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Pub, Club & Brewery News
It’s been a marvellous summer for real ale drinkers over the summer months in and around Barnsley with lot’s of pubs having beer festivals. Listed are a few that we got to know about.
The Knave and Kestrel at Hoyland, The Keys at Hoyland Common, The Travellers Inn at Dodworth and not to forget the Wortley Mens’ Club.
The interest in beer festivals in pubs and clubs is showing that people of Barnsley are moving on from the “pint of lager” and having a real interest in local beers brewed close to the area. All the listed pubs above had very local beers available, and all reported back on the sales being, well, sold out.
Our own beer festival in Elsecar in September was also a huge success and closed on Saturday night with a good range of beers.
In Goldthorpe the Horse & Groom is closed and up for let, nearby the Rusty Dudley is also up for let. In Thurnscoe the Thurnscoe Hotel which has been boarded up for a number of years has recently been put up for sale. The Cross Keys at Darfield once again appears to be closed.
There are new owners at The Darfield Hotel in Darfield. They have future plans including the possibility of offering cask ale when the current tie ends. The Queen Victoria at Darfield is now offering changing guest ales from Acorn brewery on a permanent basis. At Wombwell the Lundhill Tavern is up for let. In Royston the Pack Horse is currently closed but we hope this is only temporary. In Barnsley a new bar has opened on the Victorian Arcade the 00Bar which is offering a range of craft beers as well as food. At Hoyland, The O’yle In Wall has had a handpump installed but on a recent visit there was no real ale but told that they occasionally offer real ale.
Acorn Brewery - (Sept 2017)
In August, a few of the team popped off up to London to attend the Great British Beer Festival at Olympia and to be there for the Champion Beer of Britain results live from the show. The beer festival is held yearly, and this year marked the 40th anniversary of the event, as well as the 11th time Acorn Brewery’s Barnsley Bitter, has made it to the final of CBOB.
The event is an excellent opportunity for brewers and drinkers to come together to enjoy beer, as it is open to people within the beer industry and members of the public who are passionate about beer.  It was Christy Winfield who is the Acorns director of business development, first time at the show and described it as an “exciting experience with so many choices of beer, filled with amazing opportunities, such as meeting new people. I am so proud of how far I’ve seen the business develop since starting here 6 months ago, and I’m definitely looking forward to the next beer competition we’re involved in!”
Dave, who has attended GBBF much more over the previous years, says that the festival has been “yet another great celebration of Britain’s favourite drink.”
Barnsley Bitter didn’t win the competition, however, the well-deserved prize went to a brilliant beer, Goat’s Milk, by Warwickshire brewery, Church End. Despite returning to Barnsley having won nothing, the team had an exceptional day at GBBF, and would like to congratulate Church End Brewery on their success.
Geeves Brewery - (Sept 2017)  

The father and son team at Geeves have been brewing a couple of new beers. El Derado Red 4.6%; Cadenza 4.3%. And how about a strong, black, 7 month old, imperial stout for Autumn? Well you’ve missed it. It was available on 31st August at the Anglers Rest, Wombwell as we were going to print.
​​​2 Roses Brewery - (Sept 2017)​
The sale of the brewery to the new owners has now been completed and the new brewer Kingsley Veal has been hard at work with the first beer being brewed on 11 August with the assistance of James Taylor, who showed Kingsley around the plant. Since then he has been busy brewing four beers. Sprocket 4.2%; Deckchair 4.1%; Mosaic 4 and Chinook 4%. And to add to the new beers a shiny new brewery van is now doing the deliveries.
Jolly Boys Brewery - (Sept 2017)
The long awaited Jolly Boys’ Tap opened in Wakefield on 15 August and has been a hit with the drinkers of Wakefield from day one. The pub is at 43 Northgate, Wakefield and was a former newsagents shop. Open 4-11 Mon to Thurs and from 12-11 Fri to Sun it offers up to 3 changing Jolly Boys’ beers, Acorn Barnsley Bitter and other guest beers and ciders.
Penistone -  (June 2017)
Is up and running and registered with HMRC etc. They're selling their beers mainly via the White Heart up to present but are looking to sell to a wider audience, they’re also looking to increase output with some additional kit, now they have the consistency right.
They have three brews at the moment, Back Oil Tap, a porter, Ambers Brew, a Gluten free beer & Bombshell, a Blonde beer. A new blonde beer with Honey is on its way which will be called "Queen Bee".