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£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

DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO SELL EXCELLENT TRADTIONAL CASK ALE?

Job title: Sales Account Manager

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

Working hours: Monday – Friday. Core hours of 8:00 – 17.30 with flexibility when required

Salary: Very Competitive Salary rates with commission

Introduction: The award-winning, well established Acorn Brewery of Barnsley are looking for a well organised, enthusiastic individual to sell Acorn Products to existing customers, as well as generating new accounts. We are a traditional, award winning cask ale brewery dealing mainly in Cask & Bottles.

Roles & Receptibilities:

  • Outbound/ Inbound telesales with existing customers
  • Developing Leads
  • Sales Appointments
  • Web Research & Telephone Research
  • Networking at functions
  • Building, maintaining, and managing a healthy sales pipeline
  • Visiting clients
  • Closing Sales
  • Developing Strategy
  • Other Marketing and Sales activities.
  • Management of Social Media

Skills and Experience

  • Must have experience in the industry
  • A very strong sales background
  • Telesales Experience
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills
  • The capability to prioritise tasks and work under pressure
  • Ability to liaise well with others
  • Strong communication skills
  • Ability to work on your own initiative
  • Attention to detail is key
  • Flexibility and adaptability to changing workloads
  • Full UK Driving License

Please email you CV to info@acorn-brewery.co.uk

Acorn Brewery Take Gold & Bronze.

Barnsley’s long-standing Acorn Brewery has once again been successful in receiving awards for both Old Moor Porter and Yorkshire Pride at the SIBA North East Region Competition 2018, held in York

 

Acorn’s Old Moor Porter triumphed with a bronze award in its class (Cask British Dark Beers, up to 4.4%) with Yorkshire Pride taking Gold in its class (Bottle/Can British Bitter, up to 4.4%)

It is the first 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, from judges by our peers. Yorkshire Pride is my personal favorite from our core range so I was over the moon to accept the award on behave of the whole team at Acorn Brewery. I’ll be looking forward to seeing how the ale progresses in the SIBA Beer X National final early next year.’

Old Moor Porter took a Bronze for the 3rd time running in its class, Managing Director Dave Hughes said ‘Yet again our Old Moor Porter has picked up a fantastic award that confirmed 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. This will be Acorns 3rd award this month have been awarded joint Bronze for Barnsley Bitter in its class at the Campaign for Real Ales Champion Beer of Britain Awards.

We look forward to the future and hope to see our customers enjoy our award-winning ales down at the Acorn Beer Club, which we kick off on the 31st August.

 

ACORN BREWERY WIN ANOTHER AWARD

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. “

 

Acorn Brewery Celebrate their 15th Birthday!

The team down at the Wombwell based Acorn Brewery are celebrated their 15th birthday. It was last week in 2003 when the Cask Ale Crew produced their first brew of the much renowned and multi award winning Barnsley Bitter. So now that Acorn Brewery is well into its teenage years, the brewery boys and girls have been developing a Decades range, which has involved the public naming the beer.

Christy Hughes (Director of Business Development) said ‘The Decades range has been rather exciting. We want to involve our customers in the brew process, we thought what better way to do so by inviting our customers to name the beer, with the winner’s name featuring on the pump clip. So far, we have run three competitions with a further three to take place, watch for more details on Social Media.’

Acorn marked their 15th year of brewing by holding a party at the brewery, they were joined by customers, supplier, family as well as, Stephanie Peacock MP of Barnsley East. Dave Hughes (Managing Director) said ‘We’re starting our 15th year on a real high, we have refurbished the brewery in preparation to open the Acorn Brewery Club, which all the team are very excited about. The last Friday of every month we will be inviting our customers to join the Acorn Brewery Club, giving everyone the opportunity to come along and enjoy a pint of two here at the brewery.The past year has been an excellent one for the brewery with new members joining the team and now the introduction of the Acorn Brewery Club.

Acorn now regularly brews and sells around 30,000 pints of beer a week. They supply to over 400 pubs in the UK, all the major supermarkets and also export a range of beers to Italy. Currently a consignment of ‘Yorkshire Pride’ beer is in the brewery waiting to be shipped to Southampton bound for one of the P&O cruise ships, making Acorn a truly global beer!