In a brewery far, far away...
Citra becomes Oakham’s best selling beer overtaking JHB.
The new Green Devil wrapped taxi is launched to coincide with direct deliveries into London.
Work starts on expansion plans to increase brewing capacity over the next few years.
The new ‘Craftworks’ range is launched at Craft Beer Rising in London in February.
Oakham Ales launches a new range of craft kegs and also launches a range of ciders in conjunction with Hogan's Cider.
Green Devil IPA wins Champion Cask Ale for the second time in two years at The International Brewing Awards.
The M&S bottle range increases to four with the introduction of Styrian Goldings and Double Hopped Citra to the range.
Twitter followers increase to over 15,000.
A record number of members attend the annual Oakademy event at The Brewery Tap.
Brewery expansion plans continue to move forward with an increase in conditioning tanks and an increase in sales team numbers.
Oakham Ales launches its first craft keg beer with the award winning Green Devil IPA.
Bellwether Wines launches its new logo with the release of the brand new wine portfolio in May.
Oakham signs up as a Corportate Sponsor to Peterborough Cathedral to support their ‘900’ campaign.
Oakham becomes the first brewery to sign up to the Pint Please app.
Citra is named Champion Golden Ale at The Great British Beer Festival.
Black Hole Porter wins gold at the SIBA Eastern Beer awards.
Production Director, John Bryan, features in the new ‘Britain’s Beer Revolution’ book.
Oakham Ales acquires Bellwether Wines with Warren Ball appointed Wine Director. Green Devil IPA named Champion Cask Ale at the prestigious International Brewing Awards at the Guildhall in London.
Our own brand cider named Oaple is produced in conjuction with Hogans Cider. The Oaka Group opens Oaka at The Mansion House in Kennington, London, the home of Oakham Ales in the capital. Citra IPA is brewed exclusively for Marks & Spencer and added to their bottle range. A special 20th Anniversary Ale is brewed to celebrate the brewery’s 20th birthday in September. A new cask washer is installed at the brewery in November. Green Devil IPA continues its success story with more awards at the SIBA East competition and the St. Albans beer festival. Oakham Ales becomes a corporate member of Cask Marque.
New brew, Green Devil IPA, wins multiple awards including SIBA Supreme Champion and former seasonal ale, Scarlet Macaw, is launched as a permanent beer to replace White Dwarf. Hawse Buckler is used in a dessert of a Michelin starred restaurant – Nobu in London. We brew Carioca for the Peterborough CAMRA Beer Festival and celebrate our troops return with special ale ‘Return of the Vikings. Oakham becomes the first brewery to make use of the native American hop (‘Humulus Lupulus Neomexicanus’) in a special beer named ‘Multihead’. We begin to export our core bottled range plus Green Devil IPA to Slovenia, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Southern Ireland and Hong Kong. Leading German brewery Krombacher, selects us as their UK importer and our Oakademy of Excellence grows to two-hundred and fifty members. Head Office gets a new IT system and the brewery’s cold store doubles in size.
In 2011 our retail presence in supermarkets and independents grew significantly with Oakham winning permanent listings in Tesco and Waitrose. We also brewed Cambridgeshire Golden Ale for M&S which is still available nationally. To keep up with demand for our beers we doubled our sales force from two to four people and members of our Oakademy of Excellence grew to two hundred. New beers launched include: Dreamcatcher, brewed especially for the Peterborough CAMRA Beer Festival and Green Devil IPA - the big brother of Citra.
On January 4th 2010 Adrian Posnett joined Oakham Ales as Sales & Marketing Director with a brief to put together and implement a long term growth plan for the company. By May of 2010 a very challenging growth plan was in place and Adrian was appointed Managing Director. The field sales team increased from two to three in June and further staff were taken on in both the brewery and distribution teams. 2010 also saw Citra introduced as the fifth permanent beer due to popular demand and expansion was underway as the company doubled the size of its Maxwell Road premises due to increasing sales and beer volumes.
The start of 2009 saw us get off to a great start with big wins at the SIBA East and National Competitions and being awarded CAMRA Supreme Champion Winter Beer of Britain with Attila!
January also saw the introduction of the Oakademy of Excellence with all of the exclusive specialty beers brewed on the brand-new brewery at the Brewery Tap plant.
The start of 2008 saw the launch of our fourth permanent beer "Inferno" and shortly after the new pump clip range based on our logo.
Spring and onwards saw the removal of the old brewery from Westgate, which was sold to our friends at Greenjack Brewery in Lowestoft. Late summer saw the final commissioning of the show piece brewery and the return of brewing at the Brewery Tap, after a gap of two years. On 10th October we had another party to celebrate the Brewery Taps 10th birthday, our Head Brewer's (John Bryan) 20th year of brewing and the opening of the new brewery. Two new beers were added to the mix X-Terminator at 7.9% and Charlie Mouse at 9%, just to keep the wheels greased.
New beers such as Asylum and Haka appearing in 2007 and the sole supply of real ale into the Latitude Festival in Suffolk under the guise of "Hektors Brewery", which continues to this day. All of which were brewed on the new plant.
During 2007 the old 35 barrel plant based at The Brewery Tap was only used three times. The decision was therefore taken to sell this plant and install a smaller show piece brew house to do special or one-off brews was to be commissioned. With that the old brewery was sold and Industrial Techniques based in Suffolk were given the job in the closing days of December to fabricate a brand new 10HL (6 barrel) brew plant to incorporate a level of automation to match the new 75 barrel brew plant at Maxwell Road.
Oakham Ales new 75 barrel brew house officially opened on Friday 13th October 2006 (It's first commissioning brew was on April 1st 06). A large party of people consisting of brewers, industry guests, VIPs and the talented group responsible for the success of the project attended to see the opening ceremony conducted by the two partners, Paul Hook and John Bryan with lots of help from all of the Oakham staff. The symbolic padlock and chain was cut by John Wood, the original owner and brewer, who left Oakham Ales way back in 1995.