Acorn is brewing up new growth

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ACORN Brewery is toasting rising demand for its Barnsley brewed ales.

The nine-year-old company saw sales rise by 18 per cent last year and increase by 15pc between January 2011 and 2012.

Last year saw founders Dave and Judi Hughes make a major investment in re-opening the historic Old No 7 pub in Market Hill, Barnsley, creating six jobs, after installing a 50-barrel fermenting unit and cold store to develop off-trade sales.

Acorn says its beers are now found in Tesco, Asda, Waitrose and Asda supermarkets

The company also sells to Barnsley-based off licence chain Rhythm & Booze, which has around 75 outlets.

Now the Wombwell brewery is targeting more sales after appointing David Broadhead as sales manager.

Mr Broadhead has a sales and financial services background and spent the last three years working with both new and established small companies on behalf of Business Link Yorkshire.