Celebrating a decade of Acorn Brewery

Acorn Brewery MD Dave Hughes (left) and Brewery Manager David Broadhead (right) hold up pints of Yorkshire Pride, which will be the featured beer in the House of Commons bar.
Acorn Brewery MD Dave Hughes (left) and Brewery Manager David Broadhead (right) hold up pints of Yorkshire Pride, which will be the featured beer in the House of Commons bar.

A brewery that started small in Wombwell is bubbling ahead and is celebrating 10 years in business with more plans for expansion.

Acorn Brewery, which has seen steady growth and the opening of its own tap, the Old No. 7 in Barnsley, has is planning on launching new beers today along with plans for further investment.

Under the directorship of Dave Hughes, Acorn has won more than 50 consumer and trade accolades, and supplies over 400 pubs directly, with links to national pub companies and regional chains.

The brewery, still based in Wombwell, produces almost 30,000 pints a week. Its top-selling brand, Barnsley Bitter, is brewed with the original yeast strain used by the 19th century Barnsley Brewery.

Last year saw a further £60,000 poured in to conditioning tanks, stainless steel casks and cooling equipment.

And in recent weeks, new work positions have been created in sales and brewing, as sales continue to grow month-on-month. Acorn has its own shop selling beer along with brewery polo shirts, fleeces and caps, and a full mail order service.