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Black Sheep

Black Sheep

The Black Sheep Brewery Plc, "Wellgarth, Masham", Ripon, North Yorkshire HG4 4EN
Tel. 01765 689227 Fax. 01765 689746 email


Black Sheep Best Bitter

Black Sheep Ale

Black Sheep Emmerdale

Black Sheep Riggwelter

Black Sheep Best Bitter  3.8% ABV
Our best bitter is already established as a firm favourite in pubs across the beautiful Yorkshire Dales.  A well-hopped, light golden session bitter with a distinctive dry, refreshing taste enjoyed through a rich, creamy head.

Black Sheep Ale  4.4% ABV
A full flavoured ale with a rich fruit nose brewed with many generous handfuls of choice Golding hops giving a bittersweet malty taste, followed by an uncompromisingly long, dry and bitter finish.

Emmerdale  4.2% ABV
Distinctive balance between the flavours of fruity Golding variety hops, Maris Otter malted barley and demerara sugar. Strong and refreshingly long, dry and bitter finish.

Riggwelter  5.9% ABV (Bottle 5.7%)
Riggwelter: from the Old Norse: rygg - shoulder and velte - to overturn.  When a sheep is on its back and cannot get up without help, local dales dialect says its's rigged or riggwelted.  A deep chestnut brown full-bodied beer with a rich near-white head and the aroma of fresh roasted coffee.  A wonderfully complex palate with hints of coffee, bananas and liquorice leading to a classic Goldings hop finish.


In the early nineties Paul Theakston, 5th generation of Masham’s famous brewing family, saw an opportunity to develop his inherited skills, founding a brewery to make traditional beer in the time-honoured fashion. Spreading out from the Yorkshire Dales, Black Sheep beers are now available not only across the UK but around the world.   

October 2006 is a particularly exciting landmark for Black Sheep Brewery, as two and half years of brewery development reaches completion, providing a 65% increase in capacity.  Black Sheep Brewery is also proud to be awarded “Brewery of the Year” for the second year running by The Good Pub Guide.


All Black Sheep beers are made from high-quality traditional materials: crystal clear dales water, Maris Otter malted barley for extra flavour, some wheat to fortify the beers’ natural head, a crystal malt for colour and flavour and generous amounts of whole English hops to make the beer really refreshing.


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