• Acorn Beer Club launched Wednesday 3 October 2018

    The new Acorn Beer Club sees the brewery opening its doors on the last Friday of each month (16.30 to 21.30) to ale lovers who sign up. Membership is free and allows you to buy a ticket for each event – the £5 cost includes a free pint. Members also receive a monthly newsletter and 10% off in the brewery shop. Info at

    Congratulations, also, to Acorn for picking up a Bronze award for Barnsley Bitter in this year’s Champion Beer of Britain contest – a terrific achievement.

  • Houghton Arms reopens this Friday Wednesday 3 October 2018

    This Friday (5th October) sees the reopening of the Houghton Arms after being closed for two weeks. The new landlady is Caroline Clarke who also runs the nearby Middlecliffe WMC. Caroline is local to area and is passionate about supporting the local community. Cask ale will again be on the bar.

  • Popular licencees announce retirement Wednesday 3 October 2018

    Phil and Vicky retired from the Milton Arms, Elsecar at the end of October, but not before receiving a Commitment to Real Ale Award from the Branch. The pub has been bought by True North Brewery who also own the excellent Crown & Anchor, Barugh Green.

  • Woolley Beer Festival Friday 7 September 2018

    Woolley will host its first ever Beer Festival on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th September 2018. Hosted at Barnsley Woolley Miners Cricket Club, near Darton and Mapplewell the festival is raising funds for Martin House Hospice, Woolley Miners Cricket Club and other great causes. Dan Jennings, a local resident has teamed up with James Taylor from Two Roses Brewery and local charities to put on a wide selection of local craft beers from bigger independents through to one-man bands. The usual cricket club bar will be open including a selection of Gins and Prosecco. Food stalls will be available at both sessions. On the Saturday afternoon the festival will be great for families with children’s entertainment and attractions on site. You can even watch the scheduled cricket match. Many local businesses are supporting through providing sponsorship and donations so if you’d like to get involved or need further details please contact the Woolley Beer Festival facebook page. Tickets are £5 which includes a festival glass, programme and live entertainment. • Session 1, Friday 7th September, 1930 – 2300 • Session 2, Saturday 8th September, 1230 – 2300 For tickets and further updates please follow our facebook page @WoolleyBeerFest and the Event page. Spread the word!