Pub & Brewery News

Acorn Brewery -  (June 2017)
New beer Scarlet Oak 4.5% is out as we write this,  while British Oak 4.5% will be out at the end of June. Steph Woods (landlady of the New Barrack Tavern Hillsborough) is now going to head up the day to day sales aspects of the brewery. Also making a brief reappearance in a few selected bars and pubs was Freebird the 5.7% American Pale Ale.

Jolly Boys Brewary - (June 2017)
The recent IPA (5.5%) officially launched at Barnsley Beer Festival by the Jolly Boys team is a great addition to their range of beers. The Brewery, as we go to press, are about to open a brewery tap in Wakefield.

Penistone Brewery - (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".

Maison Du Brasserie (Brewery) - (June 2017)
The Maison Du Bière shop at Elsecar Heritage Centre has expanded into 3 units now. It includes the shop, tap and offsales tap hatch. Now the kit has been bought for the brewery and is at Elsecar, they hope to be up and running in around three months.

The Cross Keys at Darfield has reopened and Cask ale is available. Recent beers have included Hobgoblin and Black Sheep Bitter.

The Queen Victoria at Darfield now has Cask Ale; locally sourced beers have included Bradfield Blonde, Stancill Barnsley Bitter & Acorn Yorkshire Pride.

Also in the Darfield Cricket Club is offering cask ale for the duration of the Cricket season.

The East Dene Club, Barnsley is offering its members a selection of bottled beers, not real ale but it’s a step in the right direction on choice.

One of Barnsley’s oldest pubs the Black Bull at Stairfoot has recently closed and is up for sale by owners Enterprise.

The Old Bakery Mapplewell recently opened. This is a micro pub proving very popular with the locals and visitors, offering 6 real ales and cider.

Meanwhile, also in Mapplewell the Wentworth Arms (Barnbrooks) reopened following a substantial refurbishment. The pub is owned by the same people as the nearby Talbot Inn. The pub has 4 real ales and will trade as a traditional community pub.

The Knave & Kestrel micro pub in Hoyland is open and selling a selection of cask ales. The pub also has a small room at the back that could be used for meetings.

At Hoyland Common The Tap & Brew opened at the end of June and offers 6 real ales and cider.

Plans have been submitted for a micro pub in Darton in the old Co-op building.

The Dearne Tap in Bolton on Dearne is now selling Cask ale. Recent beers include Bradfield Farmers Blonde.

While in Goldthorpe the Picture House Tap continues to offer a great range of cask ales and has a quiz night every Thursday.

There are new local licensees at The Crown Inn, Elsecar. It was great to know that the new team here aren’t making too many changes.

The Foxhouse at Carlecoates has reopened following a major refurb.

The Government announced measures to close a planning loophole in England which has allowed pubs to be demolished or converted to a wide range of retail uses without any planning application.
This has not only denied local communities a say in their beloved locals' futures, but also made pubs a ‘soft target' for developers.
This will bring a halt to developers exploiting loopholes and will give communities the right to have a say in the future of their pubs.  It won’t prevent the development of pubs, but will require developers to apply for planning permission to convert or demolish a pub, allowing the local community to express their opinions as part of that process.
We would still encourage local communities to apply for an Asset of Community Value (ACV) to their pub as this is the first line of defence, and could put off developers looking at these protected pubs as sites. An ACV on a pub shows them that people don’t want to lose their local pub and will oppose planning permission.
 
Acorn Brewery - (Feb 2017)
Acorn Brewery The current IPA is Jaryllo IPA 5.0% - the latest of the American Hop Series. White Oak and Black Oak, both 4.5%, seasonal ales and in the pubs now.  Darkness is featuring on the upcoming Wetherspoon Beer Festival (22nd March - 2nd April), as i's was selected as one of the finalists at last year's Champion Beers of Britain Competition. It will be out to other pubs in April/May. The brewery has won an award from Ratebeer.com Barnsley Bitter was a "Rayt Beer", but it's won the "Best Beer by Region" for South Yorkshire.  Well done…

Geeves Brewery - (Feb 2017)  
Harry Geeves achieved the Institute of Brewing and Distilling General Certificate In Brewing in November. Well Done. They have just bottled Nightmare Imperial Stout 8% for the first time, which will be available in 330ml bottles from most good local beer shops, it's also available in cask. They are also planning a saison style beer later this year which will be a first, it will also be a very special limited run for bottles.

Two Roses Brewery - (Feb 2017)​
The brewery will produce one more beer, this will be available in the Arcade Alehouse and Talbot Inn.

