New role brews at Acorn for Ian

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An independent Barnsley Brewery has appointed a keen amateur brewer with a penchant for international ales to its growing staff team.

Ian Darvill, aged 43, joins Acorn Brewery as assistant brewer, where he will learn all about the recipes and techniques used to create its famous range of beers, including Barnsley Bitter.

Ian has been a home brewer for the past five years and most recently worked for Sematic UK Ltd, a sheet metal fabrication company in Wombwell, making lift doors.

Originally from Lancaster, he now lives in West Melton in Rotherham.

Ian said: “I was overjoyed when I found out that I’d got the job at Acorn because I’m passionate about beer and learning how to make it.

“The principles are basically the same as home brewing but obviously on a much larger scale.”

Ian’s home brewing background included making American pale ales, IPAs, German wheat beers, traditional English beers and saison, a Belgium farm house style beer.

“I used to buy all the grains, hops and yeast from an online supplier and then start experimenting with different ingredients,” said Ian. “My most successful home brew was a variation on a Bavarian wheat beer with new world hops, giving a mix of traditional and contemporary flavours.”

Acorn Brewery owner David Hughes said: “It’s good to have someone with Ian’s expertise and enthusiasm on board. He brings a fresh approach to our team and we look forward to his input as we are constantly developing new beers and flavours.”

Acorn Brewery currently delivers beer direct to over 400 pubs and bars and 50 retail outlets including delis and farm shops in the north and midlands. It supplies to countless others across the UK via wholesalers.

The brewery now sells into all five established UK supermarkets, Morrisons, Asda, Tesco, Waitrose and Sainsbury’s. Acorn started exporting its real ale to Italy last year and, just last month, attended the UKTI organised ‘Barcelona Food and Drink Exhibition’.

In addition to Ian, Acorn has also recently appointed Yvonne Underwood as an administrator.