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Celebrating Barnsley Bitter at Westminster
Celebrating Barnsley Bitter at Westminster
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A BIT’o’Barnsley Bitter is going down well in Westminster.

The award-winning ale produced by Wombwell’s Acorn Brewery was introduced to the Strangers’ Bar in the House of Commons last week.

Barnsley East MP Michael Dugher introduced the northern brew from his constituency - then got behind the bar to pull a few pints himself!

He was joined in the bar by fellow MP and Barnsley Bitter fan John Healey, along with Dave Hughes and David Broadhead from Acorn Brewery.

The brewery was started up in 2003 by Dave Hughes with wife Judi. He quickly outgrew his first premises but remained in Wombwell to expand steadily. Six months ago he took over a pub in Barnsley town centre to showcase Acorn’s beers, and it proved such a success he is casting his eye around for a second outlet, that may be a community pub.

Mr Dugher said: “I wanted to get Barnsley Bitter served in Westminster as I think it is a great opportunity to showcase such a fantastic local brew, and to share some of Barnsley’s finest produce with colleagues in Parliament.”

He continued: “It was great that Dave Hughes and Dave Broadbent could come down to see how well it is being received.

“Acorn Brewery produces many popular beers so hopefully this will be the first of many local bitters enjoyed by parliamentarians.”