2013 News

Oakham Ales Scores Hat Trick in Hertfordshire Winning St Albans Beer of the Festival for 3rd Consecutive Year

Green Devil IPA Oakham Ales has scored a hat-trick, winning ‘Beer of the Festival’ for the third consecutive year, at the recent CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) St Albans Beer Festival in Hertfordshire. The Peterborough-based brewers multi-award-winning Green Devil IPA (6% A.B.V.) won the title. Oakham’s ‘Dreamcatcher’ ale won this prestigious accolade in 2011 and 2012 and the Brewery’s Attila was named champion in 2009.

Green Devil IPA was chosen from local Hertfordshire beers as well as other award-winning ales from around the country. Festival Organiser, Phil Defriez, said: "It's great to have what we call our 'champion of champion' beers competition where we judge award winning beers from around the country plus a selection of beers from local breweries – huge congratulations to Oakham Ales for beating off the tough competition for the third year running."

Oakham’s Green Devil IPA is no stranger to success, it has won a number of high profile awards during 2013 including, Champion Cask Ale at ‘The International Brewing Awards’ as well as winning Supreme Champion at a national beer award competition organised by SIBA (Society of Independent Brewers).

Green Devil IPA has an amazing hop harvest aroma with tropical fruit bursting through. Smooth and fruity starting with passion fruit, pineapple and mango developing into lemon, limes and a citrusy bitterness. It finishes with a crisp, refreshing dry after taste.

Adrian Posnett, Managing Director of Oakham Ales comments: “St Albans Beer Festival is one of the major regional events and just gets better every year. We go head-to-head with some very large breweries, so for Oakham Ales to win for the third time running is absolutely fantastic and a real boost to the whole team.”

Hoppy 20th Birthday Oakham Ales

Oakham Ales, the acclaimed, innovative and independent ale brewery, based in Peterborough, is celebrating its 20th Birthday in September 2013. The Brewery has established a reputation for its exceptional, full-flavoured hoppy beers which consistently win national and international awards.

The team recently celebrated with over two-hundred of its ‘Oakademy of Excellence’* members at the Brewery Tap pub based in Westgate, Peterborough. To mark the occasion, the Brewery has launched a special 20th Anniversary 5.8% A.B.V. ale as well as a commemorative t-shirt that illustrates some of the favourite Oakham Ales beers that have been brewed over the years.

The Brewery has come a long way in 20 years, founded in 1993, the company has grown from its original 10 barrel brewery plant in Oakham (Rutland) to brewing around 16,000 brewery barrels of beer per year (that’s 4.9 million pints) at its Peterborough plant which opened in 2006.

Permanent Ales

The Brewery’s first beer was JHB (3.8% A.B.V.) and twenty years later this continues to be the brewery’s flagship ale. Today the core range also includes: Inferno (4.0%), Citra (4.2%), Scarlet Macaw (4.4%) and Bishops Farewell (4.6% ). Seasonal ales, special ales and some superb aged and vintage ales complete the range.

Oakham Ales has built an enviable reputation for the quality and consistency of its ales and has won over 200 awards for its beers over the past twenty years, most recently being awarded, three golds, one silver and two bronze medals in this year’s International Beer Challenge 2013**, beating a record number of entries from 33 countries.

Adrian Posnett, Managing Director of Oakham Ales says: “It’s fantastic that our beers are gaining such recognition both here in the UK and internationally. All credit to the team who have worked so hard and are constantly innovating. We are delighted to be adding additional fermenting vessels and conditioning tanks to the Brewery to keep up with the increasing demand.”

Oakham Ales Celebrates With Three Golds, a Silver and Two Bronze Medals at International Beer Challenge 2013

Oakham Ales, the innovative real-ale brewery based in Peterborough is celebrating. The Brewery has been awarded, three golds, one silver and two bronze medals in this year’s International Beer Challenge 2013. This year’s challenge was the 17th annual event and saw a record number of entries from 33 countries.