Jolly Boys Brewery - (Feb 2017)

The brews are flowing. The lead up to Christmas was crazy. The boys bottled a shedload of Blonde, Stout and our special Golden Best without, at the time, having a concrete strategy for selling the stuff! Fortunately, a strategy fell into place and pretty soon they were shifting bottles to a number of brilliantly supportive outlets including Cannon Hall Farm, The Beer Shack in Scissett, Maison Du Bier at Elsecar and a few other ace places. The network is building, and more cask and bottles are being produced. The number of pubs offering our beer is also on the up which is great. We are particularly grateful to those pubs that have showcased our beer including Old No.7, The Arcade Alehouse, The Pledwick in Newmillerdam and Cawthorne Club. If your pub needs some Jolly Action, do get in touch.  The website is coming along www.jollyboys-brewery.co.uk and will soon have news on events, tours and links to buy their beers. So for now, the Jolly Boys would like to sincerely thank everyone for their support in getting our humble ales out there.  


The Picture House Tap micro pub in Goldthorpe (near the Library) opened its doors in December and has been offering locals and visitors alike up to six changing real ales. The owner was unable to rent out the shop unit so invested on opening it as a micro pub. The pub was once the main entrance to the Hipperdrome when it was built in 1904. (Feb 2017)

The Walkabout in Barnsley has closed following the sale of the building by the owners. It’s being developed as three independent units and the owner hasn't ruled out a pub. (Feb 2017)

The new bar at Maison Du Biere, beer shop at Elsecar Heritage Centre has opened. The shop units (now three) make up bottle shop (now on the right) bar in the centre and the once bottle shop now has plans to be a brewery. (Feb 2017)

The Angel,
Bolton on Dearne appears to be open following rumours of closure. (Feb 2017)

A new micro pub has opened at St Andrews Square, Bolton on Dearne. The Dearne Tap will soon be offering real ales but on opening in late February it only offered keg beers. (Feb 2017)

Work has started in Mapplewell at the Old Bakery Micro Pub. The pub will be offering a “wide range of local and unusual ales, craft beers and ciders in cosy and comfortable surroundings.”  Again, no fixed opening date, but follow them on their Facebook page for more info. The pub is expected to open for Easter. (Feb 2017)

Another new micro pub at Hoyland Common is due to open. The Tap & Brew Micro Pub, 9 Hoyland Road. The pub will open with up to six real ales and a couple of ciders, Alison Shelly the owner has decided to feature local breweries. (Feb 2017)

No up-to-date news on the Knave and Kestrel 23 King Street, Hoyland but the builders are in. We will keep an eye open and post of any news on our social media pages. (Feb 2017)

The Three Horseshoes at Brierley had its planning decision delayed. The pub had been nominated for an Asset of Community Value (ACV) for a 2nd time. Unfortunatley planning permission was granted on 21st Feb - A community pub lost... (Feb 2017)

The Market,
Elsecar is adding more B&B accommodation. The upstairs function room is being  converted to rooms. Also the pub now offers a 50p a pint and 25p a half discount to card carrying CAMRA Members on their real ales. (Feb 2017)

Houghton Arms
at Great Houghton, building work has begun to convert the old concert room into bedsits following planning approval. The pub remains unaffected. (Feb 2017)

​Acorn Brewery - (Nov 2016)
Teenage Kicks 4.5% is a new beer and brewed to celebrate the 13th birthday of the brewery back in July.
The next two single Hopped IPAs will be brewed using Olicana and Mt Rainier hops. 
It won’t  be a surprise that Cracker 4.1% and Noel (now at 6.1%) will make a return to the seasonal cask ales.
There is a new member of the team, in October they employed one of their own customers - Steph Woods who ran the New Barrack Tavern, Sheffield for 13 years now brings a wealth of knowledge from the pub industry to the sales team.
Recently the brewers created a new, heavily hopped and stronger version of Freebird, which had previously been brewed at 4.5%. The new 5.7% Freebird APA was listed with Mitchell's and Butlers appearing on the bars at Nicholson's Pubs across the country, along with  Barnsley Bitter and Gold.
Their Italian customers have started to order beer now it’s getting cold. Barnsley Bitter, Old Moor Porter plus a few seasonals are on their way.

Geeves Brewery - (Nov 2016)  
Smokey Joe Classic Stout 5% is available as we go to print, as is the award winning Captain Gingerbread Wheat Beer 4.3%
Naughty Elf Christmas Ale 6.8% should be around by the time you are reading this.


Two Roses Brewery - (Nov 2016)​
As we go to print the brewery is up for sale. The odd beer is being brewed for the Arcade Alehouse and Talbot Inn.


