Founded in 1993, Oakham Ales is one of the most respected names in craft brewing with a worldwide reputation for its innovative approach and for the quality and consistency of its brews. Over 200 major awards have been won by the brewery’s superb beers .
Oakham's signature brews are light gold in colour, hoppy, full of flavour and very refreshing - contemporary beers appealing to a wide spectrum of consumers worldwide.
Production Director John Bryan makes regular trips to the USA to personally select the hops used in our beers - ensuring that we stay at the very forefront of craft ale brewing.
Oakham Ales was established in October 1993 in Oakham (Rutland) - the first beer brewed was Jeffrey Hudson Bitter (JHB.)
Further beers were added in 1994/5 and the first awards won by the increasingly popular ales.
The brewery was extended in 1996 and Bishops Farewell became a permanent ale in the same year.
In 1998 the brewery relocated to new premises in Peterborough, a 35 barrel plant being installed in the new Brewery Tap brew pub and in 2001 JHB won “Supreme Champion Beer of Great Britain” – the most prestigious prize in UK brewing.
Rapidly increasing demand meant that capacity at the Brewery Tap site was reached and in October 2006 a new 75 barrel brewery was opened in the Woodston area of Peterborough.
Volume has doubled in the last three years with particularly rapid growth in bottled beer production and Oakham Ales today brews 23000 brewers barrels (37600 HL) of beer per year. That’s 6.6m pints!