The Brewery was awarded gold medals for both its Citra and Bishops Farewell ales and their Cambridgeshire Golden Ale, which Oakham brew for M&S also received a gold award. Added to these accolades, M&S received a silver medal for its Citra IPA (also brewed by Oakham) and Oakham’s Inferno and Scarlet Macaw ales, both won a bronze medal.

Adrian Posnett, Managing Director, Oakham Ales says: “In light of such tough competition both here in the UK and internationally – it’s praise indeed for the team at Oakham Ales to walk away with so many medals.”

Judges include some of the shrewdest beer judges in the land – retailers, importers, publicans, brewers, writers and flavour analysts, plus several highly experienced judges from continental Europe to make sure the judging panel has a wide spread of tasting experience.

Jeff Evans, chairman of the judges and former editor of the Good Beer Guide, said: “I’ve been chairman of the judges for 11 years and this was by far the strongest judging panel we’ve ever put together – indicative of the esteem in which the competition is held…...”

“A medal of any colour from the International Beer Challenge is cause for celebration. Those that claimed golds are, therefore, in the judges’ opinion, exceptional beers that really deserve to be sought out.”

Oakham’s gold medal winners will now go forward to a London gala ceremony to be held in September 2013, where the Supreme Champion will be chosen from nine different categories.

The Scots Welcome Peterborough based independent Brewer – Oakham Ales

Oakham Ales permament ale line-up

Oakham Ales, the acclaimed, innovative and independent ale brewery based in Peterborough, is making a splash in and around Edinburgh.  Three pubs* have recently signed up to the brewers’ popular ‘Oakademy of Excellence’ which means they stock Oakham Ales on a permanent basis.  The three cask-ale led pubs include: Malt and Hops, The Staggs Bar and Thomsons Bar. The brewery has approximately 250 pubs signed up to its ‘Oakademy of Excellence’ which was launched in 2009, with its membership growing every year.   On passing a beer quality test, organised by Oakham Ales, pubs receive accreditation.  This entitles publicans to membership benefits that include access to exclusive ‘limited edition’ ales.

Adrian Posnett, Oakham’s managing director says: “These three pubs in and around Edinburgh are all well-known for their excellent range of cask beers and we are delighted that they have become members of the Oakademy.   As this is a new area for our beers, it’s a great excuse to visit a fantastic city whilst delivering our ales.  We don’t have the luxury of a large retail estate to stock out beers on a permanent basis.  The success of the Oakademy means that we have started to have the distribution and profile for our beers to compete with those that do.”

*Details of pubs in Edinburgh listed below:  

Malt and Hops
45 Shore, Edinburgh, EH6 6QQ
Telephone: 0131 5550083
Cask ale led outlet, offering excellent quality at affordable prices.

The Staggs Bar
81 North High Street, Musselburgh, Edinburgh, EH21 6JE
Telephone: 0131 6659654
Great community local, offering a wide variety of locally sourced ales as well as being a flagship oulet for Oakham Ales. All ales in superb condition. Recently crowned Lothians CAMRA pub of the year 2013

Thomsons Bar
182-184 Morrison Street, Edinburgh, EH6 6QP
Telephone: 0131 2285700
Superb cask ale led city centre pub, offering a great choice at excellent prices.

Oakham’s Bellwether Wines Secures Top French Domains Dopff & Irion

Bellwether Wines

Bellwether WinesBellwether Wines, the new wine division of Peterborough based brewery, Oakham Ales, has secured the sole UK agency distribution rights for the wines of the distinguished Dopff & Irion from Alsace.

Dopff & Irion are based at Chateau de Riquewihr in the heart of the Alsace region and can trace its family origins as far back as the 16th Century. From generation to generation the family has built upon their heritage in the Chateau and the vineyards to produce truly exceptional wines.

Dopff & Irion offer Bellwether Wines all the diversity of the appellations, grape varieties, Cru’s, localities and specialities of the Alsatian vineyards. The Alsace region is recognised for its unique ‘terroir’ and the richness and diversity of its peoples and culture, producing some of the greatest white wines in the world.

