Cheddar Ales is a small independent brewery located in the village of Cheddar in Somerset, England, which produces a range of regular and seasonal beers. Its owner and head brewer, Jem Ham, previously worked 15 years at Butcombe Brewery in nearby Wrington.ProductsThe brewery produces two regular beers and the occasional seasonal brew. Gorge Best (formerly Best Bitter) - 4.0% abv Potholer - 4.3% abv golden bitter. The name is derived from the sport of potholing (cave exploration), which is popular in the Caves of the Mendip Hills. Totty Pot Porter - 4.5% abv porter, first produced in December 2007. Named after a small cave at the top of Cheddar Gorge. Goat's Leap - 5.5% abv India Pale Ale (IPA). Named after a point on the Kaveri River near Bangalore in India.AwardsIn 2007, Potholer won a silver medal at the Society of Independent Brewers annual Maltings Beer Festival. In 2009, Totty Pot Porter won Bronze Medal in the Champion Bottled Beers at the SIBA National Beer Competition, and a gold award at the International Beer Challenge, where it won best bottled beer.CommunityEach year the brewery holds a beer festival featuring both its own and guest beers, plus live music. In June 2011, the festival raised £2,650 for local charities including the local Cheshire Home in Axbridge.
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