A NORTH Yorkshire brewery has been recognised on an international scale after receiving a number of prestigious industry awards.

Black Sheep, based at Masham, won four accolades at the World Beer Awards, which were announced at the Hilton London Olympia.

The brewery’s Choc & Orange Stout, which was only launched in May, was the UK winner in the Sweet/Milk/Oatmeal Stout category, and advanced to the global stage of the awards.

Riggwelter was presented with a gold medal in the Strong Dark Beer category, building on its Silver Medal success at last year’s awards.

And Black Sheep Ale claimed a silver in the Amber Pale Ale category while My Generation took home a bronze in the Pale Ale category.

The World Beer Awards form part of the World Drinks Awards, which recognise the best in all internationally recognised styles of drinks.

The accolades coincide with Black Sheep’s 25th anniversary year, with the brewery developing a number of seasonal and permanent beers to its range over the course of 2017, including its first-ever lager, 54 Degrees North, to mark the occasion.

Marketing director Jo Theakston said: “Our World Beer Awards achievements are very timely in what is a special year for Black Sheep, and hopefully we will be celebrating further success in the future with the new additions to our flock.”

He continued: “These latest honours are another big endorsement of our quality brewing credentials and all credit goes to our creative brewing team, who continually produce award-winning beers.”