The company, which emerged from administration last May, plans to transform its Masham site into a ‘centre for brewing excellence’ with increased capacity. The new owner, the BREAL Group, has already started work on revamping the brewery’s production facilities in line with its commitment to the brand and ambitious growth plans. Despite the £5million acquisition, the ‘pre-packaged’ deal left taxpayers and other creditors £4million out of pocket.
Breal’s investment includes a new tank farm and state-of-the-art brewhouse at the Wellgarth site, as well as a complete transformation of the capability and capacity at the Fearby road packaging facility. This significant investment will expand cold storage, bottling, kegging, and racking facilities, ensuring the brewery’s sustainability and creating new employment opportunities.
The expansion will support Black Sheep’s plans to grow its customer base nationally and develop new products alongside its core range, as stated by CEO Mark Williams. The BREAL Group’s continued investment aims to take the brand to new heights and make its beers available across the UK. Since BREAL’s acquisition in May 2023, the brewery has collaborated with Piglove Brew Co, launched its first craft ale, Side Quest, and raised funds for rugby legend Rob Burrow MBE through the launch of Burrow’s Blonde.
CEO Charlene Lyons expressed excitement about the investment, which will increase capacity and drive product development and innovation. The team looks forward to leveraging the investment to achieve growth in 2024 and beyond, benefiting both Black Sheep and the wider Masham community.