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Black Sheep Riggwelter
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Riggwelter Beer: Dark Yorkshire Ale

The fabled Riggwelter has grown to be one of our most loved cask ales and remains our most decorated beer having won numerous awards.

Riggwelter takes its name from a local Yorkshire Dales farming term which has Nordic roots; “rygg” meaning back, and “velte” meaning to overturn. A sheep is said to be rigged or ‘riggwelted’ when it has rolled onto its back and is unable to get back up without assistance. What better name for a strong beer from the Black Sheep Brewery in Yorkshire, eh?!

Riggwelter is a real showcase of hops, malt and yeast. Layers of chocolate and coffee are most prominent with dark fruits offering a sweet balance against the bitter roasted flavours. Our in-house strain of yeast provides more fruity esters including freshly peeled banana.

Pouring a dark ruby colour and when served through a handpull, there’s not many beers that can match Riggwelter’s beauty.

Dark Ruby
Notes of liquorice and banana as well as dark, roasted characters.
Deliciously sweet with notes of coffee and dark fruits.
Food Matches
Perfect with a fat slice of fruit cake and a strong tasty cheese.
Hops, Malted Barley, Torrefied Wheat, Water, Yeast


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