Jolly Boys Brewery - (Nov 2016)
Like sunshine breaking through clouds, our first brews are steadily making their way into pubs around tarn and beyond. Our first brew, The Jolly Boys’ Golden Best 4.5% has proved popular with drinkers. Brewed with Pennine water, a fine Maris Otter malt and flavoured with a rich cocktail of hops. Our second brew has been our Jolly Blonde 4%. Blondes seem to be the entrance level ale for lager drinkers into our wonderful world and this has been the feedback from a few drinkers. It’s proved to be an excellent session beer with a compelling mix of hops and a lovely aftertaste. As we write, our Jolly Collier Porter (a tip of the cap to our town’s heritage) is getting distributed. If you think you can help us out with the distribution of our ales, please get in touch.
We’re in the middle of formalising our distribution network and appreciate greatly the impact of the drinker sitting in the pub offering us feedback via email, Twitter and Facecloth ;-)
Our website is a bit sparse at the moment but Computer Genius Richard is on with it. Hopefully by the time you are reading this, you’ll have access to all our brewing notes and information on brewery tours and so on. Through listening to people we’ve understood clearly what you want. News about: the brewery and the beer. We’ve also noticed a huge amount of interest in apparel and sundries such as beer mats! Every day we have requests for them!! So, we are going to set up a shop…
We’ve produced an as yet unnamed mild to be bottled for Christmas. Keep an eye on social media for updates. Also, our Head Brewer has joined Twitter, you can follow him @jollybrewer. He posts updates of decisions, tips and the brewing process itself.
We’re so pleased to be brewing!


The Shakespeare
on Wellington Street, Barnsley now has new managment in place, the four real ale handpumps have been slightley moved so they can be seen from entering the pub. Sharps Doombar and Bradfield Farmers Blonde are always available and two other pumps have changing guest beers available. A CAMRA Discount of 10p a pint and 5p half if you show your CAMRA Membership Card. (Dec 16)

The new micro-pub at Goldthorpe has opened. Serving up to six real ales. The Picture House Tap can be found just before the library on Barnsley Road. (Dec 16)

The new pub the Dearne Valley Farm at Birdwell has now opened and offers 3 cask ales, one from local brewery Acorn and two others from Greene King. (Nov 16)

The Britannia at Springvale has been refurbished and is offering cask beers. (Nov 16)

The Full House at Monk Bretton closed for a refurbishment in September. It has now reopened offering two real ales from Theakstons, The house beer, "Full House Blonde" is Lightfoot. the second beer is XB. (Nov 16)

The Spread Eagle, Penistone is currently closed. The landlord left the pub in October after two years. (Nov 16)

Andy Plummer has left the Huntsman at Thurlstone, but long established staff member Samantha Ireland is now the new landlady. Sam took the reins in late September and has made a few changes to the pub, one change is increasing the opening times. The Huntsman has also been awarded Winter Pub of the Season. (Nov 16)

The Keys at Hoyland Common, has reduced its cask beer range from five to three and added four craft beers. CAMRA Discount of 50p a pint now at all times, you must show your membership card. (Jan 17)

​The Longcar Inn now has a new licensee, as Cheryl Parker retired from the pub after 15½ years. The new licensee has moved from the George & Dragon. (Nov 16)

Ring O'Bells at Royston. The hand pumps are still on the bar at the pub but there has been no real ale for months. (Nov 16)

The team at Maison Du Biere, Elsecar Heritage Centre, are opening a new micro pub in the unit next door and hopes to be open very soon. It won’t be serving cask ale, just craft, unless requested for a function. (Nov 16)

The Beggar and Gentleman at Hoyland is boarded up. It opened in April and the tenants lasted 6 months. (Nov 16)

Good news for Hoyland, plans have been submitted for a new micro pub, possibly called the Knave & Kestrel. (Nov 16)

There is no real ale on at the Darfield Cricket Club and reports are this is for the foreseeable future. However, after the BAR magazine went to print, it seems there maybe a turnaround. (Nov 16)

A new craft ale bar (no real ale) has opened in Barnsley town centre on Shamble Street, Jocks Cavern. (Nov 16)

The Barley Sheaf at Wombwell has had a recent redecoration, there is a guest beer, on a recent visit this was Sharp’s Doom Bar. The local ale seems to have been dropped from the list. (Nov 16)

There is no real ale available at the George,  Wombwell. (Nov 16)​

The Junction at Brampton appears to have re opened after a change of owner. (Nov 16)

And the former Redfearn’s Social Club at Monk Bretton has been demolished. (Nov 16)

The new pub the Dearne Valley Farm at Birdwell has now opened and offers 3 cask ales, one from local brewery Acorn and two others from Greene King.

The Britannia at Springvale has been refurbished and is offering cask beers.

Full House Monk Bretton closed for a refurbishment in September. It is due to open in mid November.

The Spread Eagle, Penistone is currently closed. The landlord left the pub in October after two years.

Andy Plummer has left the Huntsman at Thurlstone, but long established staff member Samantha Ireland is now the new landlady. Sam took the reins in late September and has made a few changes to the pub, one change is increasing the opening times. The Huntsman has also been awarded Winter Pub of the Season.

The Keys at Hoyland Common, has reduced its cask beer range from five to three and added four craft beers. CAMRA discount of 50p a pint Thurs to Sun, you must show your membership card.

The Longcar Inn now has a new licensee, as Cheryl Parker retired from the pub after 15½ years. The new licensee has moved from the George & Dragon.

Ring O'Bells at Royston. The hand pumps are still on the bar at the pub but there has been no real ale for months.

