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The Black Sheep Brewery, Ripon

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Wellgarth Crosshills
Postal town: Ripon
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Roger Button left this review about The Black Sheep Brewery

Most beer enthusiast will be aware of how Paul Theakston broke away from the former family Brewery business and set up a rival brewery in the same town much to the family’s anguish (hence the Black Sheep brand name). A large proportion of people arriving at the Brewery will naturally be here for the “Shepherded” Brewery Tour (“ewe” need to have a schoolboy approach to their quirky sheep themed sense of humour here) which of course ends at the Visitor Centre “baa” for a tasting or two.

As you would expect, they have the full range of Black Sheep ales available and, being the Brewery flagsheep (sic), the quality is as good as you will find anywhere. The barman (on my visit) was as helpful and informative as they come offering tasters and describing the beers in detail. Apart from the Black Sheep Ales, there were also Peroni and Carlsberg lagers available as well as Thatchers Gold and Aspalls ciders. Despite being part of the tourist trail, the prices are very reasonable and if you do take the excellent Brewery Tour, you get a beer thrown in for the price.

Unfirtunately, the beer’s quality cannot disguise the fact that the bar itself is hardly comparable to a pub experience. Housed in an open section of a large modern Visitor Centre with a cavernous vaulted roof, the bar has a bistro and sizeable souvenir shop as its neighbours and with everything uner the one roof and barely separated from each other, it all has a bit of a shopping mall ambience.

If you are just after Black Sheep beers and don’t mind the soulless barn like surroundings then this is certainly the place to head for. Personally, I would rather sample the beers in somewhere with a bit more character, like a pub!

On 7th September 2010 - rating: 6
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Old Boots left this review about The Black Sheep Brewery

Located within the main brewery building along with a shop selling all manner of Black Sheep stuff including the bottled beers, this is a bistro style restaurant. Most of the Black Sheep range is available and as you'd expect the beer is in top condition. Black Sheep Ale and Bitter usually on plus others from the range. The best bitter is dispensed through Black Sheep's whizzy new light-up hand pump and is labelled 'Cask' with 'Best Bitter' in small letters below. You can see the brewery through a large windowed wall at the back of the bistro before taking the tour. Food is pretty tasty and the service from the uniformed staff is always good, it has to be, the boss, Mr Theakston, sometimes drops in here for lunch .

On 15th October 2009 - no rating submitted
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Old Boots
Thirsk, 13.39 miles, 4 hr 18 min walk (show)
Northallerton, 14.1 miles, 4 hr 32 min walk (show)
Knaresborough, 20.22 miles, 6 hr 30 min walk (show)
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