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3rd February 2014

Black Sheep Brewery has launched Bighorn, the first seasonal brew to be developed using its new microbrewery.

Black Sheep's Bighorn proves big things can come from micro development
Black Sheep Brewery has launched Bighorn, the first seasonal brew to be developed using its new microbrewery.
A bold Anglo American IPA, Bighorn features a rich alliance of UK and American hops – Challenger and Summit – and is set to be a big favourite.
While limited runs of a number of brews have already come out of the microbrewery, Bighorn is the first to be scaled up to the larger main brewhouse for full UK distribution. Bighorn is available through February and March.
The name “Bighorn” takes its name from a breed of sheep found in the Rocky Mountains, in America, so called because of its long horns.
With an ABV of 4.5% and a pale amber or dark golden hue, Black Sheep’s Bighorn features a floral aroma with citrus fruit, raisins and malt, and offers an initially sweet taste, followed by complex fruitiness and a dry, bitter, moreish finish.
Bighorn is a perfect match for delicious spicy dishes, such as Mexican food, and juicy steaks with a rich, peppercorn sauce.
Jo Theakston, Sales and Marketing Director at Black Sheep Brewery said: “We are very proud of Bighorn as it is very different to anything else among our flock of beers, yet is still brewed using the traditional methods and Yorkshire Square fermenters we employ throughout the Black Sheep range, here at Masham.
“This is the first time we have scaled up a beer from the microbrewery to the main brewhouse as Bighorn is the first beer from an exciting seasonal calendar for 2014.”




CONTACT: Paul White on 01325 363436


Picture Caption: Bighorn.




Notes to Editors:

The Black Sheep Brewery in Masham made its first beer in 1992 after being built up by Paul Theakston, whose family had brewed in the area for six generations.

In a world of ever increasing bland, mass-produced beer Paul saw an opportunity to return to what his family had done best since 1827, making real beer in the time-honoured fashion.

An old maltings building, once part of Lightfoot’s Brewery became the Brewery’s home. This landmark building, which stands high over the banks of the Ure, had fallen in to disrepair as years of neglect as a semi-redundant grainstore had taken its toll. Paul assembled a small team around him to fight the rats and build a traditional country brewery.

The Black Sheep Brewery name derived from Masham’s association with sheep, but ‘Sheep Brewery’ didn’t quite sound right, so with a little creativity from Paul’s wife the Black Sheep Brewery was born, a name that sat well with the area, spoke volumes about the maverick attitude to the multi-nationals seeking to dominate the brewing industry and captured the essence of the family struggle that led to our birth.

Black Sheep Ale at 4.4% ABV, now in an eco-friendly lightweight bottle, continues to maintain its presence among the top ten premium bottled ale brands, and is available nationwide from virtually all the major supermarket retailers. It is a classic premium bitter and as with all Black Sheep beers, full of character derived from the best possible brewing materials, plenty of time and patience in the brewing and our very special Yorkshire Square fermenters.