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COVID-19 Statement

In the current climate we would like to re-assure all of our customers that we are taking the current situation with COVID-19 very seriously and are taking all precautions to help prevent any potential spread of the virus.

The team at Acorn have been provided with the latest government & NHS guidelines.

Given that the work we carry out, to provide you all with amazing beers, the hygiene standards that the team adhere to are of an extremely high standard. We will continue to produce our beer and delivery them to all the fantastic small businesses. 

If we are delivering to you, there are a couple of steps we are asking you and your team to follow to ensure we keep the potential risk to a low. 

  1. All our drivers have been provided with hand sanitiser, however, we would like to ask that you make them aware where they can wash and clean their hands  when they arrive with your delivery
  2. We are sure that you and your team are applying a high level of due diligence when handling cash and deliveries meaning you and your team are washing your hands before handling any payments, empty casks and our delivery device.
  3. If you have any requirements for our team when making your deliveries please let them now. 

Important Beer Club Announcement

Hi all Acorn Family & Friends.

We have an important update on the future of Acorn’s Beer Club. It’s been over 18 months now that Beer Club has been up and running & during this time the whole team have enjoyed getting to know our members and being able to enjoy a few lovely pints with you all.

After many management meetings to scope the forthcoming years of Acorn Brewery we have taken the very hard decision to change Beer Club. It’s becoming increasingly difficult to remove brew days to accommodate the transformation of the brewery into a space for members of the public to attend the Beer Club, that being said we do not want to remove the opportunity for us all to get together on a permanent basis.  So how is it going to work? This year Acorn Brewery will open its doors to two festivals. One in April and one in September. The festival will be open Friday and Saturday, with a wide selection of Acorn & Guest Ales, along with a small selection of spirits. There will be entertainment as well as a selection of street food available.  

We will be looking to hold a Beer Club ‘Social’ on other dates throughout the year at the Old No7. as well as arranging trips to events within the beer world & ale trails for instance. Details of which will be shared via Social Media. This will still give people the opportunity to catch up and enjoy a pint or two & us the opportunity to meet with you all.

We understand that this may not be the news that members wanted to hear, but we hope that everyone understands the reasoning behind the decision & look forward to some exciting events to come.

If you have any questions at all please contact christy on info@acorn-brewery.co.uk

WE ARE HIRING

Job title: Brewery Operative / Drayman

Address: Aldham Industrial Estate, Mitchell Rd, Wombwell, Barnsley S73 8HA

Working hours: FT Hours 40 Hours P/Week

Salary: Competitive Salary rates

Drayman / Brewery Operative Vacancy Available

Introduction: The award-winning, well established Acorn Brewery of Barnsley are looking for a well organised, enthusiastic individual with a flexible attitude. The role will include safely delivering beers to customers, as well as conducting daily tasks within the brewery.

Roles & Receptibilities:

  • Delivering alcohol to pubs and restaurants within a designated area
  • Safely loading and unloading of vehicle
  • Working within a customer focussed environment. Acting in a professional and courteous manner at all times
  • Accurate checking on goods on delivery
  • Safe manual handling of materials and components
  • Cask Cleaning
  • Acceptance of deliveries  
  • Any other duties as deemed necessary by your manager.

Skills and Experience

  • Full UK Driving License held for minimum of 2 years
  • Quality, customer focussed and results orientated
  • Enthusiastic and have a flexible approach to ways of working, including working hours
  • Physically fit as heavy lifting involved
  • Forklift license desirable but not necessary

£2565 Raised for Macmillan

Barnsley’s champion Acorn Brewery are excited and pleased to announce the results from their recent Charity event, Beer with an Auctioneer.  

Over a year ago the Brewery launched a Beer Club, which takes place on the last Friday of the month, the brewery undergoes a transformation every month to convert a working brewery into a brewery tap, right in the heart of Barnsley.

Over the last year membership numbers have grown to over 350 people joining the club, which is phenomenal, to say the least.

Christy Hughes (Director of business development) said; when it came to planning the September club, we really wanted to get involved with the Macmillan Coffee Morning event, as it dropped on the same day. We have such an amazing customer base that we wanted to leverage this to help raise some cash for a good cause.

The dilemma was that the drink we serve up is a little stronger than a coffee so we had to think of something that could raise money but fit with the beer club. We went for ‘A Beer with an Auctioneer’ I reached out to a good friend (Alan Leonard) whom has supported a number of charity events in the past. He agreed to give up his time and be the Auctioneer. I contacted local firms and asked for prizes to be donated, the team were overwhelmed with the responses, with donations rolling in from local gyms, Barnsley football club to bars and local breweries we build an excellent catalogue to auction off.

We agreed as a business that the normal £5.00 entry fee for the beer club would also go toward funds that we raised.

With the entry fees, funds from the auction and the kind donations on our just giving page we hit a grand total of £2565 by closing time on the 27th. What a tremendous amount that we are able to hand over to Macmillan. The team at Acorn cannot thanks everyone that was involved enough. What a great community we have, it really is overwhelming to see such kindness. See you again next year!

WE ARE RAISING MONEY IN AID OF MACMILLAN

Last year we commenced a Beer Club at our Brewery. This means that we open up the Brewery on the last Friday of the month to allow people to drink and see where the beer is made. It’s fair to say it’s a great success, so with this in mind we decided to take advantage of the fact we have a good following and raise some money for charity.

With the last Friday in September dropping on Macmillan Coffee Morning day, we wanted to get involved. What we sell is much stronger than coffee so we have had to put a twist on the event and gone with ‘A Beer with an Auctioneer’ event. The plan is to Auction off prizes to raise money. We are asking local businesses if they would like to donate any form of prizes to Auction off, in return, we will do the following:

  • Advertise the company on our website, social media platforms and any press releases that we conduct for the event
  • We will give 2 free tickets to the Event
  • A big Public Thank You to the company.

