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15th June 2012


South Yorkshire’s fast growing Acorn Brewery will celebrate a top accolade for its ‘brewery tap’- the Old No7 in Barnsley – during a four day beer extravaganza in July.

The Wombwell brewer’s pub in the Market Hill was earlier this year hailed as the town’s number one hostelry by real ale fans. The top CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) ‘Local Pub of the Year’ accolade came only months after the Old No 7 was launched as a ‘cask ale haven’.

Over four days from 12 noon on Thursday July 5 the pub will offer 21 cask ales along with ten premier ciders and perries and a selection of top quality lagers and wheat beers.

The cask ale line up will includes several Sheffield brews and ales from Revolutions Brewery in Castleford, the Rat Brewery in Huddersfield and Staffordshire’s Townhouse Brewery. The craft keg beers selection sees the debut appearances of  Old Scratch from US brewer Flying Dog and dark wheat beer Laughing Clown from Magic Rock.

On Friday night Barnsley Camra members will present the ‘Local Pub of the Year’ trophy to Acorn boss Dave Hughes and the pub staff. Also on Friday evening there will be a tutored cider tasting session. Meet the Brewer sessions will be held throughout the weekend and entry is free.

Acorn unveiled the ‘brewery tap’ last August after Dave and Judi Hughes ploughed £180,000 into restoring the Grade 2 listed property, which closed in 2010. Originally an ironmongery in the 18th century the pub was licensed in 1925. Refurbishment work restored several original features and the solid wooden bar displays nine hand pumps.

Dave Hughes said: “The aim of the festival is to not only showcase our own beers but also feature award winning beers from many other top craft brewers. I will be a celebration of the top Camra recognition so soon after opening.

“We set out to make the Old No 7 a top destination pub for cask ales, not just our own beers but also for quality craft ales in general and we are very pleased that this strategy seems to be working well to offer Barnsley and South Yorkshire something very different.”

Ends/Ref: Acorn PR 104/ Old No 7 Beer Festival July 2012

*Note to editors: Acorn’s permanent portfolio includes Acorn Blonde, Barnsley Bitter, Old Moor Porter, Barnsley Gold and Gorlovka Imperial Stout. Since start-up in July 2003 Acorn has won more than fifty awards from both Camra (Campaign for Real Ale) and trade bodies.

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