March saw the completion and celebration of our 2000th brew since the brewery opened with its’ first brew of Barnsley Bitter in July 2003. The actual bi-millennial brew was fittingly enough Gorlovka, our famous 6% award winning Russian Imperial Stout named after Barnsley’s twin town.
Things have been pretty hectic down at Acorn with beer listings on a couple of national festivals resulting in a record 300+ barrels (1200 firkins or 86,000 pints) leaving the brewery in just one week in March.
A few of our bottled beers may well be heading to foreign shores with initial request to deliver Yorkshire Pride, Barnsley Bitter, Old Moor Porter and Gorlovka to a distributor in Rome.
The brewery has also teamed up with the Local RSPB nature reserve at Old Moor to produce a new brew that will help Bittern conservation across the North of England. The RSBP have launched a competition through their membership to come up with a suitable name for the beer, with the lucky winning entry getting a guided tour of the reserve and more importantly the brewery!
With all the additional beer production, we’ve had to bolster the brewing team and Bruce Woodcock who joined Acorn as an apprentice in 2009 has been working for quite a while under the tutelage of Dave Hughes and Steve Bunting but has now stepped up to brew ‘solo’ and we’re getting great feedback on his beers.
So on to the beers. The latest single hopped IPA and the 2nd in our new antipodean range will feature Pride of Ringwood hops . It will be a rich golden ale with strong delectable aromas that has a spicy kick with essence of citrus & fruit-like tones.
The annual favourite St Georges (a 4.6% rich golden coloured beer with sweet roast malts, good bitterness levels and a delicate citrus aroma) will be out in plenty of time for any April dragon slaying activity.
Finally we would like to take the opportunity to thank Sheffield CAMRA for the invitation to the Sheffield Steel City Beer Festival awards evening at Thornbridge Hall. It was an excellent evening and a big thanks for the recognition of Old Moor Porter as winner of the Porter’s Category.