Exmoor Ales typically would be categorised as a small regional brewer. In 1980 the art of making beer returned to the old brewing town of Wiveliscombe when Exmoor Ales, or Golden Hill as it was known then, set up its mash tun in the former home of Arnold & Hancock. Since then, the brewery has remained one of the most successful of the first wave of British microbreweries.
Exmoor had a 'flying start' during its early life by winning the Best Bitter national award at the GBBF in 1980…with only its 13th brew. Many further awards were to follow, and today remains the backbone of the range in the region.
Exmoor’s reputation for innovation and quality is well marked by its multiple award-winning Exmoor Gold, being the first single malt golden ale, which then started up whole new category of cask ale style throughout the country.
The development and maintenance of the Exmoor range and quality is fundamentally down to the skills of the head brewer, Adrian Newman, and his brewery staff. The fundamentals of the brewery and brewing process are virtually unchanged since the beginning, albeit the capacity of the fermentation vessels has increased exponentially, the principles of small batch brewing, the best and locally sourced raw materials is what has worked well for the brewery and its customers and consumers.