Acorn Brewery is saddened to announce the death of co-founder and director Judi Hughes who had been battling a serious illness for the past 12 months.
Judi was instrumental in getting Acorn Brewery off the ground, along with husband Dave Hughes and brewer Steve Bunting. They brewed their first pint of Barnsley Bitter on 4th July 2003 in their original 10 barrel plant in Wombwell on the outskirts of Barnsley.
Judi was there to oversee the move to larger premises in 2007 and the increase in production to what is now a 25 barrel plant employing 11 staff. Earlier this year Acorn celebrated their 2000th brew.
Managing Director Dave Hughes commented – The brewery was Judi’s pride and joy and none of it would have been possible without her tremendous strength, determination and sound business sense. She was always there as a great sounding board and to keep me on the straight and narrow if I got a bit carried away. Most of all she had a wonderful sense of humour, which we all know we need in this industry. More recently she was becoming less involved in the brewery and more involved in bringing up our two children Ellie and Lewis. We will miss her terribly and it would be a great understatement to simply say that things will not be the same around here without her.
The funeral will take place at Rotherham Crematorium on Thursday 1st May at 3.45pm. Dave has requested that rather then send flowers, anyone wishing to do so should send a donation to Macmillan Cancer Support.