2014 News

Production director, John Bryan of local brewery Oakham Ales, features in new book ‘Britain’s Beer Revolution’

CoverTo celebrate Britain’s thriving beer culture CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, are publishing Britain’s Beer Revolution, a contemporary look at the most influential breweries, places and people in the nation’s flourishing beer scene – as well as what makes them so special. Local brewery Oakham Ales is featured in the new book as co-author, Adrian Tierney-Jones interviewed Oakham Ales Production Director, John Bryan.

The article about Oakham Ales covers when John Bryan first discovered the Citra hop on his annual hop finding mission to the USA, he told Adrian Tierney-Jones: “we were told that there were some spare Citra and I rubbed it in my hands and it was the most exciting thing I have ever enjoyed in brewing. I knew then I wanted to brew with it and I wanted to be the first”

Oakham Ales was the first UK brewer to launch a single varietal beer using the Citra hop in November 2009 aptly named Citra. It has since won a number of high-profile awards, the most recent this summer when the beer was awarded Champion Golden Ale at CAMRA’s Great British Beer Festival. The beer then went on to become runner-up in the overall competition.

The book reports that the days are gone when British beer drinkers were stuck with the choice of bitter or lager when ordering at the bar, as thanks to a revolution in British brewing over the last decade there are now more different styles of beer being brewed than ever before as the innovative locally based Oakham Ales illustrates.

Co-authored by award-winning beer writers Roger Protz and Adrian Tierney-Jones Britain's Beer Revolution is available to purchase through CAMRA’s website www.camra.org.uk/beerrevolution and via all good book shops.

Local Brewer, Oakham Ales Wins Gold and Silver at SIBA East Competition

Matthew Ashford, Oakham Ales Wholesale Accounts Manager, (right) receives the Gold award for Black Hole Porter at SIBA East

Black Hole PorterOakham Ales, the innovative brewery based in Peterborough, has won a gold and silver medal in the recent SIBA East (Society of Independent Brewers) Beer Competition. Black Hole Porter won the top prize in the Porter, Stouts, Old Ales and Strong Milds category and Bishops Farwell picked up the silver medal in Premium Bitters. These two beers were nominated by sixty-nine judges and selected from over 150 cask ales entered into the competition. Black Hole Porter will now go through to the SIBA national finals which take place at ‘Beer X’ to be held in Sheffield in March 2015. Oakham Ales Green Devil IPA won the National SIBA Competition in 2013.

Black Hole Porter, one of the popular beers within Oakham Ales aged and vintage range, has a 5.5% A.B.V. with big, dark malt flavours which looks almost black in colour. It has a sweet, fruity hop taste that makes this strong porter easy to drink for its comparatively high strength. Bishops Farewell is available all year round and has a 4.6% A.B.V. It is a strong premium beer dominated by elaborate fruity hop notes with a grainy background and dry finish.

Adrian Posnett, managing director of Oakham Ales says: “With so many different cask ales to choose from, it’s fantastic to win a gold and silver medal at this highly competitive regional beer competition. We now have the chance to compete again, at the national finals next year with our Black Hole Porter.”

Oakham Ales Win National Award

CitraOakham Ales is proud to be awarded Champion Golden Ale 2014 for its Citra at the recent Great British Beer Festival and the Brewery picked up the silver medal overall.

Oakham was the first UK brewer to launch a single varietal beer using the Citra hop in November 2009.  With a 4.2% A.B.V. (draught) and a slightly stronger 4.6% A.B.V. (in bottle), the beer was originally brewed on an occasional basis.  Customer response was so good, Citra earned a permanent place on the bar and in Oakham Ales bottled range in 2011.

Adrian Posnett, Managing Director of Oakham Ales said: “This is fantastic recognition for Citra as it was up against beers from all over the country – to be best in class and second overall is something the whole team is very proud of”.

Local brewer Oakham Ales is first to sign up for new beer iPhone app ‘Pint Please

Pint Please
Chief Executive of Pint Please, Juha Karppinen with Managing Director of Oakham Ales, Adrian Posnett

Pint Please!Innovative Peterborough based brewer, Oakham Ales, is the first in the UK to sign up to a new free iPhone beer app ‘Pint Please’ http://pintplease.com

The app, already a success in Finland, shows where users can discover new beers, shows their locations, gives ratings and allows the user to give and receive recommendations on which beers to try and where. Users can share this information with friends and other beer drinkers in the region.

