Mayor visits Nailmaker to see what's brewing in Darton

The Mayor of Barnsley, Councillor James Michael Stowe, was shown around Nailmaker Brewery and Distillery earlier today to learn more about the company's expansion and desires to move into the wholesale market following support from Enterprising Barnsley.

The brewery operation relaunched in 2018 when the award-winning distillery behind Waterton’s Reserve Gin relocated to South Yorkshire and moved into Darton Business Park, branding themselves as Nailmaker in tribute to the historical nail makers of Staincross, Mapplewell and Darton. 

Since then, the company has gone from strength to strength, winning a host of awards while doubling and diversifying its product range. The site underwent refurbishment in 2022, which also saw the launch of a new brewery tap. 

The team at Enterprising Barnsley supported the Nailmaker Distillery to obtain a grant and take on a graduate intern from Sheffield Hallam University, who has successfully helped to increase their online retail sales and structure their engagement on social media. 

The company currently has over 40 different lines and is exploring the wholesale market, purchasing and implementing a new brewery line to support this venture. 

Councillor Robin Franklin, Cabinet spokesperson for Regeneration and Culture, said: “It's really pleasing to see Nailmaker Brewing and Distilling investing in their Barnsley premises and moving into the wholesale market. 

"We're proud that our award-winning Enterprising Barnsley team have played a part by helping them to access grant funding, allowing them to expand their operations. We'll continue to support them in the years to come. 

"Nailmaker adds to the already diverse portfolio of businesses operating from the borough and I wish them nothing but success for the future." 

Dave Owens of Nailmaker and Waterton’s Reserve Gin added: “We are very energetic and focused on continuing to establish ourselves as a top brewery and distillery operator in the region and become a well-known brand throughout Barnsley and across Yorkshire. 

“Grant funding has revolutionised our brewery stock management systems and our open arms policy to new marketing ideas has brought a youthful outlook to the distillery marketing side of the business, which has allowed us to establish a successful graduate placement partnership with local universities. 

“The visit of the Mayor to our brewery, distillery and tap room really crystallises our ‘support local’ ethos, and we are excited to show the local communities of Barnsley and beyond the great range of products we make on-site. We see this visit as a springboard into a new era of expansion for Nailmaker Brewing, Distilling and Pub Co.” 

For more information about Waterton’s Reserve Gin and Nailmaker Brewing Company, go to and Please drink responsibly. 

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