It is almost impossible to believe that The Black Sheep Brewery is only 18 years old.
In fact it was in October 1992 when our beers first made an appearance in pubs in and around the Yorkshire Dales. The delivery of those first casks of beer all those years ago began a new era for Paul Theakston, whose family has brewed in Masham for six generations
It also allowed him to put behind him the heartache left by the often acrimonious battles that culminated in the “old” family firm of T & R Theakston Ltd ending up at the time as part of Scottish & Newcastle Breweries.
The events that led to the loss of independence of the Theakston brewery had rumbled on since the early 1970s, with Scottish & Newcastle finally seizing power in 1987. Although offered a position in the big company, Paul decided that that style of life wasn't for him. What's more, it would have meant him leaving his beloved Masham.
Determined to stay in Masham and being a long, long way from retirement (both age-wise and financially!!) it didn't take long for Paul to conclude that small brewery life was what he wanted.
The decision was made; create a new but traditional style brewery in Masham…
Here we are over 18 years on, having survived probably the most tumultuous time in British brewing history. Many famous, long-established brewers have ceased brewing or gone out of business completely; Bass, Whitbread, Vaux, Wards, Mansfield and Morrells to name but a few.
Pub companies with thousands of outlets now dominate the industry and in the bottled beer sector the giant supermarket groups call the tune, but the Black Sheep Brewery has prospered, overtaking many famous old names.
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Black Sheep - Monty Pythons Holy Grail Ale
We brew Holy Grail with Maris Otter malt, an old and expensive variety that is renowned for the taste and the quality of the beer it produces.
A mixture of old English Hop varieties including