2015 News

Oakham Ales Expands Team
and Brewery for 2016


l-r Lindsey Faull, Brewery Administrator, Neil Galloway, Operations Manager and Talia Karim, Sales Support Assistant.

Oakham Ales has expanded its head office team to forty-four people following several high profile awards for its beers. Planning permission has also recently been granted to expand the Brewery, with a plan in place to double the current annual brewing capacity to 100,000 hectolitres. The head-office team has grown over three-fold during the past five years, reflecting the success of this dynamic and expanding business which has seen consistent year on year growth of around 25% throughout this period.

Seven recent appointments include; Neil Galloway, Operations Manager, Dominic Leighton, National Sales Executive (North), Jonathan Shaw, Area Sales Manager (London), Lindsey Faull, Brewery Administrator (part-time), Steve Corry, Drayman, Mike Simpson, Off-Trade and Export (part-time) and Talia Karim who began as an apprentice and will now become a full-time Sales Support Assistant. A further appointment of a National Sales Executive to cover the South is also expected to be made within the next few weeks.

The appointment of Jonathan Shaw as a dedicated Area Sales Manager based in London, a new area to have direct supply from the Brewery, will further support Oakham’s current distribution routes into London in the wake of the buoyant market conditions and increasing demand for its multi award-winning range of ales, kegs and ciders there.

Oakham Ales 2015Core Range
Oakham Ales core range 2015.

Oakham Ales produce exceptional full flavoured hoppy beers with its core range winning multiple awards. Its Green Devil IPA has been named Champion Cask Ale at The International Brewing Awards 2015. The Brewery also picked up the Champion title in 2013 when it last ran. The cask beer has won fifteen gold medals and nineteen awards in total since it was launched five years ago, including being named Supreme Champion at the national SIBA (Society of Independent Brewers) Awards in 2012.

Adrian Posnett, Managing Director, Oakham Ales comments: "With the continuing success of our core range and plans to expand our keg line-up for 2016 we wanted to ensure that all areas of the business had the additional support necessary to ensure that we are able to continue to deliver the high level of service that our customers have come to expect from us. Despite tough competition with new breweries launching every week, I’m delighted to report that Oakham Ales has maintained steady growth in all areas and I’m confident that the new appointees will help us to continue to build on that success."

Dopff & Irion launch 5 new White Wines and a Crémant Brut Blanc de Blancs Available in the UK through Bellwether Wines



Bellwether Wines, the wine division of Oakham Ales, the multi-award winning Brewery based in Peterborough, is the distributor for the highly respected wines from Dopff and Irion from Alsace. The wines from this region with its unique ‘terroir, produce some of the greatest white wines in the world. The 2015 portfolio introduces 5 white wines from the Cuvée René Dopff range plus a Crémant Brut Blanc de Blancs. The new range includes delicious dry, sweet and sparkling wines. Dopff & Irion wines are sold in more than 30 countries and were voted best French wine producer in 2002 by the IWSC and were finalists in 2014.



1. Pinot Blanc Cuvée René Dopff – Fresh & Dry
Aromas of peach and apple. The dryest wine of the range, fresh, crisp with smoky notes.
Pairing: asparagus, onion tart, sushi.

2. Riesling Cuvée René Dopff - Mineral

Aromas of lemon, grapefruit and white flowers. Well-balanced, with warm stone notes.
Pairing: grilled fish, shellfish, salmon, prawns.

3. Muscat Cuvée René Dopff - Floral
Aromas of white flowers. A floral wine, elegant and clean.
Pairing: asparagus, ginger crab, summer salad, Parma ham.

4. Pinot Gris Cuvée René Dopff – Fruity & Structured
Aromas of dried fruits, plums and apricots. Well-balanced, with a good structure and a long finish.
Pairing: spring rolls, chicken, duck.

5. Gewurztraminer Cuvée René Dopff – Exotic & Sweet
Aromas of rose, lychee, pineapple. Exotic notes, long and aromatic, with a long finish.
Pairing: blue cheese, spicy food (thai cuisine, indian cuisine, sushi), fruit salads, fruit tarts.

Wines serving: Up to 5 years – 10-12°C

6. Crémant Brut Blanc de Blancs Light & Crisp
Aromas of white flowers and apple. Perfectly dry, with fine lasting bubbles.
Pairing: steamed prawns, lobsters, scallops

Serving: Up to 2-3 years – 7-8°C

Oakham Ales’ Green Devil IPA Once Again Named ‘Champion Cask Ale’ at the International Brewing Awards 2015


Jauntily clad John Bryan, Oakham Ales Production Director, with the Champion Cask Ale Trophy at the International Brewing Awards 2015.

Oakham Ales Green Devil IPA has been named Champion Cask Ale at The International Brewing Awards 2015. The Brewery picked up the Champion title in 2013 when it last ran.

More than 400 people attended the celebration, among them many of the brewers and cider makers from all over the world who had entered the bi-annual competition.