The team at Maison Du Biere, Elsecar Heritage Centre, are opening a new micro pub in the unit next door and hopes to be open very soon. It won’t be serving cask ale, just craft, unless requested for a function.

The Beggar and Gentleman at Hoyland is boarded up. It opened in April and the tenants lasted 6 months.

Good news for Hoyland, plans have been submitted for a new micro pub, possibly called the Knave & Kestrel.

There is no real ale on at the Darfield Cricket Club and reports are this is for the foreseeable future. However, after the BAR magazine went to print, it seems there maybe a turnaround.

A new craft ale bar (no real ale) has opened in Barnsley town centre on Shamble Street, Jocks Cavern.

The Barley Sheaf at Wombwell has had a recent redecoration, there is a guest beer, on a recent visit this was Sharp’s Doom Bar. The local ale seems to have been dropped from the list.

There is no real ale available at the George,  Wombwell.

The Junction at Brampton appears to have re opened after a change of owner.

And the former Redfearn’s Social Club at Monk Bretton has been demolished.

Geeves Brewery
Smokey Joe Classic Stout 5% is available as we go to print, as is the award winning Captain Gingerbread Wheat Beer 4.3%
Naughty Elf Christmas Ale 6.8% should be around by the time you are reading this magazine.

Two Roses Brewery
As we go to print the brewery is up for sale. The odd beer is being brewed for the Arcade Alehouse and Talbot Inn.

Acorn Brewery
Teenage Kicks 4.5% is a new beer and brewed to celebrate the 13th birthday of the brewery back in July.
The next two single Hopped IPAs will be brewed using Olicana and Mt Rainier hops. 

It won’t  be a surprise that Cracker 4.1% and Noel (now at 6.1%) will make a return to the seasonal cask ales.
There is a new member of the team, in October they employed one of their own customers - Steph Woods who ran the New Barrack Tavern, Sheffield for 13 years now brings a wealth of knowledge from the pub industry to the sales team.
Recently the brewers created a new, heavily hopped and stronger version of Freebird, which had previously been brewed at 4.5%. The new 5.7% Freebird APA was listed with Mitchell's and Butlers appearing on the bars at Nicholson's Pubs across the country, along with  Barnsley Bitter and Gold.
Their Italian customers have started to order beer now it’s getting cold. Barnsley Bitter, Old Moor Porter plus a few seasonals are on their way.

Jolly Boys Brewery
The last update in the BAR finished with the Jolly Boys telling us that they were ready to brew at last following quite challenging beginnings!  Here is their update.
Like sunshine breaking through clouds, our first brews are steadily making their way into pubs around tarn and beyond. Our first brew, The Jolly Boys’ Golden Best 4.5% has proved popular with drinkers. Brewed with Pennine water, a fine Maris Otter malt and flavoured with a rich cocktail of hops. Our second brew has been our Jolly Blonde 4%. Blondes seem to be the entrance level ale for lager drinkers into our wonderful world and this has been the feedback from a few drinkers. It’s proved to be an excellent session beer with a compelling mix of hops and a lovely aftertaste. As we write, our Jolly Collier Porter (a tip of the cap to our town’s heritage) is getting distributed. If you think you can help us out with the distribution of our ales, please get in touch.
We’re in the middle of formalising our distribution network and appreciate greatly the impact of the drinker sitting in the pub offering us feedback via email, Twitter and Facecloth ;-)
Our website is a bit sparse at the moment but Computer Genius Richard is on with it. Hopefully by the time you are reading this, you’ll have access to all our brewing notes and information on brewery tours and so on. Through listening to people we’ve understood clearly what you want. News about: the brewery and the beer. We’ve also noticed a huge amount of interest in apparel and sundries such as beer mats! Every day we have requests for them!! So, we are going to set up a shop…
We’ve produced an as yet unnamed mild to be bottled for Christmas. Keep an eye on social media for updates. Also, our Head Brewer has joined Twitter, you can follow him @jollybrewer. He posts updates of decisions, tips and the brewing process itself.
We’re so pleased to be brewing!
 
​​A new Farmhouse Inns pub is set to open. The pub is situated on the new Dearne Valley Parkway development at Birdwell. The pub chain also owns a number of other pubs in South Yorkshire all food focussed but also offers cask ale.

There is further impressive news from Wortley Men’s Club at Wortley. The club has once again been crowned Yorkshire Regional Club of The Year 2016. Huge congratulations go to everyone at the club from everyone at Barnsley CAMRA!

Barnsley’s first micro pub has opened its doors. The Arcade Alehouse is on the Victorian Arcade. The micro pub has appointed a manager in Laura Coles. Laura is happy to be back behind a bar in Barnsley having previously worked at The Old No7.

​​As you will all no doubt know, the former Chicago Rock & Old Co-op building has been destroyed in August by fire. The recent new owners were still hoping to develop the site but after checks to the structure the building has had to be demolished.