Examples of what we have so far:

  • Brew beer for the day at Acorn, for 4 people. (Acorn)
  • A family photoshoot for an hour and 40 free pictures (Richard Graham Photography)
  • T-shirts – (Ossett Beercart)
  • £600 Bawtry Paintballing Tickets (Bawtry Paintball Field)
  • 6 Owlerton Dog Racing Tickets – (Owlerton)
  • Barnsley FC home league game tickets and signed football (The Super Reds)
  • Local breweries have donated bottles of beer (Abbeydale, Ossett, Bank top, Nail Maker)
  • 4 ball round of Golf at Waterfront Golf Course (Waterfront golf course)
  • 3 Month Gym membership (Combat Academy)
  • Beer Hamper (Acorn)
  • Pamper Hamper (Acorn)
  • Meal Vouchers (George & Dragon @Wentworth, The Wentworth @ Mapplewell)
  • Tickets for Yorkshire Wildlife Park
  • Lazer quest tickets (Xscape)
  • A bottle of gin (Nail Maker)
  • Gym and spa day pass *2, (Burntwood Court)
  • T-shirt – (The Fat Cat)
  • Signed Photo of David Attenborough (Beer Club Member- Alex Forrest)

The list is growing daily!

Please support us in any way. Donations or purchase a ticket for the event by calling 01226 270 734 or emailing info@acorn-brewery.co.uk

We are recruiting for a Senior Brewer

A very rare opportunity for a Senior Brewer to join our team has arisen

The award winning, well established Acorn Brewery of Barnsley are looking for a well organised, enthusiastic individual to join and lead the production team, the successful individual will be an experienced leader within the brewery industry, they will be responsible for all aspects of brewery operations: brewing, packaging, warehousing. They will be competent in planning and scheduling production based on forecasted sales. Maintain and execute all functions according to policy and procedure, safety requirements, and best practice.

Job Responsibilities, including but not limited to:

  • People management of the Brewery Team
  • Managing & updating all records in line with SIBA FSQ & SALSA for Beer
  • Ensure that Good Manufacturing Policies are adherence to
  • Innovation & process improvements
  • Management of Raw Materials & packaging of beer
  • Monitoring all aspect of the brew, including, Monitor gravities, temperatures & carbonations daily
  • Forecast sales & plan production to meet requirements.
  • Development of new & existing recipes
  • Purchasing of raw material
  • Oversee quality controls
  • Training of Brewery team
  • Representing Acorn various tours, events, festivals & other promotions
  • Communicate regularly & efficiently with all staff.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Skills and Experience

  • 5 years’ experience in brewing industry
  • Experience managing staff
  • Brewing or related degree preferred
  • Strong problem-solving skills
  • Excellent Communication Skill
  • Full UK Driving License
  • Flexibility and adaptability to changing workloads
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills
  • The capability to prioritise tasks and work under pressure

Email info@acorn-brewery.co.uk with your CV.

ACORN BREWERY WIN TWO GOLD AWARDS AT SIBA NORTH EAST BEER AWARDS

Barnsley’s long-standing Acorn Brewery has once again been successful in receiving awards for both Barnsley Bitter and Yorkshire Pride at the SIBA North East Region Competition 2019, held in Gateshead.

Judges had a tough job separating the pack as the standard was extremely high once again. The winners from the SIBA competition are officially the best independent craft beers in the North East area, something brewers should be extremely proud of.” Ian Fozard, SIBA Chairman.

Acorn’s Barnsley Bitter triumphed with a Gold award in its class (Cask British Bitter, up to 4.4%) with Yorkshire Pride also taking Gold in its class (Bottle/Can British Bitter, up to 4.4%)

Barnsley Bitter took Gold for the 2nd time in 5 years in its class, Managing Director Dave Hughes said ‘Yet again our flagship beer, Barnsley Bitter which we have been brewing in Barnsley for the last 16 years has picked up a fantastic award that confirms the consistency and quality that the team at Acorn Brewery produce week in week out.

I am so proud of the beer produced for our customers, the team work extremely hard to ensure we delivered on our one of our business values (Quality) and we are thankful that our customers continue to support the Acorn brand daily. Without the customer we would not be able to achieve what we have done over the years.

It is the third accolade for Yorkshire Pride since Acorn began brewing the pale golden bitter, Director of business development, Christy Hughes, said ‘I’m extremally proud to have received this award, being judged by our peers. Yorkshire Pride is my personal favourite from our core range so I was over the moon when news of the award reached me on behave of the whole team at Acorn Brewery.

Both beers will now be automatically entered into the SIBA National Independent Beer Awards 2020 at BeerX

Part-time Brewery Operative/ Drayman Required

Job title: Brewery Operative / Drayman

Address: Aldham Industrial Estate, Mitchell Rd, Wombwell, Barnsley S73 8HA

Working hours: PT hours minimum of 20 hour p/week  

Salary: Competitive Salary rates I

Roles & Receptibilities:

  • Delivering alcohol to pubs and restaurants within a designated area
  • Safely loading and unloading of vehicle
  • Working within a customer focussed environment. Acting in a professional and courteous manner at all times
  • Accurate checking on goods on delivery
  • Safe manual handling of materials and components
  • Cask Cleaning
  • Acceptance of deliveries  
  • Any other duties as deemed necessary by your manager.

Skills and Experience

  • Full UK Driving License held for minimum of 2 years
  • Quality, customer focussed and results orientated
  • Enthusiastic and have a flexible approach to ways of working, including working hours
  • Physically fit as heavy lifting involved
  • Forklift license desirable but not necessary