Representatives from 24 Oakham Ales-serving pubs across the UK enjoyed a special evening last week at Brewery Tap in Peterborough to celebrate their support for the award-winning brewery.
The annual 75 stockist event on Wednesday 23 November saw publicans from as far away as Huddersfield, Cheltenham and Norwich receive a trophy and certificate from Oakham’s managing director Adrian Posnett and Head Brewer Alex Kean.
Hosted by press officer David Blackmore, the pubs qualified for the event by selling 75 or more brewers barrels (over 21,000 pints) over the past year.
Mr Posnett said it was wonderful to catch up with a number of pubs across the country who have supported Oakham over the years as well as meeting pubs who qualified for this event for the first time.
He added: “This is my favourite event of the year. It’s always an incredibly special evening where we get to say a big thank you to those who have, and continue to, support us by putting Oakham Ales in pride of place in their pubs."
As well as the fine food and Oakham Ales on offer at Brewery Tap, the landlords and their guests were also able to try StoneWalker’s Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon, courtesy of Oakham’s sister company Bellwether Wines.
Pubs who qualified event included:
Babelas Continental Bar (Leicester)
. Regular stockist of not only our cask ales but also Krombacher (both Pils and Weizen) and wines from the Bellwether wine range. Featured in this year’s CAMRA Good Beer Guide.
Black Bulls Head (Openwoodgate)
. Regular stockist of Citra, Bishops Farewell and Green Devil IPA both in the main bar and at weekends in the outside ‘Bedlam Bar’. Twice previous winners of the Amber Valley CAMRA pub of the year.
Dewdrop Inn (Ilkeston)
. Bishop’s Farewell and Green Devil IPA permanently available which combine to make the Ilkeston favourite ‘Bevil’! A regular good beer guide entry.
Duke of Wellington (Norwich)
. Permanently stocking both JHB & Bishop’s Farewell, the pub has been a huge favourite with real ale fans for a number of years and they continue to be big supporters of Oakham Ales.
The Grove (Huddersfield)
. First time at the event. Permanent Citra stockist.
Half Moon (Hitchin)
. Huge supporter of Oakham Ales over the last few years. The pub is a regular award winner and is currently Hertfordshire Pub of the Year.
Hop Inn (Newcastle under Lyme)
. Local CAMRA pub of the year in 2015 and regular Citra stockist.
Jolly Brewer (Stamford)
. Permanent JHB stockist and third time qualifier. Previous winner of both local CAMRA branch pub of the year as well as Lincolnshire pub of the year.
King William IV (Nottingham)
. Currently features Citra, Bishops Farewell and also stocks Krombacher and the new Craftworks range. A regular Oakham stockist for a number of years and one of the best real ale pubs in Nottingham.
The Lodge Inn (Alsager).
Permanent Oakham stockist. First time at the event
Malt Shovel (Ashby)
. Regular Oakham Ales stockist for some time now. Also a recent local CAMRA pub of the year.
Malt Shovel Tavern (Northampton)
. Third time qualifiers but Mike and Roz have now retired from the pub. A big thank you to them as a huge supporter of Oakham Ales over the years.
The Merchants Inn (Rugby)
. Permanent Bishops Farewell stockist and first attendance at this event. As well as being a pub in rugby it’s known as ‘The Pub of Rugby’.
The Mermaid (St. Albans)
. Permanent Citra stockist and attended all three of these events. Regular winner of the local CAMRA branch Cider Pub of the Year.
. Paul Hook, Oakham Ales senior partner, represented the four Oaka group pubs.
Prince of Wales (Moseley)
. Permanently stocks Bishops Farewell. A good beer guide entry for many years, this three bar pub is a real community local.
Rising Sun (High Wych)
. Permanent JHB stockist and CAMRA good beer guide entry. Previous winner of the local CAMRA branch pub of the year.
Sandford Park Alehouse (Cheltenham)
. Permanent Citra and Krombacher stockist and long-time supporter of Oakham Ales in other pubs.
Swan & Rushes (Leicester).
Permanent JHB & Bishop’s Farewell stockist for a number of years now.
The Wellington (Birmingham)
. Not only permanent Citra stockist but the biggest single outlet stockist of Citra in the country. On a quiet week they still average over 800 pints of Citra a week.
White Lion (Kimberley).
First time qualifiers for the event, the White Lion permanently features Bishop’s Farewell, and was this year’s Nottingham CAMRA pub of the Year.
In attendance from Oakham Ales were:
Helen Jarvis (National Sales Executive for the West)
, Neil Galloway (Operations Manager)
, Matthew Ashford (National Sales Manager)
, Alex Kean (Head Brewer)
, Jonathan Shaw (Area Sales Manager)
, Paul Langley (Free Trade Sales Manager)
, Marcus Gregory (Area Sales Manager
), Elizabeth Louch (National Sales Executive for the East)
, Will Fry (Area Sales Manager),
Warren Ball (Commercial Director)
, Olly Ford (National Sales Executive for the North)
, Adrian Posnett (Managing Director),
Nigel Wattam (Marketing Manager)