White Dwarf – Available NOW!

The next seasonal beer in our rather rudely interrupted 2020 line-up will be another great Oakham favourite – White Dwarf.

Originally a wheat beer, we’ve evolved the recipe over the last few years and White Dwarf is now a clean, fruity, zesty golden ale.

Pioneer and Challenger from the UK plus Cascade from the USA are the hops with Maris Otter now the main malt with just a touch of Wheat.

Available for delivery from 21 September.

PRE-ORDER FROM 7 SEPTEMBER.

 

 

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Endless Summer !!

Our customers have been quizzing as to when we’ll be re-commencing with our seasonal beers .

Well the answer is 17th August and what better beer to start with than that perennial Oakham favourite – “Endless Summer”.

Light, quaffable and superbly refreshing, Endless Summer begins with fruity aromas and tastes before surfing an endless wave of bitterness.

Skilfully hopped with a blend of USA and New Zealand sourced hops and with quite remarkable depth and complexity of aroma and flavour for the ABV.

Available to pre-order NOW!

Style: Session Ale
ABV: 3.4%
Hops: Cascade, Willamette, Chinook (all USA), Nelson Sauvin (New Zealand)
Malts: Maris Otter and Wheat Malt
Colour: Light Gold
Allergens: Contains Gluten

 

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Mr Hyde – Now Available!

Packed with powerful citrus hops and a dangerous level of bitterness.

Mr Hyde was originally intended to be the alter ego to our planned June 2020 low ABV seasonal beer “Dr Jekyll”.

A Strange Case of Two Very Different Beers ….!

That was the plan at any rate.

Something rather more sinister got in the way of that but whilst “Dr Jekyll” is on hold for a while, Mr Hyde is now available for sale.

Another powerful new addition to our cask aged range.

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Small Brewer Duty Relief – Our View

Oakham Ales is a member of SBDRC and also a member of SIBA.

As our business has grown we’ve appreciated the benefits that Small Brewers Duty Relief has given in helping us invest in the expansion of our brewery, but we have felt for some time now that the scheme needed review and fine tuning.

First and foremost, we believe that the UK’s Beer Duty Rate is excessive, with rates  in the majority of the rest of Europe being very substantially below the UK level.

Secondly, as a “small medium” brewer producing (Pre COVID-19) around 45,000HL per annum, we have been in the increasingly difficult situation of paying nearly as much Duty as larger national and multi-national brewers whilst being unable to achieve anywhere near the economies of scale in brewing, logistics and support functions from which these organisations benefit.

We also suffer from the fact that under the present scheme, any increase in Duty rate is applied across the entire production rather than being stepped as would be the case in a more progressive tax.

We strongly believe that the current scaling of relief constitutes a barrier not only to further expansion but to sustainable consolidation at our current level of production.

It was to address this issue that we became members of SBDRC but we certainly do not agree with the reduction of the Small Brewers threshold – this is an unwarranted, punitive and unnecessary step.

Small Brewers Duty Relief has played a huge part in encouraging entrants to the industry and the vibrancy and variety that has so enhanced the UK brewing scene in recent years is a tribute to this.

However we make no apology for being in support of any amendments to the scheme that will address the difficulties faced by brewers similar to ourselves in the “squeezed middle” of the brewing world.

Frankly, even before the massive shock provided by COVID-19 it had become business critical for us that some reform is put into place but this most certainly doesn’t need to be at the expense of small brewers and you can be certain that we will represent this opinion within the forums of which we are members and with our local MP as consultation on the review progresses.

 

 

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Takeout Update 22 May

Some more pubs doing Oakham cask takeouts this week:-

Alexandra Arms (Cambridge)

Portland Arms (Cambridge)

Bald Buzzard (Leighton Buzzard)

Black Lion (Leighton Buzzard)

Six Bells (St Albans)

Merchants Arms (Rugby)

Thanks guys!

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