ACORN Brewery’s Barnsley Bitter has won a silver medal at the real ale industry’s most prestigious national competition.

Expert beer drinkers from the Campaign for Real Ale awarded the iconic Barnsley brew second prize at the Great British Beer Festival this week.

Acorn Brewery’s best-selling pint beat off competition from hundreds of other ales produced by breweries across the UK - and beat last year’s overall gold medal.

A 10-strong delegation from the Wombwell-based brewery attended the Great British Beer Festival at Olympia in London to accept their prize.

Owner of Acorn Brewery Dave Hughes said: “We are thrilled to bring back a silver medal for Barnsley Bitter from this year’s Great British Beer Festival."

MP Michael Dugher congratulated the brewery and said it was "great news". 

He said: “Acorn Brewery is fantastically run and has gone from strength to strength in recent years. They are a real credit to Barnsley.”