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

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Pub, Club & Brewery News
The Cross Keys at Darfield has reopened and Cask ale is available. Recent beers have included Hobgoblin and Black Sheep Bitter.
The Queen Victoria at Darfield now has Cask Ale; locally sourced beers have included Bradfield Blonde, Stancill Barnsley Bitter & Acorn Yorkshire Pride.
Also in the Darfield Cricket Club is offering cask ale for the duration of the Cricket season.
The East Dene Club, Barnsley is offering its members a selection of bottled beers, not real ale but it’s a step in the right direction on choice.
One of Barnsley’s oldest pubs the Black Bull at Stairfoot has recently closed and is up for sale by owners Enterprise.
The Old Bakery Mapplewell recently opened. This is a micro pub proving very popular with the locals and visitors, offering 6 real ales and cider.
Meanwhile, also in Mapplewell the Wentworth Arms (Barnbrooks) reopened following a substantial refurbishment. The pub is owned by the same people as the nearby Talbot Inn. The pub has 4 real ales and will trade as a traditional community pub.
The Knave & Kestrel micro pub in Hoyland is open and selling a selection of cask ales. The pub also has a small room at the back that could be used for meetings.
At Hoyland Common The Tap & Brew opened on 25 June offering 6 real ales and cider.
Plans have been submitted for a micro pub in Darton in the old Co-op building.
The Dearne Tap in Bolton on Dearne is now selling Cask ale. Recent beers include Bradfield Farmers Blonde.
While in Goldthorpe the Picture House Tap continues to offer a great range of cask ales and has a quiz night every Thursday.
There are new local licensees at The Crown Inn, Elsecar. It was great to know that the new team here aren’t making too many changes.
The Foxhouse at Carlecoates has reopened following a major refurb.
The Government announced measures to close a planning loophole in England which has allowed pubs to be demolished or converted to a wide range of retail uses without any planning application.
This has not only denied local communities a say in their beloved locals' futures, but also made pubs a ‘soft target' for developers.
This will bring a halt to developers exploiting loopholes and will give communities the right to have a say in the future of their pubs.  It won’t prevent the development of pubs, but will require developers to apply for planning permission to convert or demolish a pub, allowing the local community to express their opinions as part of that process.
We would still encourage local communities to apply for an Asset of Community Value (ACV) to their pub as this is the first line of defence, and could put off developers looking at these protected pubs as sites. An ACV on a pub shows them that people don’t want to lose their local pub and will oppose planning permission.
Acorn Brewery - (June 2017)
New beer Scarlet Oak 4.5% is out as we go to print,  while British Oak 4.5% will be out as we get the BAR. 
Steph Woods (landlady of the New Barrack Tavern Hillsborough) is now going to head up the day to day sales aspects of the brewery. 
Also making a brief reappearance in a few selected bars and pubs was Freebird the 5.7% American Pale Ale.
Geeves Brewery - (Feb 2017)  
Harry Geeves achieved the Institute of Brewing and Distilling General Certificate In Brewing in November. Well Done. They have just bottled Nightmare Imperial Stout 8% for the first time, which will be available in 330ml bottles from most good local beer shops, it's also available in cask. They are also planning a saison style beer later this year which will be a first, it will also be a very special limited run for bottles.
​​​Two Roses Brewery - (Feb 2017)​
The brewery will produce one more beer, this will be available in the Arcade Alehouse and Talbot Inn.
Jolly Boys Brewery - (June 2017)
The recent IPA (5.5%) officially launched at Barnsley Beer Festival by the Jolly Boys team is a great addition to their range of beers. The Brewery, are about to open a brewery tap in Wakefield.
Penistone -  (June 2017)
Is up and running and registered with HMRC etc. They're selling their beers mainly via the White Heart up to present but are looking to sell to a wider audience, they’re also looking to increase output with some additional kit, now they have the consistency right.
They have three brews at the moment, Back Oil Tap, a porter, Ambers Brew, a Gluten free beer & Bombshell, a Blonde beer. A new blonde beer with Honey is on its way which will be called "Queen Bee".