Barnsley Bitter features in the Houses of Parliament

Acorn Brewery of Barnsley raised a glass of its popular Barnsley Bitter at the seat of Government recently, after local MP Stephanie Peacock chose it as the week’s guest ale in the Strangers’ Bar, sited inside the House of Commons.

The beer, a 3.8% rich chestnut malty ale, brewed using the finest quality Maris Otter malt and english hops, was enjoyed by the many MPs and other parliamentarians for whom the Strangers’ Bar is effectively their ‘local’. Dave and Christy Hughes, Managing Director and Director of Business Development, made the trip to Westminster on Tuesday the 12th December to join both Stephanie Peacock and Dan Jarvis.

Stephanie said “I was delighted to arrange for Acorn Brewery to be featured as Parliament’s guest ale this week, and welcome Dave and Christy to the first serving.

“It’s a great opportunity to showcase such a fantastic local brew and show off what Barnsley has to offer.

“Acorn Brewery produces some extremely popular beers, and I’ve no doubt our local bitter will be enjoyed by many down in Westminster.”

Dave Hughes said, “We were delighted that Barnsley Bitter was selected for the Strangers’ Bar and grateful to Stephanie and the team at the bar for making it happen.  We’re very proud of our beers and this was a great opportunity to spread the word about them beyond our usual area of trading.”

Christy added, “We’d love to think that a pint of Barnsley Bitter may have inspired some of our politicians to dream up ground-breaking new policies, but we are nonetheless delighted that so many MPs enjoyed drinking it.”


Barnsley Bitter was made available in the Strangers’ Bar as part of a scheme run by the All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group and the Society of Independent Brewers, to which Acorn Brewery belongs.







Head Brewer Steve Bunting recently visited Stocks Farm in Worcestershire to take part in one of their annual hop walks. Steve brought back with him sacks full of the precious fresh hop cargo and the following morning the Acorn team we’re busy using the First Gold variety for the latest brew of ‘Pretty Green’ which will be a delightful 3.5% ale, vibrantly fresh pale straw in colour. It has a wonderful citrus, sweet orangey aroma and slender spicy notes and will be out and about in pubs and bars near you soon!!!


Acorn Brewery is delighted to announce that two directors of the brewery recently ‘tied the knot’.  Founder and Managing Director Dave Hughes and Business Development Director Christy Winfield, were married at Rogerthorpe Manor near Badsworth on 3rd September. Of course the health and happiness of the bride and groom was toasted with a pint of Barnsley Bitter – what else!!  Dave and Christy then went on to honeymoon in the Maldives – you won’t find any Barnsley Bitter there Dave !!

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.