After years of being in a derelict state, the Butchers Arms at Monk Bretton is finally being demolished by the present owners. Barnsley CAMRA did not object to this as we felt that after it being left to the elements and fires by vandals, it was not in the public interest to try and save the building even though it was one of the finest buildings in the area.

​Two new pubs are set to open in Goldthorpe. A new micro pub is set to open soon in the Old Empire Cinema building on Doncaster Rd. Nearby, plans have been submitted for a public house in the former Yorkshire Bank Building.

The Kings Head, (now Kings) at Mapplewell is offering a real ale. Blacksheep Best Bitter is available.
Barnsley CAMRA assisted the community of Mapplewell in saving the pub from developers who were to build a supermarket on the site. The first building in Barnsley to be issued with an Assett of Community Value (ACV).

Over the summer months a few beer festivals were held by pubs and clubs in the Barnsley area. A hugely successful event at the Wortley Men’s Club in July, followed by the ever popular beer festival in the cellar bar at the Old No7, and to finish off the summer, a beer festival at the Keys at Hoyland Common.

Acorn Brewery
The team down at Wombwell have just celebrated their 13th birthday. It was 4th July 2003 when Dave Hughes and Steve Bunting brewed their first gyle of the multi award winning Barnsley Bitter.
The boys have recently passed their 2500th gyle of all brews.
The brewery is starting life as a teenager on a real high with around £40,000 of new investment, which proves the point that it costs a fortune to keep a teenager happy!
Barnsley Bitter and Barnsley Gold have been picked out by a national pub company so that the ale will be ​seen in pubs the length and breadth of the land for the next few months.

Geeves Brewery
Couple of new beers are out from the brewery. Oaty McOatface 4.5% abv A rich and full stout packed with malted oats to create a wonderfully smooth and silky mouthfeel balanced by a lightly spicy hop character.
Little IPA 3.9% abv American Galena and Ahtanum hops are followed by dry hopping the New Zealand ​Southern Cross for some dazzling and punchy hoppy goodness.

​​​Two Roses Brewery
Due to James being ill the brewery has been running on tick over. Beers are being brewed by a ​guest brewer to keep the regular pubs in stock if possible.

Jolly Boys Brewery
It’s ace to be asked for an update of the setting up of our long-anticipated brewery. Regular readers may remember our humble fanfare last issue saying we were almost there but had had some issues with our fitter. As I wrote that short submission I was being purposefully cagey, not to mislead, you understand, but because The Jolly Boys were hoping that their dream of setting up a brewery would come to fruition within a matter of days.
To be honest, it’s been hard work as the fitter who was supposed to fit our gear turned out to be a bit of a charlatan. Maybe a bit more of that story in a later issue of this illustrious magazine. For now, we offer this as our update with humble thanks for your continued support and patience.
In May 2016, we attended the brilliant Barnsley Beer Festival at Elsecar Heritage Centre and it was buzzing! We had some trial brews that went down a storm. We had interest and as Jolly Boys, we were most definitely jolly. Fast forward to today as this short piece is written. We will be brewing our first ​brew (we are looking at our JOLLY BLONDE) in the last week in August. We have been beset with challenges but we have worked together and resolved them. The disappointment for us is that we won’t be ready for Elsecar by the Sea. Frankly we can’t believe it, but, like I say, we haven’t been helped at all by our fitter. Good news is that by the time I sit and write the next update, I’ll be hoping that many of you will have visited our Brewery on the Redbrook Business Park off Huddersfield Road in Barnsley. We are hoping you’ll have been able to sample a beautiful pint straight from our cellar whilst enjoying the ambience of our Original Doghouse bar. Incidentally we have built the bar ourselves from reclaimed wood. And it’s a beauty! Please keep an eye on our social media for updates.
Thank you for your patience and continuing support. We will talk more about our actual beer next time!!!!


Planning application has been submitted for a micropub on Barnsley Rd in Goldthorpe. This will involve a change of use from a shop and work will include alterations to the shop front.

Work is well underway for the micropub in the Victoria Arcade in Barnsley, The team at Two Roses Brewery hopes to have this latest venture open soon.

The Keys at Hoyland Common have again run a successful Real Ale and Music Festival over the Spring Bank Holiday. Their next festival will be over the August Bank Holiday.

Also the Spring Beer Festival at the White Heart at Penistone (Our
Summer Pub of the Season 2016 ) was a huge success with plans afoot for another winter festival.

The Barley Sheaf on Aldham House Lane, Wombwell is up for sale. It has an unusual layout with one bar serving both tap room and best side, with no internal door, customers need to go outside to move rooms.

The Pheasant on Cross Street, Monk Bretton is also up for sale. CAMRA have been assured its sale will be as a pub and not development.

The steel shutters at the Three Horseshoes, Brierley have been removed and the pub and land has been sold to a property development company. CAMRA, and the local community are monitoring the situation.

