Oakham Ales is a multi-award winning brewery with a worldwide reputation for its innovative approach and for the quality and consistency of its brews. Oakham started brewing in Rutland back in 1993 and is now based in Peterborough (Cambridgeshire).

Famous as the first brewery in the UK to brew a beer with 100% Citra hops, Oakham celebrated its 25th anniversary in October 2018 and we’re looking forward to many more exciting years of brewing.

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2019
  • 2019

    2019 - Citra – Champion Golden Beer of Britain

    Citra wins Gold in the Golden Ales category at the Great British Beer Festival – for the second time in 6 years!

    It also takes Bronze in the Supreme Champion Beer of Britain competition at the Festival – all this in the year of Citra’s 10th anniversary!

     

    Yes, it’s been 10 years already since John Bryan, our Brewing Director, discovered Citra hop on one of his hop sourcing trips to the USA!

     

    Top right: Alex Kean, Head Brewer, receives the award; Bottom right: Oakham’s team celebrates the success.

  • 2019

    2019 - Three Awards in One Week for Green Devil IPA

    Green Devil IPA wins Gold in SIBA’s National Awards (Cask IPA category), Bronze in the International Brewing Awards (Cask category) and Bronze in the SIBA East Competition (Keg IPA). Not a bad week!

     

    Here’s the brewing team celebrating the success!

     

  • 2019

    2019 - Can Launch

    A lot of research and development has gone into our new brews and their presentation. As part of the research we used the eye tracking technology from our friends at the Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge. We’ve tested various can prototypes on consumers and you can now see the winning designs.

    All beer for the cans is brewed in our new Whirlpool copper using top quality hop pellets for exciting, explosive new flavours.

  • 2018

    2018 - A Tribute Beer for John Wood

    A tribute beer for John Wood. Morris dancer, founder of Oakham Ales and beer pioneer. John Wood created JHB and Bishops Farewell – both still part of our core range.

  • 2018

    2018 - Oakham’s 25th Anniversary

    We started with our  first brew of JHB in September 1993.

     

    75 million pints and more than 250 beers later we celebrated our 25th anniversary with a very special anniversary brew of Elephant in The Whirlpool – brewed in our new Whirlpool copper.

     

    Here’s to the next 25 years!

  • 2018

    2018 - New Branding

    Using extensive market research into customer and consumer perceptions and appreciation of our beers, we redesigned our pump clips and labels for eye-catching and more contemporary look.

     

    Check it out HERE

  • 2017

    2017 - Brewery Expansion Works

    Work continued on the new 900 m2 building that will be a home for 16 new DPV fermentation and conditioning vessels, a new cold store and improved water processing facilities. This will double existing tank capacity and allow Oakham to brew up to 75,000 brewers’ barrels of beer per year. A new “Whirlpool” copper was also acquired.

     

    View video HERE

  • 2016

    2016 - Citra Becomes Our Best Selling Beer!

    Taking the top spot from the legendary JHB.

  • 2016

    2016 - Our Green Devil Wrapped Taxi

    Launched to coincide with direct deliveries into London.

  • 2016

    2016 - Craftworks Keg Range Launch

    Tiki Blonde and American Pale join Green Devil IPA. Launched at Craft Beer Rising in London – February 2016.

  • 2015

    2015 - Green Devil IPA Wins World Champion Cask Ale – Again!

    A second success for our flagship IPA at The International Brewing Awards.

  • 2015

    2015 - Ed Sharman – Brewer

    Ed’s creations include Moon Landing and Slovenian Wolf.

    His all time favourite Oakham beer is Hawse Buckler.

  • 2015

    2015 - New Tank Farm

    External tank farm completed for transferring bottle and keg beers.

  • 2014

    2014 - Oakham’s First Craft Keg Beer

    The award winning Green Devil IPA launched in keg.

  • 2014

    2014 - Citra – Champion Golden Beer of Britain!

    Citra was named Champion Golden Ale at The Great British Beer Festival.

  • 2014

    2014 - Oakham – First to Sign up to the Pint Please App

    Oakham Ales signs on with a special celebratory brew.

  • 2013

    2013 - Oakham Ales Acquires Bellwether Wines

    Warren Ball appointed Wine Director.

  • 2013

    2013 - Green Devil IPA Named World Champion Cask Ale

    Green Devil IPA named Champion Cask Ale at the prestigious International Brewing Awards at the Guildhall in London.

    John Bryan, Brewing Director at Oakham Ales, receives the trophy from Rob Willock of the Publican’s Morning Advertiser.

  • 2013

    2013 - A New Beer for Marks & Spencer

    Citra IPA is brewed exclusively for Marks & Spencer and added to their bottle range.

  • 2012

    2012 - Stewart Poulter Becomes a Brewer

    Stewart Poulter joined the company back in 2004, he becomes a brewer in 2012. One of his creations is Hangar 17.