Pint Please! Finnish-born Chief Executive, Juha Karppinen, one of the co-founders and an amateur beer enthusiast, said: “The idea came to me when I visited Finnish pubs with friends and ended up forgetting the names of the labels I enjoyed the most. Those using our app will be able to receive personalised beer recommendations based on their tastes – the app can also sync with the users others social media, such as Facebook and Twitter”.

For the UK launch, Juha Karppinen has teamed up with Tim Froggett, a Senior Marketing Lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University.

Mr Froggett says: “Anglia Ruskin is very keen to promote engagement with companies and for students to have as many opportunities to gain work experience as possible. And who better to get involved in a new beer app than students!”

Following a competition among students, Giulia Pilleri designed a special Pint Please beer (soft fruit with a hint of elderflower on the aroma; a sweet crisp fruity taste fading to a dry bitter finish, 4.1% ABV) which has been specially brewed for the launch by Oakham Ales. The beer will be available from this month and will also be on the brewery’s stand at the Peterborough Beer Festival.

As the Anglia Ruskin University has campuses in Peterborough, Chelmsford and Cambridge a ‘Pint Please’ student team will be involved in demonstrating the app at venues in these areas.

Pint Please!Adrian Posnett, Managing Director of Oakham Ales, says: “The new app is easy to navigate and attractively designed and I’m confident will be popular with our drinkers, who we know love to share their views on our beers.”

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New Portfolio and Look for Oakham Ales Wine Division

Bellwether Wines, the wine division of Peterborough-based Oakham Ales, unveils a new portfolio and corporate identity for 2014/15. Bellwether will be introducing over thirty new wines to complement its existing range with new entries from Argentina, Portugal, Italy, South Africa, Spain, Chile, France, Luxembourg and the USA. The new Bellwether logo now illustrates that it is a division of Oakham Ales by using the same font and incorporating the imagery of the strong iron rivet. To underpin its commitment of offering the best service levels to its customers all area sales managers have recently achieved Level 2 accreditation from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust and all of the sales support team have passed their level 1s. The courses focus on key grape varieties and regions of the world, equipping the team to answer queries and make recommendations to customers.

Oakham Ales have approximately two-hundred and seventy-five ‘Oakademy Members’ who serve the brewery’s award-winning ales on a permanent basis. The Company has the ability to deliver its great beer and fantastic wines in one delivery, offering the same attention to detail and customer support that customers expect from the brewery.

Bellwether Wines also has the sole UK agency and distribution rights for the highly respected wines from Dopff and Irion from Alsace. The wines from this region with its unique ‘terrior’, produce some of the greatest white wines in the world. The new portfolio also includes Sparkling Wines from Bernard-Massard in Luxembourg and a range of superb entry-level single varietal French wines - ‘Belle Fleur’.

Warren Ball, Commercial Director of Bellwether Wines says: “Bellwether joined Oakham Ales fifteen months ago and is now fully-integrated into the Peterborough site. I believe our new, carefully selected range offers our customers a fantastic choice of wines at all entry-points and feedback so far has been very positive indeed.”

For further information visit: http://www.oakhamales.com/bellwether.html

RateBeer.com names Oakham Ales in Top 100 Brewers List

The RateBeer.com website is widely recognised as one of the most accurate and visited sources for beer information and is an independent site for craft beer enthusiasts. It has recently announced its top 100 Brewers in the World list and Peterborough based, Oakham Ales, is one of the few British brewers to be named. The list is put together according to the reviews of beer enthusiasts during 2013 and weighted by performance within and outside of beer style and includes over sixteen thousand beers listed worldwide: http://www.ratebeer.com/RateBeerBest/TopBrewers-2014.asp

Since May 2000, RateBeer has remained an active forum for beer lovers to come together and share opinions of beers, and beer retailers. Established and maintained by dedicated volunteers, RateBeer has become the premier resource for consumer-driven beer ratings, features on beer culture and industry events. A vibrant community of hundreds of thousands of members from more than 100 countries rate over hundreds of different beers around the world.

