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25th January 2022

Black Sheep Brewery releases 2022 calendar of seasonal beers to mark its 30th year

  • 2022 marks Black Sheep Brewery’s 30th birthday
  • The brewery has released its annual calendar, detailing the seasonal cask beers that will be launched each month
  • Includes never-before-seen beers, as well as fan favourites Velo and Blitzen

 Yorkshire-based Black Sheep Brewery has released its annual 2022 cask beer calendar, detailing the limited-edition ales that will be launched each month.

This year marks the brewery’s 30th birthday, and to commemorate the milestone, Black Sheep has chosen a blend of classic British beers and modern, craft styles as part of its limited edition 2022 releases.

The brewery has also chosen to bring back fan favourites, such as Velo and Blitzen, whilst Pathmaker, a beer inspired by the founder and original ‘black sheep’, Paul Theakston, makes a welcome return. The full calendar includes:

  • February – Finisher, an English Pale Ale brewed in support of England’s attempt to regain the Six Nations Championship.
  • March – Black Sheep IPA, a robust and hop-dominant pint with a rounded malt base.
  • April – Refresher, Black Sheep’s take on the classic British Blonde Ale.
  • May – Velo, a juicy, vibrant and easy-drinking citrus pale ale that was first brewed to mark the 2014 Tour de France that passed Black Sheep’s brewery gates in Masham.
  • June – Adventurer, a West Coast IPA loaded with hops from the hills of California, to mark the beginning of summer.
  • July – Inspirer, a classic premium pale ale taking the best of British ingredients and blending them with Black Sheep’s Yorkshire brewing techniques.
  • August – Islander, a sunshine yellow Pacific Pale Ale brewed with Nelson SauvinTM hops from rural New Zealand.
  • September, Pathmaker, to mark the official date of Black Sheep’s 30th birthday, Pathmaker is an unapologetic IPA brewed with Chinook hops, dedicated to founder, Paul Theakston.
  • October, Astronomer, a rich chocolate porter brewed using a blend of tasty dark and chocolate malts, ready for the dark autumn nights.
  • November, Sprinter, an Xtra Pale Ale brewed with new world hops, created to help you through the dark days of November.
  • December, Blitzen, this cheeky little festive number makes a return to mark the Christmas period and is brewed with Cascade hops, muscovado sugar and orange peel.

Charlene Lyons, Chief Executive at Black Sheep Brewery, commented: “2022 marks a momentous year for Black Sheep Brewery, and we don’t plan on doing things by halves!

“We’ve worked hard to develop a series of seasonal cask beers that we think our customers will love, and that perfectly encapsulate both the time of year as well as the Black Sheep ethos. And of course, we couldn’t let this milestone year go by without a special tribute to our founder in the shape of our modern day classic, Pathmaker.”

Black Sheep’s seasonal cask ales will be available to on-trade customers in pubs across the country.

The release of the seasonal calendar marks the first in a number of activities that the brewery have planned to celebrate their 30th anniversary, with more events and campaigns due to be announced shortly.


Notes to editors:

The Black Sheep Brewery is one of British brewing’s most famous stories and has grown from humble beginnings to become a multi-award-winning company, with its beers enjoyed around the world.

As well as its Visitor Centre bar and bistro in Masham, the brewery also owns and operates a growing number of pubs and bars across the region, including The Three Legged Mare and the Last Drop Inn, both in York, and Leeds venues Mr Foley’s Tap House and the Black Sheep Tap & Kitchen.

Black Sheep frequently wins prestigious awards for its beers, including, in 2021;

  • World Beer Awards – Riggwelter – Country Winner
  • World Beer Awards – Peanut Brittle Stout – Gold Award
  • World Beer Awards – Mango Milkshake IPA – Silver Award
  • World Beer Awards – Best Bitter – Silver Award
  • World Beer Awards – Milk Stout – Silver Award
  • World Beer Awards – Hazelnut & Salted Caramel Imperial Stout – Bronze Award
  • World Beer Awards – Raspberry & White Chocolate Milkshake IPA – Bronze Award
  • World Beer Awards – Black Sheep Ale – Bronze Award
  • World Beer Awards – Golden Sheep Ale – Bronze Award

Press release from Black Sheep Brewery

For further information contact the Black Sheep press office team on 0113 4304 160 or email