Cheddar Ales

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Cheddar Ales
Location Cheddar, Somerset, England
Opened 2006
Owner(s) Independent
Active beers
Name Type
Gorge Best Bitter
Potholer Bitter
Totty Pot Porter Porter
Seasonal beers
Name Type
Goat's Leap IPA
Festive Totty Porter
Mild Cheddar Mild

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.[1]


The 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.[2]
  • Goat's Leap – 5.5% abv India Pale Ale (IPA). Named after a point on the Kaveri River near Bangalore in India.


In 2007, Potholer won a silver medal at the Society of Independent Brewers annual Maltings Beer Festival.[3] In 2009, Totty Pot Porter won Bronze Medal in the Champion Bottled Beers at the SIBA National Beer Competition,[4][5] and a gold award at the International Beer Challenge, where it won best bottled beer.[6]


Each 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.[7]


  1. ^ "Discovering Cheddar Ales" (PDF). Pints West No. 72 Winter 2006/2007 edition. CAMRA Bristol. p. 7. Retrieved 2008-01-21. 
  2. ^ "Totty pot". 97 bottles. Retrieved 2010-11-14. 
  3. ^ "SIBA Beer Competitions". Society of Independent Brewers. 12 April 2007. Retrieved 21 February 2012. 
  4. ^ "2009 Winners". SIBA Beer Competitions. SIBA. Retrieved 12 March 2009. 
  5. ^ "Totty Pot is top tipple". Cheddar Valley Gazette. 10 March 2009. Retrieved 12 March 2009. 
  6. ^ "Cheddar has some of the best totty in the world". Cheddar Valley Gazette. 30 October 2009. Retrieved 21 December 2010. 
  7. ^ "Cheddar Ales Beer Festival Raises £2650 For Charity". Society of Independent Brewers. 28 June 2011. Retrieved 21 February 2012. 

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Coordinates: 51°16′02″N 2°46′08″W / 51.267131°N 2.768909°W / 51.267131; -2.768909