Barnsley CAMRA
“Barnsley CAMRA was first founded on 25th May 1974. This was to plan the march of the closure of Oakwell Brewery.”
Need to Contact Barnsley CAMRA?
Margaret Croft is the first person to contact; Margaret will help you if possible or put you in contact with someone who can help with your particular query. Margaret's phone numbers are - 01226 714492 (h)  07734 155792 (m). Email Margaret at

If you would like to contact CAMRA HQ, you can email  or visit  or phone 01727 867 201
Pub, Club & Brewery News
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)

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)
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!