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“Third visit.”

The Black Sheep Brewery
Ranked #2 of 17 things to do in Masham
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Reviewed November 11, 2012

Brilliant all round. Food spot on, tour excellent, lovely shop and friendly, efficient staff. What more can anyone want. Keep it up.

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Reviewed October 22, 2012

My wife and I visited the Black Sheep Brewery and we were very impressed with the Brewery Tour, the shop and the Bistro.
We were part of a small group of about ten people who took the tour, and we started off with a light hearted information session from our guide, who really knows her stuff. Sometimes these things can be a little dull, but not in this instance.
She took us through the history of the Brewery, its all recent history so no starting way back in the days of the Vikings or anything like that. Showed us the range of ales and we tasted some of the ingredients that go into the brewing process.
If you don`t know Black Sheep Ales and you do like real ale, then you must visit the brewery; their range even includes a `Monty Python` ale called `Holy Grail` (No surprise there then!). I personally enjoyed the `Riggwelter`...they will explain that to you...its old Westmoreland dialect for a sheep that has rolled onto its back with its legs in the air...too much of this stuff and you too will `Rigged`!
Tour over, we set off for the charming Bistro. There is an excellent daily menu and they can cater for events too. The menu is well thought out, not too pricey and the food is really very good. I forgot to mention, you also get a half pint of ale with the tour, and you can have that with your meal if you wish.
The service in the Bistro is very good; friendly staff who have time for a word with you and are happy to talk about their products. They obviously take a pride in their food and I would heartily recommend a visit there.
The shop is stocked with all the ales as you would expect; gift boxes and baskets are available, along with a whole range of Black Sheep Clothing and novelties.
Would you believe they even have their own herd of Black Sheep to provide the wool for some of their gifts!
Take my tip, if you are in the North Yorkshire area do pay a visit to the Black Sheep Brewery, and do take home some of their very fine ales.

Thank Brian S
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Reviewed October 18, 2012

Organised as part of my stag do, it's the first tour I've ever done by DVD! The first 20 minutes we sat in a lecture room, watched the video and had a quick Q&A.. fair enough we then got a 20 minute wander around the brewery but not the best tour I've ever done. At 6 quid a head it's not bad value but then we got a free half each as a taster, why not a pint?

Thank DougB-74
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Reviewed October 18, 2012

we went here for my real ale loving partners birthday. we pre booked the tour by phoning the number on the website and to be honest i wasn't expecting much though he was very excited! i was surprised when we got there, the visitor center with the bar and restaurant/cafe is lovely and airy. we arrived too late for food (gutted!) as we had spent the day in york but we enjoyed a sample of the black sheep beer before the tour.
the tour itself was interesting and informative and considering i was not that interested in the first place i found myself very engaged in the talk given. we were then taken round the working brewery and the man guiding us was obviously knowledgeable and enjoyed his job.
at the end we were given beer mats and entered into the gift shop where you could purchase the bottled beer, branded glasses and various other items.
all in all it was a great way to spend a very rainy afternoon and we would definitely return, and in time for the food next time!

Thank scousegeordie79
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Reviewed October 3, 2012

On 29th Sept my partner and i went to Masham Sheep Fair,
There we noticed tours of the two breweries, (Theakstons and Black Sheep). We went for the 12pm tour,but when we got there at 11.40 to book we found that that the 12pm tour was fully booked,,pahhh
So the kind lady asked if we would like to go on the 11.45 tour which we agreed to go on.
To our suprise we found out that we were the only 2 on this tour which was really good.
The gentleman told us about the various ingredients used in the process of making Cask Ales.
We then watched a video about the history of the brewery,after the video we were then taken around the brewery and shown all the different stages of making the cask ales.
After the tour we were allowed to sample some of the fine ale they brew there...
We had a fantastic day out at the sheep fair and the tour just put the icing on the cake ,,, Brill

Thank lord_colin
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