Rhino’s LTD have taken back running of the Houghton Arms at Great Houghton. A guest cask ale is available at a reduced £2.50 a pint and the interior has been redecorated.

A new vaping bar is set to open in the former Pulse bar on Wellington Street, Barnsley. Many pubs in Barnsley don’t allow vaping, but a handful do.

The Green Dragon in Thurgoland has four guest ales available, a survey found all the beer to be in great condition.

There is now new management at the Travellers Inn at Oxspring, this small pub has a popular restaurant with ample room for drinkers, cask ales are available.

Ardsley Oaks W.M.C. and Dodworth Central Social Club are now both offering a changing guest ale. Ardsley Oaks may soon be adding a second ale.

Penistone Royal British Legion Club has informed Barnsley CAMRA that is can no longer accept CAMRA members’ membership cards as access to the club. However, members of the club can sign in a friend, or consider joining the RBL and the club to drink there cask beers.

Acorn Brewery
Upcoming seasonal summer beers are Summer Pale 4.1% (available June-September)
A clear light straw coloured wheat beer. It has a slight bitterness and floral aroma.
England’s Dreaming 4.5% (brewed for Euro 16 football tournament in June)
Lightly roasted malts create a golden, smooth malty base. The beer has Exotic fruits and citrus notes on the aroma with a pleasant dry finish.
Hoptathlon 4.5% (Available in August for the Olympics)
A magnificent Golden coloured beer with slight caramel malt flavours. Hints of tropical fruits with a refreshing lemon kick on an Olympic scale.
We've made a few improvements to the brewery over the last month. We have increased office space added a mezzanine floor to help with storage and also have built a laboratory. This lab will enable us to monitor our beer more regularly and ensure it is in tip top condition when consumed.

Jolly Boys Brewery
So Thirsty Scholars, firstly The Jolly Boys would like to thank you for your patience whilst waiting for our first brew from our delightful brewery in Redbrook, Barnsley. The Boys have had a frustrating time of it due to difficulties with equipment suppliers and unreliable tradesmen. They are now sorted and their Head Brewer is ready to don his white coat and beer goggles. Planning information at the moment suggests the first brew will be a Blonde. Some of this will be made available as a limited edition first run bottle. If this is something you'd like in your collection, let the Boys know by getting in touch with them and providing your best contact details. 
Twitter: @jollybrewery 
Secondly The Jolly Boys would like to thank Barnsley CAMRA and everyone else who were so supportive during the excellent Barnsley Beer Festival at Elsecar! There were some clearly thirsty folk at the event and the Jolly Boys pilot brews went down well. Thank you!! 
The Jolly Boys are here to brew, share, learn and hopefully, one day, inspire others to brew with warmth, integrity and grace.

Wentworth Brewery

News is coming in that the Wentworth Brewery has closed. The brewery opened in September 1999 in the old power house on the Wentworth Estate. Award winning favourites from the brewery included Rampant Gryphon and WPA. 
 
The Beggar & Gentleman Hoyland town centre is closed. The owners, Enterprise Inns are seeking a new licensee to run the pub. A few large developments are underway in the area of the town centre but none show any change of use to the pub. Barnsley CAMRA are submitting a Asset of Community Value (ACV) to the pub to give it an extra layer of protection from developers.

Unfortunately The Travellers Rest at Pogmoor closed in the new year and the application for housing on the site was granted. As we update this news the pub was being demolish. This pub had recently been bought by Century Bars and Inns who quickly submitted their planning for demolition.

The Old No7, Barnsley has recently reopened following a two week extensive refurbishment project. This has seen the toilets being completely refurbished and decoration work taking place as well as a refurbished bar.

The Shakespeare on Wellington Street in Barnsley is up for lease. This is one of Barnsley’s pubs that hasn’t had a name change (as far as we know) the pub opened in 1822 and George Miller was the licensee until 1837.

Chris & Georden are leaving the Houghton Arms at Great Houghton. They are opening a new business venture in the village. As we update the news there had been no word regarding future owners.

There is a new licensee at The Cross Keys Darfield. The good news is cask ale is back on the bar with a great pint of Timothy Taylor Landlord on a recent visit.

Barnsley is set to get its first micro pub. Local brewery Two Roses Brewery is set to open a micro pub in a former retail unit in The Victorian Arcade in Town.

Acorn Brewery
It's been a cracking month in the brewery despite some technical set backs with the brew kit! They're  currently brewing 185 Brewers Barrels of Barnsley Bitter (about 53,000 pints) for the next JD Wetherspoons Ale Festival which runs from Friday 11th to Sunday 27th March!
January has seen the continuation of the Barnsley Bitter listing with Mitchells and Butlers, which has taken their flagship beer across the UK. 
The brewery recently held a meet the brewer event at Elsecar’s latest outlet Maison Du Biere. The brewery had samples of Acorn Blonde available on cask, Gorlovka which was real ale in a bottle   along with a good selection of their other bottled beers. Information on the brewery and its beers were available from Paul Hicks and the afternoon was a great success.
The latest seasonal beers coming from the brewery are:
Drop Kick 4% - Brewed to celebrate the Rugby Six Nations - well hopped, pale straw in colour.
Requiem 4.5% - Rich Mahogany Premium Bitter - malty Bitter with predominant spicy and earthy overtones.
Polaris IPA 5% German hopped IPA with intense fruity and floral aroma leading to minty fresh notes.

