Riggwelter

Created in the mid-nineties, Riggwelter is our flagship Strong ale. We wanted a beer with real strength and depth so we developed a unique recipe built around rich espresso aromas, dark fruit and roasted malt flavours which lends itself perfectly to putting in a bottle.

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Riggwelter

Available in cask and bottle, Riggwelter is now our second best-selling bottled beer and has national listings in many of the major supermarkets.

Aroma

Roasted malt, hops and banana-fruit.

Taste

This strong, velvety ruby brown beer really is a wolf in sheep's clothing. It is deceptively clean drinking, with a wonderfully complex palate of coffee, bananas and liquorice which rewards you with a long, dry Goldings hop finish.

Ingredients

We use a base of Maris Otter malted barley, but add plenty of Pale Chocolate malt to give Riggwelter its rich dark colour, espresso nose and roasted malt flavours.

We use a touch of wheat which helps deliver the lovely creamy head and lacing down the glass - just what you would expect from a proper Yorkshire beer!

All our bottled ales are suitable for both vegetarians and vegans.

What’s in a name?

Riggwelter Ale takes its name from a local Yorkshire Dales farming term which has Old Norse roots; “rygg” meaning back, and “velte” meaning to overturn. A sheep is said to be rigged or “rigwelted”, when it has rolled onto its back and is unable to get back up without assistance.

It seemed the perfect name for a strong beer from the Black Sheep Brewery in Yorkshire.

Winter Warmer

On a cold winter’s day our founder Paul likes to add a tot of rum to his Riggwelter. We call this tipple a ‘Rigg and Rum’ or ‘Rigged Rum’ and it's guaranteed to put the colour back in your cheeks!

Awards

2011
Gold 1 Star Award - Great Taste Awards
2010
Gold 2 Star Award – Great Taste Awards
2009
Gold 2 Star Award – Great Taste Awards
Gold 2 Star Award (Riggwelter Plum Pudding) – Great Taste Awards
Bronze Award – International Beer Challenge
2004
Silver Award – Brewing Industry International Award

Buy Riggwelter

Ewe Tube Videos

The head brewer at The Black Sheep Brewery talks about Riggwelter.

Real Ale Guide's Riggwelter review

Awards

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2011 Gold 1 Star Award - Great Taste Awards

2011 Gold 1 Star Award - Great Taste Awards

Mashtun Marmalade with Riggwelter Ale by Rosebud Preserves

Mashtun Marmalade with Riggwelter Ale by Rosebud Preserves

2011 Silver Award International Beer Challenge

2011 Silver Award International Beer Challenge

2010 Gold 2 Star Award
Great Taste Awards

2010 Gold 2 Star Award Great Taste Awards

2009 Bronze Award
International Beer Challenge

2009 Bronze Award International Beer Challenge

2009 Gold 2 Star Award
Great Taste Awards

2009 Gold 2 Star Award Great Taste Awards

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