​WORLD BEER AWARD MEDALS FOR OUR BEERS

We're celebrating this week as two of our beers have won Gold and Silver medals at this year’s World Beer Awards (WBAs).

The prestigious accolades, won despite competition from some of the UK’s leading brewers, affirm our national and global reputation for excellence.

Black Sheep Ale was awarded a Gold Medal and Riggwelter gained a Silver medal. Both beers from our core beer range were reviewed by an expert panel of judges, including journalists, retailers, buyers, brewers and marketers in London.

Black Sheep Ale, a 4.4% ABV beer, received the Gold Medal in the Pale Beer – Amber category of the WBAs. A past winner of the Great Taste Gold Award and bronze medallist in the London 2012 International Beer Challenge, Black Sheep Ale has been part of our flock since 1993 – a year after the brewery was founded in Masham.


Riggwelter, a former bronze medallist at the International Beer Challenge in 2011, received a Silver Medal in the WBA Strong Dark Beer category. At 5.7% ABV, bottled Riggwelter complements the cask version of the beer as Black Sheep’s flagship strong ale.

These successes are not the first time we have been successful in the World Beer Awards, as our Yorkshire Square Ale was previously named World’s Best Premium Bitter in 2009.

Sales and Marketing Director Jo Theakston said: “These World Beer Awards for Black Sheep Ale and Riggwelter are a credit to our brewing team and affirm what we all believe here at the brewery – that Black Sheep’s beers are pretty much unrivalled in their quality and taste. It also helps cement the North Yorkshire region as a hotbed of British brewing.

“Our Head Brewer, Alan Dunn, and his team deserve particular praise. They have been creating top quality brews for over two decades now and it’s the dedication to their art and obsession with quality ingredients that has resulted in this recognition. Everyone at the brewery is very proud we have been honoured with these awards, especially against such esteemed competition. We aren’t resting on our laurels. There’s lots of new quality brews in the pipeline too so watch this space.”

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