A BREWERY based in a rural market town is celebrating success after its pints impressed the punters in prestigious beer awards.

Black Sheep Brewery, based in Masham, had success with five of its beers in its 25th year at The Beer Awards 2017.

Pathmaker, a brew named after Black Sheep’s founder, Paul Theakston, received four stars, while Black Sheep Ale, Riggwelter, Choc & Orange Stout and My Generation were awarded three stars.

This recognition builds on its success at the World Beer Awards in summer when a number of these beers won four accolades.

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.

Black Sheep Brewery was also named Beer Champion 2017 by the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) in recognition of the range of activities organised to celebrate its 25th anniversary, including the development of new seasonal and permanent beers.

Jo Theakston, sales and marketing director at Black Sheep Brewery, said: “Our anniversary year has continued to deliver more success and credit must go to our creative brewing team who continually produce great tasting beers that are enjoyed by so many drinkers across the UK.

“The Beer Awards bring together many of the big names within the industry, so it is refreshing to see that our brews have been so well received by the respected judging panel.

“It’s always nice to fly the flag for Yorkshire at national industry awards, and we may have to make further room on our mantelpiece to accommodate this latest success.”