Brewer scoops regional awards

PUBLISHED: 13:00 12 July 2015

Jem Ham M.D. and Richard Norman (brewer) with one of their prize winning beers.

Jem Ham M.D. and Richard Norman (brewer) with one of their prize winning beers.


A PALE ale brewed in Cheddar has won two regional awards.

Cheddar Ales’ drink won gold in the small pack standard bitters and pale ale category at the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) South West awards.

Due to its success in competitions, the Summer Pale Ale has now been re-released under the name Hardrock Pale Ale.

The beer, which was released last July, won silver overall in the competition, and will represent the South West in the national SIBA competition.

Cheddar Ales’ manager Jem Ham said: “People loved the Summer Pale Ale last year, and wanted to have it in their venues throughout the year, but the name Summer Pale Ale was a sticking point when winter fell.

“This year we have responded by changing the name to Hardrock Pale Ale inspired by the rock formations characterising the Mendips and around the Cheddar Gorge.”

Cheddar Ales’ Goats Leap IPA took bronze in the strong bitters and pale ales category.

Earlier this year, the company, based at Winchester Farm in Draycott Road, launched its first Belgian-style craft beer called Firewitch.

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