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Black Sheep Brewery named 'Beer Champion'

Black Sheep Brewery is celebrating after being recognised by a leading pub trade body for its commitment to supporting the industry.

The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has named the Masham-based brewery its Beer Champion 2017 at the BBPA’s Annual Dinner. The Beer Champion Award recognises companies that have successfully sought to promote, improve and celebrate beer.

The BBPA is the leading body representing brewers and pub companies from across the UK.

The accolade was presented in recognition of the range of activities organised by Black Sheep to celebrate its 25th anniversary year. This included the brewery developing a number of seasonal and permanent beers to its range over the course of 2017, most notably Black Sheep’s first-ever lager, 54 Degrees North, to mark the occasion.

This latest award success for Black Sheep follows on from its sweep at the World Beer Awards during the summer, where it won four accolades. Black Sheep’s Choc & Orange Stout was the UK winner in its category, while Riggwelter, Black Sheep Ale and My Generation took home Gold, Silver and Bronze medals, respectively.

Jo Theakston, Sales and Marketing Director at Black Sheep Brewery, said: “We are delighted to have been recognised by the BBPA, which is the true voice of our industry and does so much to look after beer and pub companies’ interests. Our beers have continued to be enjoyed by so many drinkers across the country and we are proud to have taken home some many awards this year, with the BBPA’s recognition being the icing on the cake.

“2017 marks a special year for Black Sheep as we have celebrated our 25th anniversary year by creating new, innovative brews, while recognising the importance of some of our flagship brands.”

BBPA Chief Executive Brigid Simmonds said: “Huge congratulations to all our winners, and a big thank you to all those who submitted entries. We have had another great showcase of all we are achieving in our industry, in working to keep beer and pubs at the heart of our social lives and central to the UK economy.”