WIVELISCOMBE-based Exmoor Ales has won top prize in CAMRA’s South-West Regional Champion Beer of Britain Golden Ale category.

The brewery's managing director Jonathan Price said: "Who would have guessed it - Exmoor Gold winning top prize in the Golden Ale Category not long after we discovered that the new CAMRA beer judging categories would exclude it, the first and original golden ale, from the Golden Ale category!"

He added: "Never mind - this recognition from CAMRA members is much appreciated and it nicely crowns the quality of our head brewer’s output from our new brewery this year."

Exmoor Gold was first brewed as a seasonal beer in 1986, when Exmoor Ales was called Golden Hill Brewery, and it was produced to celebrate the 1,000th brew of the Wiveliscombe-based brewery’s flagship beer Exmoor Ale.

Mr Price said that what made it stand out was that it was a single malt beer and much paler than most of the copper- and bronze-coloured beers on the market then.

Little did Golden Hill/Exmoor Ales know that they were starting a brewing trend, Golden Ale. Since its inception Exmoor Gold has won many awards, with the current being the latest.