Blacksheep Riggwelter Real Ale Boutique beer

Situated in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales, the Black Sheep Brewery has something to offer everyone who love real Ales.

Created in the mid-nineties, Riggwelter is Blacksheep’s flagship Strong ale. They wanted a beer with real strength and depth so they developed a unique recipe built around rich espresso aromas, dark fruit and roasted malt flavours which lends itself perfectly to putting in a bottle. and being served in a restaurant.

Blackseep Riggwelter is a award winning beer which blends itself nicely on our boutique beer menu offering you a wonderful choice of elected award winning beers and lagers; even better that Blacksheep Riggwelter is brewed fairly locally.

Blacksheep Riggwelter Tasting Notes


Roasted malt, hops and banana-fruit.


This strong, velvety ruby brown beer really is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. It is deceptively clean drinking, with a wonderfully complex palate of coffee, bananas and liquorice which rewards you with a long, dry Goldings hop finish.


Blacksheep use a base of Maris Otter malted barley, but add plenty of Pale Chocolate malt to give Riggwelter its rich dark colour, espresso nose and roasted malt flavours.

inally added is a touch of wheat which helps deliver the lovely creamy head and lacing down the glass – just what you would expect from a proper Yorkshire beer!

All Black  sheep bottled ales are suitable for both vegetarians and vegans.

What’s in a name?

Riggwelter Ale takes its name from a local Yorkshire Dales farming term which has Old Norse roots; “rygg” meaning back, and “velte” meaning to overturn. A sheep is said to be rigged or “rigwelted”, when it has rolled onto its back and is unable to get back up without assistance. Do not worry we will always help you up.


Gold 1 Star Award – Great Taste Awards
Gold 2 Star Award – Great Taste Awards
Gold 2 Star Award – Great Taste Awards
Gold 2 Star Award (Riggwelter Plum Pudding) – Great Taste Awards
Bronze Award – International Beer Challenge
Silver Award – Brewing Industry International Award

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