Wombwell-based Acorn Brewery has a real ale to tell as it celebrates its first 10 years.
Those 10 years have brought more than 50 award as well as a growing international reputation and now there are plans for further new-style brews and investments.
There was, therefore, plenty to drink to when the brewery marked its aniversary at its cask ale pub, the Olde No 7 in Market Hill, Barnsley,
Sales are 16 per cent up on the same period in 2012 and there is to be a £70,000 investment in new cask-washing equipment, extra air conditioning and a keg filler.
Dave Hughes, managing director and head brewer, said: “It is wonderful to be where we are today. We have recently recruited extra staff and are investing in new plant and equipment to supply keg beers. The independent brewing sector has changed dramatically over ten years. To secure the future, we must look ahead and adapt.”
Local MPs and ‘Beer Writer of the Year’ Pete Brown were among guests at the celebration, where they were able to sample Acorn’s Perfect 10 anniversary ale.
Also on tap were Acorn’s famous Gorlovka Imperial Stout in a craft keg version and an oak bourbon barrel aged beer.
Barnsley East MP Michael Dugher said: “It’s fantastic to see this brewery go from strength to strength.”