This year marks 30 years since the inaugural brew of Black Sheep Brewery’s flagship cask ale. A family business built in the old maltings in Masham, the brewery was the brainchild of OS Paul Theakston (W 59-63) the original ‘black sheep’. A fifth generation brewer, Paul decided to break away from the family company to build his own legacy, championing independent brewing in Yorkshire.
Still a family business at its heart, Black Sheep continues to go from strength to strength under the watchful eye of Paul’s sons, OS Robert (P 87-91) and Jonathan (P 89-93). Even in the face of unprecedented challenges during the Covid-19 pandemic, the brewery managed to stay afloat, supporting their local community with food (and beer!) delivery services throughout lockdown, and remain one of the leading independent brewers in the North of England.
To mark this milestone anniversary, the Theakstons invited friends, family, locals and visitors to Black Sheep Brewery for a day of celebration on 22nd October, launching a number of new beers for the occasion alongside their flagship Best Bitter.
Congratulations to Paul, Robert and Jonathan, and everyone at Black Sheep. Here’s to the next 30 years of great Yorkshire beer!