Masham is home to two breweries – Theakston’s and its newer neighbour, the Black Sheep Brewery. Follow the brewing process at Theakston’s Brewery and see a cooper making perfect casks before you visit the in-brewery pub, The Black Bull in Paradise.
Guided tours enable visitors to see the Black Sheep Brewery brewhouse in action and sample a few beers back in the bar. The Black Sheep Bistro offers fine Yorkshire food, including a hint of Black Sheep beer in their Yorkshire Beef and Riggwelter Ale Pie or Beer Battered Fish and Chips.
Copper Dragon’s one hour’s brewery tour takes you right through the brewing and fermentation process just outside Skipton before you try Golden Pippin or Blonde Obsession or look out for Copper Dragon’s monthly edition cask ales.
Richmond Brewery Company is housed in Richmond’s former railway station. Watch their artisan brewing in progress with a tour of the brewery and try Stump Cross Ale or Station Ale, named after the home of the brewery. .
Nestling in picturesque Dentdale Dent Brewery supplies cask ale to many locations across the north of England and has a tap-house in Dent at the George and Dragon Hotel.
The Wensleydale Brewery, just outside Leyburn, offers small tours if booked in advance. In February 2013, Geoff and Carl became the youngest Brewery owners in the UK. Four bottled beers and eight in their cask range, beers can be sampled at the Brewery.
Other excellent Yorkshire Dales breweries include the Yorkshire Dales Brewery at Askrigg, the Dark Horse Brewery near Hetton, and the Kirkby Lonsdale Brewery, Settle Brewery, and Wharfedale Brewery.
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