Adrian Posnett, Managing Director of Oakham Ales commented: “To be awarded Champion Cask Ale for Green Devil IPA twice, in competition with 23 other countries is incredible. Green Devil IPA has won seven gold medals and fourteen awards in total, since we launched the beer just five years ago, including being named Supreme Champion at the national SIBA (Society of Independent Brewers) Awards in 2012. Praise indeed for our creative and hard-working brewery team.”

Green Devil IPA has an A.B.V of 6%. 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. Green Devil IPA finishes with a crisp refreshing dry aftertaste.

Launched in craft keg format at the end of March 2014 the champion beer is also available in bottle through major multiples and selected independents.

Two Internal Promotions to Oakham Ales Brewing Team

The fact that Oakham Ales trophy cabinet is bursting at the seams has led to two recent internal promotions to the Brewery team. Stewart Poulter (aged 37), becomes Assistant Brewer and Ed Sharman (aged 26) is promoted to Trainee Brewer.

Stewart has been working with Oakham Ales for the past eleven years and now supports Head Brewer, Alex Kean on a daily basis. He is currently helping develop and test three new recipes. Stewart is also studying for his Diploma in Brewing, a 3 module exam.

Ed Sharman who has been with Oakham Ales for nearly four years has moved from Racking/Brewery team leader to Trainee Brewer. He now helps transfer fermenting beer into conditioning tanks and works in the Laboratory checking quality, colour, gravity, yeast content and pH balance of beer and is also currently studying for his General Certificate in Brewing.

Adrian Posnett, Managing Director, Oakham Ales says: “We have been lucky to receive many accolades for our beers both on a national and international level. It gives me great pleasure to be able to reward and promote good people from within the Brewery. I am confident that Stewart and Ed will benefit hugely from working alongside our Head Brewer, Alex Kean and that Oakham Ales will gain from their positive attitude and enthusiasm for their new posts.
Over the past five years, the team at Oakham Ales has nearly doubled from twenty to forty. We are currently looking to expand the brewery and warehouse which will mean recruiting a further twelve more people over the next 3 years to join our head office team.”

Oakham Ales wins place in national beer finals

Peterborough based, Oakham Ales, is taking its beer to Sheffield in March, to compete against brews from across the country at the BeerX National Beer Competition 2015 organised by the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA).

The brewery’s Black Hole Porter earned its place at the national finals by winning a Gold Medal in its category at a regional SIBA competition. It is one of just a handful of beers to represent the East Region at BeerX, where it will be judged against beers of the same style from all over the country. Gold, Silver and Bronze medals are awarded in each category, as well as three Supreme Champion Awards, given to the best cask, keg and bottled beers. Winners will be announced on Wednesday 18 March 2015.

Adrian Posnett, Oakham Ales Managing Director says, “We are delighted to have this opportunity to compete on a national stage with our Black Hole Porter, against some of the finest beers from all over the UK. We’re grateful to the many local pubs, shops and drinkers who support us.”

Black Hole Porter is one of the popular beers within Oakham Ales aged and vintage range. It 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.

After being judged by a panel of more than 100 judges, all the beers will be sold to drinkers at the BeerX Festival of Beer. Beer enthusiasts and novices are expected to visit the festival and enjoy some of the 200+ ales, lagers, stouts, milds and other styles of beer on offer. Visitors will also be able to sample Oakham’s Bishops Farewell. This beer 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.

SIBA managing director Mike Benner said, “There are now more than 1,400 small brewers in the UK, producing innovative, flavourful beers that have fuelled the regeneration of the British beer market and introduced millions of consumers to our national drink. With hundreds of beers entered into at our regional beer competitions, winning an award and progressing to the national finals is a mark of a quality beer and Oakham Ales should be very proud of their achievement.”

Oakham Ales Green Devil IPA Wins Gold Medal at International Brewing Awards 2015

Oakham Ales Green Devil IPA has been awarded the Gold Medal in its category in this bi-annual competition after a three-day judging session at the National Brewery Centre in Burton-upon-Trent. The beer was named Champion Cask Ale at The International Brewing Awards 2013.

A panel of 43 judges assessed close to 1,000 beers and ciders submitted from 50 countries. The medal winners came from 23 different countries and a broad spectrum of producers from regional micro-brewers to multi-national companies. Adrian Posnett, Managing Director of Oakham Ales commented: “To be awarded the Gold Medal in the category after winning Champion Cask Ale for Green Devil IPA last time the competition was held, in 2013, is praise indeed, especially as we are competing internationally.”

Chair of judges Bill Taylor said, “The standard of entries this year was again extremely high and our judging panel put in long hours tasting and debating the merits of the beers and ciders, to arrive at a consensus on the medal winners. Brewers and cider makers who entered this competition can be confident that their product received quality consideration from our judges.”

The multi-award winning Green Devil IPA has an A.B.V of 6%. 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. Green Devil IPA finishes with a crisp refreshing dry aftertaste.

The Awards are unique in requiring that all judges are currently working as brewers or cider makers. Oakham Ales will now attend the Awards luncheon at London Guildhall on the 29th April 2015 to learn which beer will be named overall champion.