BLACK Sheep Brewery is once again championing British brewing after scooping nine medals at the annual World Beer Awards.

It represents the biggest haul yet for the Masham-based brewery and awards highlights include Riggwelter cask ale being named the country winner in the dark beer category and Peanut Brittle Stout winning a gold medal in the Flavoured Stout & Porter award.

Dan Scott Paul, head brewer at Black Sheep, said: “Needless to say, we are over the moon with these awards, not least because they recognise both our established brands, but also our ‘new wave’ craft beer offering, which really push the boundaries in terms of taste profiles.

“Every year the awards see an incredible number of entries, from some of the very best brewers all around the world.

"As such, it’s great to fly the flag for the UK in this way, and winning these awards is testament to the hugely talented and committed team we have in Masham and beyond.”

The World Beer Awards are the global awards selecting the very best in all the international recognised styles.

They award and promote the world’s best beers to consumers and trade audiences internationally.

Drawing on the expertise of over 200 international judges, the World Beer Awards ensure that each entry is judged both rigorously and fairly to give it its best chance in the competition.

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