In 2013 Bellwether Wines is listing 4 single varietal wines made from Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris, each expressing the exceptional specific style of the ‘terroir’ of their origin. The wines complement a variety of food dishes and work particularly well with Asian cuisine.

Warren Ball, Bellwether Wines, Wine Director says: “This new partnership cements our long term commitment to offer our customers an unrivalled portfolio of wines that complement our award-winning range of cask ales. It’s great to have secured the exclusive distribution in the UK, which will enable us to offer our customers something deliciously different.”

A pie or a pint? Oakham Ales creates oaple all english apple traditional cider

Bramley apple tree in Stocks Farm
Bramley apple tree in Stocks Farm

The fact that few people are baking apple pies has put a new slant on the old phrase 'a pie and a pint'. Now, according to one of England’s most acclaimed breweries, it’s a case of a pint instead of a pie.

The innovative ale brewery Oakham Ales, based in Peterborough, is working with Warwickshire based Hogan’s Cider and Stocks Farm in Worcestershire to create a new, all English apple cider called 'Oaple'. The name is derived from the merging of the words 'Oakham' and 'Apple'.

The launch is a result of John Bryan, Oakham’s Production Director, visiting British Hop producer, Stocks Farm, where he learned that the Bramley orchard was under threat. Sadly, with the decline of home baking, the apples were going to waste. So, no apple pies, means apples can be made into pints instead.

OapleBramley Apple trees are close to John’s heart as they were an integral part of his childhood when growing up in Cambridge. He had thought of creating a cider for several years and the imminent risk of the Bramley orchard provided a compelling reason to do so.

New Oaple has a 5.8% A.B.V. and is one hundred per cent English. Made from English cider apples with a hint of freshly pressed Bramleys, Oakham is producing 10,000 litres of Oaple which will be available from May 2013.

John Bryan says "Oaple is a medium dry cider starting with a slightly tart apple flavour leading to a full bodied and deliciously fruity taste".

Adrian Posnett, Oakham Ales Managing Director says: "Oaple is a completely new product for us and the timing is right. Not only does it taste great, but knowing that we have helped support an English orchard and hop producer makes it all the better".

International Brewing Awards name Oakham Ales Green Devil IPA ‘Champion Cask Ale’

John Bryan at the International Brewing Awards 2013
Pictured (l-r): John Bryan, Oakham Ales Production Director receives the Champion Cask Ale Trophy at the International Brewing Awards 2013 from Rob Willock, group editor, of trade publication, Publican's Morning Advertiser.

International Brewing Awards 2013Oakham Ales Green Devil IPA has been named Champion Cask Ale at The International Brewing Awards 2013.

More than 400 people attended the celebration, among them many of the brewers and cider makers from all over the world who had entered the bi-annual competition.

Adrian Posnett, Managing Director of Oakham Ales commented: "To be awarded Champion Cask Ale for Green Devil IPA, in competition with 25 countries is fantastic news for the Brewery team, especially as this beer won Supreme Champion at another high profile national beer event last year".

Green Devil IPA has an A.B.V of 6%. It has a fantastic hop harvest aroma with tropical fruit bursting through. Starting with smooth and fruity passion fruit, pineapple and mango the beer later develops into lemon, limes and a citrusy bitterness. Green Devil IPA finishes with a crisp refreshing dry aftertaste.

More Awards For Local Peterborough Brewer Oakham Ales

Citra BottlePeterborough based innovative real-ale brewery, Oakham Ales, is celebrating again.

Its Citra bottled beer and Bishops Farewell in cask both picked up awards at the SIBA National Beer Competition 2013, as the best cask, keg and bottled beers were unveiled at the organisers first ever BeerX event, held in Sheffield.

