down the tallest tree in the forest…with…a herring!”



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.

In 2014, Black Sheep Best Bitter, - Yorkshire’s best selling cask ale – underwent a facelift to broaden its appeal among drinkers, evolving the look, while retaining all of the great taste that has made it an iconic brand.

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Monty Python’s Holy Grail
Monty Python’s Holy Grail
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