Acorn Brewery’s famous Barnsley Bitter has triumphed as the joint 3rd best bitter in Britain having received a Bronze award at the Champion Beer of Britain competition for 2018.

The top accolade comes from Camra (Campaign for Real Ale) following a blind tasting among judges from the industry.

Acorn’s managing director and head brewer Dave Hughes said: “Competition in the UK among cask-ales brewers is ferocious, so we are absolutely delighted that Camra have voted our Barnsley Bitter as the joint 3rd best bitter in Britain. It is yet more great praise for the first brand we brewed as a traditional Yorkshire style bitter when we started up 15 years ago.”

The chestnut coloured Barnsley Bitter (3.8%) is brewed using Maris Otter malt and English hops and has won many top accolades since Acorn launched in 2003.

In 2006 and 2015 Barnsley Bitter also triumphed with silver in class at the Champion Beer of Britain Awards.

The original yeast strain from the Barnsley Brewery of the 1800s is used in all Acorn brands that include core beers Barnsley Gold, Old Moor Porter, Gorlovka Imperial Stout and Yorkshire Pride alongside Barnsley Bitter. Acorn has won more than 50 awards in 15 years.

Dave Hughes adds: “Our beers are brewed using the same yeast strain as the original and famous Barnsley Brewery, so I believe this is a real feather in the cap for the town as well as for Acorn. “