Black Sheep Brewery

Paul Theakston, founder and Black Sheep, was born into a brewing dynasty. Paul’s family and the T & R Theakston firm had been brewing in Masham for five generations before it was finally taken over by Scottish and Newcastle Breweries. The ‘old’ family firm had been subject to a series of acrimonious battles which lead to the takeover in the late eighties, and although Paul was offered a role in the ‘big’ company his heart was always in Masham.

So in a brave move, Paul made the decision to leave and follow his heart, in an era of bland mass produced beer in 1992, Masham gained a pioneering new brewery, built on traditional values and rescued equipment but designed to brew beer with real flavour. Major features of today’s Black Sheep Brewery tour are in fact the salvaged wares from other now defunct breweries. The brewing copper, mash tun, hop-back and the Yorkshire Stone Square fermenting vessels were literally snatched from under the ball of a demolition contractor. Black Sheep wasn’t just designing a new brewery, but bringing in subtle touches that championed the UK’s proud brewing heritage.

More than 20 years later, Black Sheep’s approach has weathered the most tumultuous time in British brewing history. The sixth generation of the Theakston family brewing heritage is now proudly part of story, with Paul’s eldest son Rob as Managing Director, and second son Jo as Sales and Marketing Director.

The Black Sheep Brewery
North Yorkshire
01765 689227

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