Top award for Masham Brewer

Ian Ashton presents the award for Outstanding Achievement to winner Paul Theakston.
Ian Ashton presents the award for Outstanding Achievement to winner Paul Theakston.

The Black Sheep Brewery’s founder and chairman, Paul Theakston was presented with an Outstanding Achievement Award at this year’s Flavours of Herriot food awards.

Paul was given the award by Ian Ashton of the Herriot Attractions Group at a ceremony held at Thirsk Racecourse for his commitment to the Brewery, and in-turn raising the profile of Yorkshire.

The Flavours of Herriot food awards are designed to recognise the contribution of of cafes, restaurants and food producers across the district.

Paul established Black Sheep in 1992.

He originally took over the running of the family’s Theakston’s brewery at the age of 23, when his father died.

When the company was taken over by a larger brewery, Paul, set up the Black Sheep Brewery.

He said: “I am thrilled to be given this award. Brewing has been at the heart of my family for generations and I am honoured to be presented with an award for doing something I love.”