Exmoor Ales typically would be categorised as a small regional brewer.
Founded in 1980, it was then amongst the first wave of "Micro Breweries". The business has invested and expanded progressively becoming the leading cask ale supplier in the immediate region, directly delivering to around 300 outlets and nationally well represented in the well known pub companies on a regular or guest ale basis.
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. The beer was known simply as "Exmoor Ale", being a classic 3.8% session beer. 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.
Other particularly distinctive beers in the range would be exampled by "Exmoor Stag", a very serious 5.2% premium bitter (and the Head Brewers favourite) which was initially brewed as the "Centenary Ale" for Somerset County Cricket Club, which became so liked it has been brewed ever since (1990). Also "Exmoor Beast", a heady 6.6% being amongst the most famous in the strong dark porter category of beers.
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.
Jonathan Price has been the Managing Director and owner of Exmoor Ales since 2006 and is committed to maintaining the ethics and style of the business, investing to continue to grow the brewery in line with customer demand and the considerable potential of its brands.”