TWO iconic Yorkshire Dales firms have joined together to create the perfect beer and cheese combination for Christmas.

Masham-based Black Sheep Brewery has used products from the Hawes Wensleydale Creamery to create special gift hampers.

Black Sheep have included two of Wensleydale Creamery's best-selling cheeses alongside its award-winning ales in some of its festive hampers and gift boxes.

The collaboration is designed by the brewery to support a fellow local business by promoting its Yorkshire Wensleydale Cheese and Fountains Gold Cheddar to a wider and alternative customer base.

The brewery has already experienced a 1,500 percent increase in its online sales so far this year and the business expects a further boom during this second lockdown.

Black Sheep chief executive, Charlene Lyons, said “We wanted to promote and support a fellow local business in these challenging times and there’s no better way than to pair Wensleydale Creamery’s delicious cheeses with our own award-winning beers – which make for a fantastic combination!”

Sandra Bell, of Wensleydale Creamery, said: “We are delighted to be working with Black Sheep Brewery to supply our handcrafted cheese for their Christmas hampers and gift boxes.

"It’s a great idea, and one that proudly champions two local independent businesses."

“If you’re looking for that perfect gift or just want to guarantee you can enjoy a taste of Yorkshire come Christmas Day, then this is the perfect choice.”

Richard Flinton, chief executive of North Yorkshire County Council, said: “The run-up to Christmas is a crucial time for businesses and this is an excellent example of mutual support from two famous North Yorkshire brands."