Independent brewery appoints admin assistant to new post

14 May 2015

Yvonne Underwood has joined Acorn Brewery as administrative assistant, in a new post created by the independent Barnsley brewer.

Yvonne, who has been recruited to help with the day to day running of the growing business, takes on responsibility for overseeing health and safety and human resources.

She is also in charge of customs and excise duties on exports of real ale to Italy.

Yvonne has 30 years’ experience working as a pharmacy technician and administrator handling complex UK pharmaceutical regulations and was looking for a new challenge in her career.

Her appointment takes some of the pressure off Acorn Brewery founder Dave Hughes, who is her brother.

Dave said: “It’s brilliant to have Yvonne on board. Her organisational skills, expertise and attention to detail are second to none and having her in the office means I have more time to get back in to my wellingtons and do what I love – which is brewing beer.

“Acorn Brewery is going from strength to strength. We now have 11 staff including a new assistant brewer, and a strong sales team. Yvonne’s expert knowledge of computer systems is really going to allow me to concentrate more on the production side of things.”

Yvonne said: “I’ve spent the last 12 years listening to David talking about the business and real ale and it just feels like the right time to get involved.

“I have to admit I am more of a cider drinker myself, although I quite like Acorn’s Old Moor Porter, which has a hint of liquorice.”

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 sells into Morrisons, Asda, Tesco, Waitrose and Sainsbury’s and started exporting its real ale to Italy last year. It also recently attended the UKTI organised ‘Barcelona Food and Drink Exhibition’ to court buyers in Spain.

Acorn, which has a turnover of £1.2 million, is based on Aldham industrial estate in Wombwell and currently brews around 30,000 pints of real ale per week – with capacity increasing all the time.

Hand-pulled cask ale accounts for 90 per cent of Acorn’s production and investment over the last couple of years. The brewery has also increased production of bottled beers by 20 per cent and introduced keg beers to its range.

One of its best-selling brands is the iconic Barnsley Bitter which it has produced since 2003 using the original strain of Barnsley Bitter yeast, dating back to the 19th century. This award-winning beer most recently won Silver in the standard strength category of the SIBA Society of Independent Brewers awards which aim to find the best real ales in the UK.

Acorn Brewery also runs the Old No 7 in Barnsley town centre where it showcases the brewery’s own beers amongst other worldwide brands.

Notes to editor

Attached photograph shows Yvonne Underwood, new administrative assistant at Acorn Brewery.

David Hughes can be contacted on 01226 270734, mobile 0795 8725880 or For more information, visit

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