Jolly Boys Brewery
A few words that were sent for publication in our Spring 2016 BAR magazine.
Many moons ago, four like-minded lads shared a laugh and a pint whilst talking about their day jobs. The beer flowed. They talked about the importance of fun, friendship and family. They stared at their pint glasses, enjoying that silence that only real friends can have. Ruminating. How could these elements be brought together, whilst giving something back to the town and people they loved so much? The answer was simple. Set up a brewery. In Barnsley. With one aim: to fulfil an honest desire to serve the public with quality Northern ales.
We serve in April. Twitter: @jollybrewery Facebook: Jolly Boys’ Brewery www.jollyboysbrewery.com

Geeves Brewery
The team is gearing up to restart bottling their beers but have decided to bring the process in-house, so in the next few months they should have a range of bottle-conditioned beers (Real Ale In A Bottle) available. This allows smaller runs and at the same time increase the range of beers available in bottle so be able to offer one-off and special beers as well as the core range.
  
The Star at Hoyland Common has recently had a large refurbishment, real ale is available but sadly no local beers as yet. Update, December 2015, no real ales on offer due to low sales.

The Travellers Rest at Birdwell has reopened following a refurbishment and offers two cask ales Taylors Landlord & Black Sheep are just a couple of ales that have been on offer.

The Talbot Inn, Mapplewell has now reopened following an extensive refurbishment and looks very impressive, now with a larger kitchen and log burner for the winter months. A fantastic range of Two Roses beers are always available.

Darfield Cricket Club are running a promotion on cask ale, buy 5 pints get the 6th free. It works on a stamped card scheme and so far seems to have proved popular.

We have received reports that The Red Lion at Worsbrough Bridge has reopened after a recent closure, now with new management.

The Three Horseshoes at Brierley has been awarded an Asset of Community Value status following a successful campaign. The pub is currentley closed.

The Travellers Rest at Pogmoor is under new ownership and is offering Acorn Barnsley Bitter and Blonde, however the new owners have also submitted planning application to Barnsley Council to have the pub demolished and replaced with two dwellings.

The Trades Club on Racecommon Road on at town end appear to have stopped selling cask ale  hopefully this will be only a short term move. the hand pumps are still in place being used to secure the charity box.

The Travellers Inn at Dodworth is up for sale. 
(Update after lecensee contacted us) One website [Link Here]  showes it for sale at £349,500.  We found this news by simply using Google with the term "Pubs for sale in Barnsley", if you fancy a well established freehouse with letting rooms, heres your chance. Other pubs are up for sale in Barnsley but we highlight the real ale outlets in our news.

Also at Dodworth, the Station Inn has new owners and is offering Bradfield beers, reports are that the beer is very, very good, it just need people to call in and drink it.

The Longcar Inn on Racecommon Road (as we go to print) is having a bit of a refurbishment, also it is having new owners. Cask beers have been available in the pub since April from the supplier’s portfolio but the landlady says this will now be available from any brewery and a tad cheaper.

The White Bear at Kexborough is closed and has been for about 6 weeks, a licensee may step in to have it open over Christmas. A website is advertising the tenency here for £7,000.

The Rose and Crown at Darton has had a change of owners and is now run by tenants, not a manager, the pub offers up to three changing guest beers from a very large portfolio of beers.
 
Acorn Brewery - Wombwell
Things are getting really busy at the brewery as we start getting prepared for what the festive season will bring. As we write this we are coming to the end of an epic seven brew week with over 40,000 pints brewed, and there's probably more of those to come
We said ‘arrivederci’ to our latest shipment of beer going to our friends in Italy. Customers of a selection of Italian bars will be able to choose from Barnsley Bitter, Old Moor Porter, Minstrel  IPA, Secret Affair plus others. They certainly have style those Italians!   
The ever popular Thunderstruck IPA is back, but we don’t expect it to be around for long, a Jet Black IPA with a razor's edge bitterness. Sacks full of USA Brava & Willamette Hops give a fruity, floral aroma. Dry hopped with Simcoe hops for a grapefruit, citrus encore!
The latest single hopped IPA is about to hit the local bars. Archer is the 3rd in our new series showcasing English Hops.
On the festive beer front we're getting the 'Cracker' ready and we've already brewed ‘The 13th Noel’. Followers of Acorn will recall that we brewed 'The First Noel' in 2003 and each year we have increased the abv by 0.5% so that this year we have reached the 6% abv mark. This gorgeous beer is often described as ‘Christmas Pudding in a Glass’.
 
