Black Sheep Brewery has extended out of beer and created its first-ever gin, with plans to produce a full collection of sprits in the future.

Black Sheep Yorkshire Dry Gin is described as “an artisan Yorkshire take on the classic London dry gin”. The gin, which contains a blend of 14 botanicals, is a single shot distilled in a copper alembic still over an open flame and bottled by hand in Masham.

It has a strong focus on citrus flavours and it features a plethora of fruit botanicals, including lemon, orange, apricot, elderberry and pomelo peel along with a touch of spice from pink peppercorns and in a nod to its brewing heritage the gin is finished with malted barley and lemondrop hops.

The launch marks the brewery’s most significant broadening of its drinks range since it successfully introduced its first premium lager, 54 Degrees North, in 2017. The company said the gin will be the first in a collection of spirits produced by the brewery.

Jo Theakston, sales and marketing director, said: “The demand for authentic, premium drinks continues to grow and entering the spirits market is a natural progression for Black Sheep as our range of beers and lager have established a reputation for quality and authenticity – all things that are expected by the new generation of beer drinkers.

“The gin market is continuing to grow, and we strongly believe there is a place for Black Sheep spirits as consumers are looking for authentic, high quality, well-crafted products, which has been the cornerstone of our approach since we started brewing in 1992.”

The gin will be available from the brewery shop and online from the end of this month.