Beer connoisseur and passionate pub campaigner, Mark gives us his decision on the tastiest beer he has sampled in the last seven days.

Mark has been highlighting the values of Britain’s favourite drink for many years. He is a member of the British Guild of Beer Writers. Follow @realaleupnorth on Twitter.

My beer of the week nomination is a multi award-winning, traditional cask conditioned bitter, courtesy of the Barnsley based, Acorn Brewery.

The popular and respected brewer make a fine range of traditional ales, that are regularly witnessed in pubs and clubs in the locality and further beyond. And their appropriately named Barnsley Bitter (3.8%), is an outstanding example of a traditional bitter style beer.

The ale presents itself boasting a chestnut hue and a tight, cream coloured head, with a caramel, vinous fruit and soft, nutty aroma.

The flavour had all the hallmarks of a traditional English bitter, with juicy caramel malt, dark, stone fruit, tangy hops and nutty notes. The flavours were quite dominant and well balanced on the palate.

There was a fruity hop bitterness, in addition to some nutty and light, caramel sweetness, that lingered long in the mouth.

It’s not surprising that Barnsley Bitter has forged such an excellent reputation with discerning, traditional ale drinkers, over many years. A lip-smacking, thirst-quencher to greatly admire.

As they would say in Yorkshire: “it’s a reyt good ale tha’nos”.