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5th November 2012

Acorn celebrates brewing triumph with MP

South Yorkshire’s expanding Acorn Brewery has toasted a top accolade from the North’s independent brewers – with the help of local MP Michael Dugher.


The Barnsley brewer’s Old Moor Porter (4.4%) triumphed with a Gold award in its class at the SIBA (Society of Independent Brewers) North Region Beer Competition. It now goes forward to compete in the SIB National Competition in early  2013.


Held at the SIBA Great Northern Beer Festival in Manchester, the annual contest judged a total of 265 cask and 122 bottled beers across 13 categories. SIBA North is the national organisation’s largest region with more than 170 member brewers. The award coincided with visit to the Wombwell brewer by Mr Dugher, MP for Barnsley East and a member of the shadow cabinet (see photograph) who raised a glass to the win.


Old Moor Porter is ‘full bodied Victorian style porter with hints of liquorice and fruit cake and a long mellow finish’. It has won several awards from both SIBA and Camra (Campaign for Real Ale) over the past few years.


Acorn sales manager David Broadhead said: “This was an excellent result. For Old Moor Porter to be once again recognised, against very stiff competition, by SIBA is very welcome. It came just in time for a visit from Michael Dugher, who has supported the brewery by selecting Barnsley Bitter for sale in the House of Commons earlier in the year. He was very happy to raise a toast to our success.


“Porter is one of Britain’s most traditional beer styles now enjoying revival. We are particularly pleased to be playing a lead part in that revival. We are seeing very healthy sales growth and Old Moor Porter is a great asset to our portfolio”
“I also had chance to raise some trade issues such as local beer in local supermarkets – Acorn have recently been successful in getting bottled beers into some local Sainsbury’s stores – and the very unpopular annual beer duty escalator which is due for debate soon. He seemed very interested in our views.”


Since launch in 2003 the Wombwell brewery has won more than 50 awards for its core beers – Barnsley Bitter, Barnsley Gold,
Old Moor Porter, Sovereign, Gorlvoka Imperial Stout, Acorn Blonde and Yorkshire Pride
. Acorn now directly supplies more than 400 pubs in the North and delivers regularly to London, while business grows with leading pub companies. Recently production capacity was expanded to some 150 brewer’s barrels or more than 40,000 pints a week. Ends/Ref: Acorn108MP 


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Old Moor Porter has collected many awards since Acorn launched nine years ago and was voted SIBA (Society of Independent Brewers) National Champion 2004 and claimed a bronze at the Camra (Campaign for Real Ale) National Winter Ales Festival 2008. Barnsley Bitter took Silver Award winner in its class at Camra’s Great British Beer Festival 2006, the biggest celebration of beer in the UK.
Acorn’s success reflects the burgeoning market for craft cask-conditioned ale (see Cask Report 2012*) as discerning beer drinkers snub global brands.