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Oakham Ales founder John Wood named in Campaign for Real Ale roll of honour

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A brewer has been honoured for his outstanding contributions to the industry.

The founder of Oakham Ales, John Wood, is named in the Campaign for Real Ale’s national roll of honour.

To celebrate the achievement, a special brew has been created in his name.

Beer. Photo: iStock
Beer. Photo: iStock

John established the company in Oakham in 1993, finding fame as the first brewery in the UK to brew a beer with 100 per cent Citra hops.

He died in 2018, the company’s 25th anniversary year, but his place in the roll of honour recognises his major contribution to the brewing industry and the promotion of real cider.

John sold the business in 1995 and it is now based in Peterborough, but he continued to pursue his interests in brewing as a member of the Rutland branch of Camra.

Oakham Ales founder John Wood is named on the Campaign for Real Ale roll of honour
Oakham Ales founder John Wood is named on the Campaign for Real Ale roll of honour

The special brew created by Oakham Ales in his honour will be on sale at the branch’s beer festival this week.

Secretary Dave Casewell said: “We are very grateful to Oakham Ales for developing this special brew in John’s memory.

“John was an unforgettable character who was immensely knowledgeable about beer and cider , and an outstanding morris musician.

“He would not have approved of this fuss, but we believe it is worthy of such a Rutland character.”

The special brew is a 5.6 per cent golden ale called Plain Capers - a nod to John’s other passion as a musician with Rutland Morris.

The Rutland beer festival starts on Thursday (June 23) from 11am at Rutland County Museum in Oakham and continues until Sunday.

The £10 admission package includes entry, a glass and bar tokens.

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