Glasses were raised in celebration at the Peterborough-based brewery last night and the entire workforce was delighted to learn the independent guide had chosen Oakham Ales for the top spot.
“We were absolutely thrilled to be told that Oakham Ales has been named Brewer of the Year. It’s a fantastic award from one of the best-known publications in the industry and reflects the hard work of the team and commitment to our customers,” said managing director Adrian Posnett. “This is proving to be a very special year, with more awards for our beers, expansion plans well underway and now this.”
The brewery has won the Good Pub Guide’s Own Brew Pub of the Year for the Brewery Tap three times over the last 19 years and the editor of Good Pub Guide Fiona Stapley said the publication ‘knows and loves’ the company’s ales.
“We have thousands of readers on our database who send us regular reports and letters and thoughts about pubs and beers in general, as well as specific details on pubs they visit," she explained. “I always keep a careful check on reports over the year to see what highlights stand out. And Oakham Ales have come in for particular praise – for their regular beers as well as their seasonal ones. And they love the Brewery Tap in Peterborough of course.
“Oakham Ales’ prices are fair, their award-winning beers are excellent as well as interesting and they are constantly coming up with new ideas rather than just sticking to what they know and branching out to reach new areas. Their innovation and enthusiasm for the company really stands out. So we feel this is a well deserved accolade.”
This latest honour for the team at Oakham Ales comes after the brewery’s best selling beer Citra was awarded the Champion Golden Beer of Britain and Bronze in the overall Supreme Champion Beer competition at this year’s Great British Beer Festival held in London last month. (AUG)
The festival, staged at Olympia, is one of the biggest and most prestigious on the brewers’ calendar and the top beers of the show were announced by festival organisers, CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale. More than 1,000 beers, ciders and perries were showcased at the event.
The Good Pub Guide is the country’s best selling travel guide and has been for around 30 years. It has been truly independent since 1982 and provides readers with a huge amount of information, including reviews and is meticulous in its research.
This year’s Good Pub Guide, published by Ebury, part of Penguin Random House, is available today (September 5). For more information see the website www.thegoodpubguide.co.uk
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