History

tanks02Established in May 2003 by former chef Dave Hughes and his late wife Judi, Acorn Brewery is located to the east of the Pennines in the village of Wombwell, Barnsley.

Having worked for Barnsley Brewery as Head Brewer for two years, Dave decided to go it alone, purchased a ten barrel brewplant from the Forester & Firkin brewpub in Stafford and moved it to premises in Wombwell.

Following a lot of hard work by Dave and his assistant brewer Steve Bunting, and despite some initial set backs, the brewplant was commissioned and production of Acorn Brewery Barnsley Bitter began on 4th July 2003, using the same yeast strain as the original Barnsley Brewery, founded in the 1850′s. Since then, sales have grown steadily and the range of beers has increased.

Acorn Brewery has developed a popular Yorkshire brand and is currently supplying over 400 free trade outlets and 3 national wholesalers.

 

Awards

Since the very first brew of Acorn Barnsley Bitter back in 2003 the brewery has amassed over 50 awards for the quality of its’ cask and bottled beers.

We’re very proud of all the awards from small regional beer festivals all the way through to prestigious national competitions. We still continue to enter our beer into competitions, because we still get such a thrill from getting recognition from the people whose opinions really matter – people who enjoy drinking good beer.

Here is a small selection of some of our awards:

  • Barnsley Bitter
    • Champion Beer of Britain Silver CAMRA 2006
    • Champion Beer of Britain Finalist CAMRA 2007
    • Champion Beer of Britain Finalist CAMRA 2008
    • Champion Beer of Britain Finalist CAMRA 2012
    • Champion Beer of Britain Finalist CAMRA 2013
    • Champion Beer of Britain Silver CAMRA 2015
  • DARKNESS
    • Champion Beer of Britain Bronze CAMRA 2016
    • 2013
  • Barnsley Gold
    • Champion Beer of Britain Finalist CAMRA 2004
    • Champion Beer of Yorkshire 2004
    • Best Bitter Category Bronze SIBA North Beer Competition 2007
  • Old Moor Porter
    • Porters/Old Ales/Stouts Category Gold SIBA North Beer Competition 2004
    • Champion Winter Beer of Britain Bronze CAMRA 2008
    • Champion Winter Beer of Britain Finalist CAMRA 2009
    • Champion Winter Beer of Britain Finalist CAMRA 2011
    • North Beer Competition Gold SIBA 2012
    • Gold Sheffield Steel City Beer Festival 2013
    • Gold International Bottled Beer Awards 2015
  • Gorlovka
    • Winter Beer of Britain Finalist CAMRA 2007
    • Winter Beer of Britain Gold CAMRA 2010
    • Winter Beer of Britain Finalist CAMRA 2012