Barnsley Bitter features in the Houses of Parliament

Acorn Brewery of Barnsley raised a glass of its popular Barnsley Bitter at the seat of Government recently, after local MP Stephanie Peacock chose it as the week’s guest ale in the Strangers’ Bar, sited inside the House of Commons.

The beer, a 3.8% rich chestnut malty ale, brewed using the finest quality Maris Otter malt and english hops, was enjoyed by the many MPs and other parliamentarians for whom the Strangers’ Bar is effectively their ‘local’. Dave and Christy Hughes, Managing Director and Director of Business Development, made the trip to Westminster on Tuesday the 12th December to join both Stephanie Peacock and Dan Jarvis.

Stephanie said “I was delighted to arrange for Acorn Brewery to be featured as Parliament’s guest ale this week, and welcome Dave and Christy to the first serving.

“It’s a great opportunity to showcase such a fantastic local brew and show off what Barnsley has to offer.

“Acorn Brewery produces some extremely popular beers, and I’ve no doubt our local bitter will be enjoyed by many down in Westminster.”

Dave Hughes said, “We were delighted that Barnsley Bitter was selected for the Strangers’ Bar and grateful to Stephanie and the team at the bar for making it happen.  We’re very proud of our beers and this was a great opportunity to spread the word about them beyond our usual area of trading.”

Christy added, “We’d love to think that a pint of Barnsley Bitter may have inspired some of our politicians to dream up ground-breaking new policies, but we are nonetheless delighted that so many MPs enjoyed drinking it.”


Barnsley Bitter was made available in the Strangers’ Bar as part of a scheme run by the All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group and the Society of Independent Brewers, to which Acorn Brewery belongs.