Adrian Posnett, managing director, Oakham Ales says: "It’s fantastic to have been named in the high profile RateBeer top 100 list. It demonstrates that people, who are really enthusiastic about beer, are giving us great reviews. That’s very reassuring and a great accolade for our brewing team."

Oakham’s Devilishly Good Beer Soon to be available in Keg

Green Devil IPAOakham Ales Green Devil IPA, which was named Champion Cask Ale at the International Brewing Awards 2013 and Supreme Champion at the national SIBA (Society of Independent Brewers) Awards in 2012, will be available in keg format from the end of March 2014. The champion beer will also return to bottle at the same time.

Adrian Posnett, Managing Director of Oakham Ales says: "This is our first move into craft kegs. The demand for Green Devil IPA since we first launched four years ago has been huge. The return to bottle format and the move into craft keg now means that we will be able to keep pace with the ever-increasing demand for this exceptional beer."

Green Devil IPA has an A.B.V of 6% in cask, bottle (500ml) and keg (30 litres). 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. It finishes with a crisp refreshing dry aftertaste.

To place an advance order contact Oakham Ales on telephone: 01733 370500 or e-mail: sales@oakhamales.com

Peterborough-based independent Brewer – Oakham Ales Building Popularity in Scotland

Oakham Ales permament ale line-up

Eight Wetherspoon, centrally based Glasgow pubs, have selected Peterborough based brewery, Oakham Ales, to supply at least ten of their award-winning beers for its inaugural Glasgow Ale Festival (10th-19th February 2014). These Oakham Ales loving pubs are in addition to the five pubs* that have recently signed up to the brewers’ popular ‘Oakademy of Excellence’ which means they stock Oakham Ales on a permanent basis.

The eight Glasgow pubs include;
HENGLER’S CIRCUS - 351-363 Sauchiehall Street,
EDWARD G WYLIE - 107-109 Bothwell Street,
– 4 -5 West George Street,
SIR JOHN MOORE - 260-292 Argyle Street,
– 36 Jamaica Street,
– 151 West George Street,
– Xscape, King’s Inch Road
and the COUNTING HOUSE - 9 St Vincent Place.

Adrian Posnett, Oakham’s managing director says: “It’s a great opportunity to showcase our ales in the centre of Glasgow and rewarding to learn that our reputation for producing great ales is spreading far beyond our heartland. It’s particularly pleasing to learn that our ales were specially requested by these pubs.”

Oakham Ales Citra wins Burton and South Derbyshire’s Bottled Beer Awards

Citra BottleCitra brewed by Peterborough-based brewery, Oakham Ales, has been named ‘Champion of Champions’ in the Burton Mail’s annual Bottled Beer Awards. Gordon Tate feature writer of the Beer-Ometer column in the daily evening newspaper, judged the hundreds of bottles supplied throughout 2013, from the best bottled beers offered through retailers in the Burton and South Derbyshire region. A panel of experts joined Gordon to select the best of the best and included an ex-head brewer and a regional ale brands manager.

Described by Gordon as “a stunningly refreshing, hop-tastic pale beer with a sharp grapefruit bite” he continued, “I recommend anyone who hasn’t tried Citra, to pop down to their local store and stock up.”

Oakham Ales was the first UK brewer to launch a single varietal beer using the Citra hop in November 2009. With a 4.2% A.B.V. (draught) and a slightly stronger 4.6% A.B.V. (in bottle), the beer was originally brewed on an occasional basis. Customer response was so positive, Citra earned a permanent place on the bar and in Oakham Ales bottled range in 2011.

Other accolades for Citra in bottle include winning ‘Gold’ in 2012 and 2013 in the International Beer Challenge and ‘Gold’ in its category and ‘Silver’ overall in the SIBA (Society of Independent Brewers) East Midlands Competition in 2012.

Adrian Posnett, Oakham Ales managing director says: “It’s always fantastic to win an award for one of our beers, but particularly in a region where we are perhaps, slightly less well known and up against some really tough local competition.”