Hamelsworde - Hemsworth
Head Brewer Dan Jones has been a keen home brewer for 15 years and has spent his time perfecting recipes prior to the launch in April 2013. The time spent perfecting recipes was rewarded when Colin Brown Ale won the award for Best Strong Beer at Doncaster Ale festival in its very first outing.
May 2014 saw the launch of the Mining range of beers which includes Blacklegs Stout, Lamplight Coffee and Walnut Porter and Smokestacks Smoked Porter.
In May 2015, The brewery was moved to its new home at our Tap, and has since been replaced by a larger brewery to cope with the additional demand.
Hamelsworde beers have appeared up and down the country at Beer festivals and in pubs all over the north of England.
 
Durty O’Dwyers on Market Hill has reopened following an extensive refurbishment and is now called Annie Murrays. I have been informed that the pub will be offering Cask ale so great news for the town centre.

The Trades Club on Racecommon Road was offering two cask ales on a recent visit with Sharps Doom Bar & Taylors Landlord on the bar.

The Talbot Inn at Mapplewell is undergoing a major interior refurbishment and building works including new toilets and a kitchen extension, however, as you read this the pub and restaurant will be re-open and in full swing.

The Keys at Hoyland Common held a hugely successful beer festival at the August Bank Holiday Weekend. Over the event, 16 real ales were on offer. The pub would like to thank everyone who attended to make their first festival so enjoyable. Watch out for their Christmas Beer Festival in December.

The White Heart at Penistone is holding a Beer Festival, running 20/21/22 November, see page 12
Sandhill Tavern at Great Houghton is now selling a guest Weston Cider on draught. Meanwhile also in the village planning permission has been submitted to convert the former derelict concert room at The Houghton Arms into bedsits. Barnsley CAMRA have written to the council approving of the plans as it will improve the pub.

Reports that Dodworth Central Social Club is now offering real ales will be checked out very soon.

The new managers of the Old No7 in Barnsley Town Centre, Dan and his partner Jen have settled in. Barnsley CAMRA would like to wish Fiona, out going manager all the best for the future. We will be making a presentation to Fiona “Commitment to Real Ale Award” watch out on our Facebook and Twitter account for venue and date, this will be open to CAMRA and non-CAMRA members.

The Star at Hoyland Common is changing hands again, during the change there has been no real ale available.

The Three Horseshoes at Brierley is closed and boarded up. The pub is now up for sale freehold.

Paul who ran The Kings at Mapplewell is now running the George & Dragon on Summer Lane. Cask ale is now available with Leeds Pale Ale on offer on a recent visit. The Kings has no real ale on offer.

Football fans have been in for a treat of late with the Redfearn’s Bar at Barnsley Football Club offering cask ales from Acorn Brewery on match days.

A new outlet for bottled World Beer is opening at Elsecar Heritage Centre Mason Du Biere, Unit 15

Acorn Brewery
For the first time in their history Acorn Brewery had three finalists at this years GBBF in London. The finalists were Barnsley Bitter, Barnsley Gold and bottled Gorlovka Imperial Stout. The brewery was closed for the day and the team travelled down for the festival's Trade Session. For the second time in its 12 year history (the previous being 2006) Barnsley Bitter won Silver in its category (Bitters), to go with the beer's other current awards - SIBA Regional Gold (Bitter) and SIBA National Silver (Bitter). 
In the same week, the brewery received an International award for bottled Old Moor Porter at the International Beer Challenge in London, and was awarded a Bronze Medal.
Rounding off a fantastic week for the brewery, they launched their first Brewery's rebrand. Full story for this rebranding is on page 8
New beers from Acorn to look out for over the next couple of months. The IPA series continues with a new hop region of Europe and the first IPA is the British hopped Endeavour 5.0% and then Evolution 4.5% (will be deep red in colour.) Other beers to look out for are Secret Affair at 4.5% and Thunderstruck at 5.7%.

Geeves Brewery
It's been a while since we've brewed a new beer as we've just been trying to keep up with demand for our core range. However, we have managed to get a slot for this one and we wanted to kick off with something special and so we've done a beer which we have been meaning to brew for some time now. The Doughboy 'Full-Fat' Vanilla Porter is rich and sweet and full of vanilla goodness. We've used an extra hot mash to leave lots of residual malty sweetness with flavours of chocolate and caramel and then each cask has been matured with high-quality Madagascan vanilla pods.
We’ve recommenced bottling our beers with the new branding, unfiltered and unfined so vegan friendly. Bottled by Bradestone’s Brewery at Hebden Bridge.
Our beers are now getting further out than ever before thanks to our several wholesalers.

Two Roses
The brewery have launched their new impressive website 
www.tworosesbrewery.co.uk
New beers see’s the return of 3C’s 5% pale after an absence of 2 years . The brewery have also brewed a new beer Pacifica a pale hoppy beer 4% using New Zealand hops.