Oakham’s Citra in bottle won the gold in the ‘Bottled Beers up to 4.9% A.B.V.’ category and silver in the overall competition and Bishops Farewell was awarded the silver in the ‘Premium Bitters’ group. A panel of around 100 brewers, industry experts, local licensees and beer enthusiasts assessed over 200 beers.

SIBA chief executive Julian Grocock, said: “Winning at a regional heat and progressing to the national finals is an achievement in itself and the quality of beers judged, was of the highest standard, as all our judges would attest. To then come through to win one of the national awards is a real achievement and our hearty congratulations go to all the winners.”

Bishops Farewell Adrian Posnett, managing director Oakham Ales comments, “Citra became our fifth core ale just two years ago, and this is its fourth national award and Bishops Farewells twelfth. It’s very rewarding to know that we are brewing and launching beers that keep being voted as the best by our peers and just as importantly by beer drinkers.”

Citra (4.6% A.B.V.) in bottle is a light refreshing beer with pungent grapefruit, lychee and gooseberry aromas leading to a dry bitter finish. Bishops Farewell (4.6% A.B.V.) is a strong premium beer dominated by elaborate fruity hop notes.

All Bronze, Silver and Gold award winners received their certificates and trophies on stage at BeerX from Neil Morrissey.

Oakham Ales, Scoops a Gold and Silver Medal at National 'Brewing Oscars'

Green Devil IPA and Inferno have been honoured in the Brewing Industry International Awards, widely dubbed the ‘Brewing Oscars’. Green Devil IPA scooped the gold medal (4.9% - 6.9% A.B.V. cask ale category) and Inferno was awarded the silver (2.9% - 4.4% A.B.V. in the bottle category).

The Brewing Awards are highly respected around the world. Green Devil IPA and Inferno have been judged by experts to be one of the finest of their type found anywhere in the world.

Adrian Posnett, Mangaging Director of Oakham Ales comments: “To win a gold and silver medal when competing with over 1000 beers from over 45 countries is a fantastic honour, particularly as we are being judged by our peers. This is Green Devil’s fifth gold medal at a brewing competition, and it was only launched two years’ ago and Inferno’s first accolade in bottle format (seventh as a cask ale). We are up against some major international breweries, so it’s great to see that the teams hard work and brewing innovation is rewarded”

The medal winners were announced in front of an audience of more than 100 competitors, judges and industry and local guests in Burton-on-Trent. Bronze, Silver and Gold medals were awarded, while the 11 overall Championship winners – nine beers and two ciders – will be unveiled at an Awards luncheon at London Guildhall on 24 April.

Green Devil IPA (6.0% A.B.V.) Golden in colour, it has a harvest hop aroma with tropical fruit flavours bursting through. Available from the middle of April 2013. Inferno (4.4% A.B.V. in bottle and 4.0% A.B.V. in cask) Available in both bottle and cask from Oakham Ales all year round, a light, complex, fruity ale, with a dry, fruity bitter finish.

Oakham Ales Acquires Bellwether Wines

Bellwether WinesOakham Ales, the innovative, award-winning Brewery based in Peterborough, has acquired Bellwether Wines. The Peterborough based wine company specialises in supplying to the licensed on-trade within a thirty-five mile radius of Peterborough. The Bellwether Wines name has been retained to become the wine division of Oakham Ales.

Warren Ball, who has over twenty years’ experience in the wine industry, has joined Oakham Ales as Wine Director and will run the new division. Oakham Ales has also appointed Michael Posnett, as Wine Co-ordinator. Michael has been involved with the Bellwether Wines business since its launch in 2009.
Warren Ball, Wine Director, Bellwether Wines
Adrian Posnett, Oakham Ales Managing Director says: “The acquisition of Bellwether Wines provides us with a fantastic opportunity to develop a wine portfolio alongside our ever increasing cask ale business”.

He continues: “Warren’s wealth of experience and expertise within the wine industry will enable us to offer the best possible range of wines tailored to suit the different needs or our customers. The acquisition will also give us the opportunity to talk to Bellwether’s clients about our fantastic range of ales”.