  • 2012

    2012 - Leading German Brewery Krombacher Selects Oakham

    Krombacher selects us as one of their UK importers – the start of a great friendship.

  • 2011

    2011 - First Brews of Scarlet Macaw and Green Devil IPA

    Green Devil, the big brother of Citra is born!

     

    Scarlet Macaw also joins the Permanent range in 2012.

  • 2011

    2011 - Oakham Wins Listings in Tesco and Waitrose

    In 2011 our retail presence in supermarkets and independents grew significantly – especially with listings in Tesco and Waitrose.

  • 2010

    2010 - The Original UK Citra

    Citra launched and becomes fifth permanent beer.

  • 2010

    2010 - New Head Brewer

    Alex Kean becomes Head Brewer with  John Bryan becoming Brewing Director.

  • 2010

    2010 - Adrian Posnett Appointed as MD

    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. Expansion was underway as the company doubled the size of its Maxwell Road premises due to increasing sales and beer volumes.

  • 2009

    2009 - John Bryan Discovers Citra Hop

    In 2009 on his annual hop sourcing trip to Yakima Valley in the USA, John Bryan (then our Head Brewer) discovered an exceptional new hop variety – Citra. He rushed it to the UK, ensuring that Oakham Ales were the first UK brewery to brew a beer with 100% Citra hops and maintaining Oakham’s reputation for pioneering innovation. Click HERE to read more.

     

    View video of John’s Hop Dive HERE

  • 2008

    2008 - “Oakademy of Excellence” is Launched

    The Oakademy of Excellence is Oakham’s Inner Sanctum!

    Members are permanent stockists of Oakham Ales serving our beers at their very best.

     

    The first stockists to sign up were The King Billy in Nottingham and The Kingston Arms in Cambridge – both are still members today.

  • 2008

    2008 - Launch of Inferno

    Inferno becomes Oakham’s fourth permanent beer.

  • 2008

    2008 - Small Batch Brew House

    With the main production moving away from the Brewery Tap, the old 35 barrel plant based there was only used three times in 2007.

     

    In 2008 the decision was therefore taken to sell this plant and install a small batch (6 barrel) brew house to produce special and one-off brews.

  • 2006

    2006 - Alex Kean Joins as a Brewer

    Alex’s creations include Blue Skies (it is actually him on the pump clip as Alex’s hobby is skydiving) and Tranquility.

  • 2006

    2006 - New Home for Oakham Ales

    Oakham Ales moves to a new 75 barrel brew house in Woodston, Peterborough. The symbolic padlock and chain was cut by John Wood, the original owner and brewer.

  • 2002

    2002 - Hop Sourcing Trips to USA

    John Bryan, Head Brewer (at the time, now Brewing Director), starts on hop sourcing trips to USA (he’s been every year since, apart from 2006 when the brewery moved).

  • 2001

    2001 - JHB Wins at GBBF

    JHB becomes Supreme Champion Beer of Britain at the Great British Beer Festival!

  • 2000

    2000 - Chris Turpin Joins Oakham

    Designer Chris Turpin joins Oakham. His amazing artwork can be seen on all of our pump clips, bottle labels, new can artwork and most of the website artwork etc. Chris’s favourite pump clip design is Red Neck.

  • 2000

    2000 - Our Logo is Born

    It’s all about the rivets! As John Bryan is mad about the rivets, he had to have them incorporated within the logo – together with the company name initials.

  • 1998

    1998 - Ivor the Great!

    Steam boiler named Ivor arrives – named after Ivor the Engine from the  famous children’s TV programme of the time.

  • 1998

    1998 - Oakham Ales moves to Peterborough

    Oakham Ales moves to the new 35 barrel brewery in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire.

  • 1995

    1995 - John Bryan Becomes Head Brewer

    A legend in UK craft brewing, John started occasionally helping out Oakham Ales as a callow youth in 1994 and became Head Brewer on John Wood’s retirement in 1995.

     

    25 years later he is still full of ideas for new and exciting Oakham beers!

    John also comes up with most of their names and the ideas for our pump clip designs – every single one has a story behind it!

  • 1995

    1995 - John Wood Retires from Oakham Ales

    John Wood, founder and first brewer at Oakham Ales, hands over the reins.

  • 1993 1993-pint-beer-mats

    1993 - First Beer Released!

    JHB  – one of the very first UK beers to be generously hopped with USA sourced hops.

     

    The inspiration for the beer was Sir Jeffrey Hudson, also known as “Lord Minimus”, a courtier in the service of King Charles I.

    Sir Jeffrey Hudson was from Oakham – the smallest man in the smallest county!

     

    Like the beer, his modest strength was more than made up for in character!

     

  • 1993

    1993 - Oakham Ales Founded

    John Wood sets up a brewery in Oakham, Rutland with a capacity of 10 barrels a week.

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