The annual 75 stockist event on Wednesday 22 November saw publicans from as far away as Scotland receive a trophy and certificate from Oakham’s managing director Adrian Posnett and Head Brewer Alex Kean.
Hosted by press officer David Blackmore, the pubs qualified for the event by selling 75 or more brewers barrels (over 21,000 pints) over the past year.
Mr Posnett said it was wonderful to catch up with a number of pubs across the country who have supported Oakham over the years as well as meeting pubs who qualified for this event for the first time.
He added: “This is my favourite event of the year. It’s always an incredibly special evening where we get to say a big thank you to those who have, and continue to, support us by putting Oakham Ales in pride of place in their pubs."
As well as the fine food and Oakham Ales on offer at Brewery Tap, the landlords and their guests were also able to try red and white win courtesy of Oakham’s sister company Bellwether Wines.
Pubs which qualified this year:
The Mermaid (St Albans). A permanent stockist of Citra and current CAMRA South Herts Pub of the Year and Cider Pub of the Year.
Dewdrop Inn (Ilkeston). A long-standing Oakademy stockist and permanently offers Bishops Farewell and Green Devil.
The Lodge (Alsager) A permanent stockist of Oakham beers and second time at Event 75.
Black Bulls Head (Openwoodgate). Big supporters since the pub opened and permanent stockists of Citra and Bishops Farewell.
King William IV (Nottingham). Our biggest stockist in Nottingham and permanent stockist of Bishops Farewell and Citra.
Hop Inn (Newcastle under Lyme). The current CAMRA Pub of the Year for The Potteries and returning for a second Event 75.
Babelas Continental Bar (Leicester). Currently our largest stockist in the county and permanently stocks Krombacher and a number of our wines alongside our cask beers.
Prince of Wales (Moseley). Permanent stockist of Bishops Farewell.
Oakagroup. Four pubs in the group represented by Jess and Andre from the Tap.
Malt Shovel Tavern (Northampton). Multi-award winning pub and fourth-time qualifiers for Event 75. Permanent stockists of JHB and Bishops Farewell.
Jolly Brewer (Stamford). Members of the Oakademy since it started, long-time supporters and permanent stockists of JHB.
Duke of Wellington (Norwich). A popular city pub which permanently stocks Bishops Farewell and regularly features other Oakham beers.
Rising Sun (High Wych). A permanent stockist of JHB and a previous winner of the local CAMRA branch Pub of the Year.
Half Moon (Hitchin). The last event for Howard and Wendy who retired this year. Long-time supporters of Oakham.
The Wellington (Birmingham). The biggest stockist of Citra in the country and supporters of Oakham for a long time.
The Grove (Huddersfield). Second time at the event for these permanent Citra stockists
The Bailey Head (Oswestry). Welcome to first-timers at the event.
Staggs Bar (Musselburgh). Furthest travellers to Event 75 and permanent Oakham stockists for many years. Glasgow’s Pub of the Year for the fourth consecutive year.
Oakham attendees: Adrian Posnett – Managing Director, Warren Ball – Commercial Director, Matthew Ashford – On Trade Sales Manager, Paul Langley – Sales Development Manager, Alex Kean – Head Brewer, Emma Walker – HR & Finance Manager, Jo Coleman – Area Sales Manager, Marcus Gregory – Area Sales Manager, Olly Ford – National Sales Executive, Will Fry – Area Sales Manager,
Helen Jarvis – National Sales Executive, Jonny Shaw – Area Sales Manager, Elizabeth Louch – National Sales Executive and Nigel Wattam – Trade Development Ambassador.
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