Acorn Brewery Visit 2017 GBBF

Last week, on Tuesday 8th August, Acorn Brewery’s Managing Director Dave Hughes, Director of Business Development Christy Winfield, Head Brewer Steve Bunting and Company Accountant Michael Thorpe hopped on a train down to London to attend the GBBF, held at Olympia. The competition is held yearly, and this year marks the 40th anniversary of the event, as well as the 11th time Acorn Brewery’s most well-known beer, Barnsley Bitter, has made it to the final.

The event is an excellent opportunity for brewers and drinkers to come together to enjoy beer, as it is open to people within the beer industry and members of the public who are passionate about beer. It goes without saying that there’s a huge variety of beers on offer, as well as fantastic London street food and live bands over the course of 4 days – what more could you want?!

Speaking of her first time attending GBBF, Christy described it as an “exciting experience with so many choices of beer, filled with amazing opportunities, such as meeting new people.”

“I am so proud of how far I’ve seen the business develop since starting here 6 months ago,” says Christy, “and I am definitely looking forward to the next beer competition we are involved in!”

Dave, who has attended GBBF much more over the previous years, says that the festival has been “yet another great celebration of Britain’s favourite drink.”

Barnsley Bitter didn’t win the competition, however, the prize went to a brilliant beer, Goat’s Milk, by a well-deserved Warwickshire brewery, Church End. Despite returning to Barnsley having won nothing, the team had an exceptional day at GBBF, and would like to congratulate Church End Brewery on their success.



The next round of the Barnsley Beer and Business Club will take place from 5pm to 7pm on Wednesday 7th May in the splendid Panorama Room at The Civic Hanson Street Barnsley.

Once again there will be beer! This time courtesy of the generosity of the Yorkshire Bank. So as we will be into June, we will have a barrel of the appropriately named Summer Pale along with some of the famous canapes provided Greg from the Oak Star Café.

However it’s not all about the beer and food, it is a great chance to chat in a relaxed atmosphere after work with a few other Barnsley Business people.  This will be our last Beer and Business Club meeting before we take a break for the summer, so please do try and put some space in your diary to pop in any time between 5pm and 7pm on Wednesday 7th June.

Tickets as always are free and are available at Eventbrite

If you would like more information please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

David Broadhead

Acorn Brewery

01226 270734

Look forward to seeing you there.



2 New Bottle Additions to the Acorn Range


You can now sample the latest additions to the Acorn range (Thunderstruck and Freebird) in cask, keg and just out is the new 330ml bottle version.

Freebird is a 5.7 %  American style pale ale with a crisp bitterness and a high zesty aroma. Brewed with Chinook, Cluster and Cascade hops.

Thunderstruck is also 5.7% but this one is a Jet Black IPA. Sacks full of USA Bravo & Cascade Hops give it a fruity, floral aroma. We’ve also dry hopped with Chinook hops for a grapefruit, citrus encore!

We think both beers are sensational, but don’t just take our word for it!




Darkness Final

We’re delighted to announce that the brewery picked up a bronze award for ‘Darkness’ Mild Ale in the Champion Beer of Great Britain competition.

Darkness was up against beers from brewers across the country and the award was presented at a gala dinner evening at London’s Olympia Hilton hotel. This was the culmination of almost a year of local tasting panels and regional heats ahead of the final competition at CAMRA’s Great British Beer Festival at Olympia.

Acorn’s Managing Director Dave Hughes said ‘this is another huge achievement for the brewery and great recognition of all the hard work that the team put in to producing our beers’.

The Brewery is no stranger to success at these awards as this most recent achievement follows on from the Silver certificate awarded to Barnsley Bitter in last year’s event. Barnsley Bitter also reached the finals again this year and has now featured in the final round of judging on no less than 8 occasions.  Dave Hughes also commented, ‘we are so pleased that Barnsley Bitter made it through to the finals again, it’s real acknowledgement that we can consistently brew great quality beer that is appreciated by a panel of the most respected tasting judges in the country.