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Cheddar has some of the best totty in the world

By This is Somerset  |  Posted: October 30, 2009

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Cheddar's totty is some of the best in the world, with judges thinking it gold standard worthy.

The award applies to Totty Pot, a dark beer brewed up by microbrewery Cheddar Ales on the Winchester Farm estate.

Praise in the form of a gold award has come from the judges of the International Beer Challenge – the world's largest bottled beer competition.

The road to the final has been described as a long one by the brewers, with the beer first having won awards regionally and then at the national level.

Head brewer Jem Ham said: "We were surprised when it won Best Bottled Beer in the South West last year but since then it has just kept on winning.

"Now it has achieved a level where it is regarded as one of the best dark beers in the world. It's particularly surprising because for me it's not even our best beer!"

Totty Pot is a porter – a traditional style of dark beer first brewed in 18th century London.

The brewery will release a Christmas version of the beer – Festive Totty.

The brewers have suggested having a go at making your Christmas pudding with the stuff to guarantee a "very merry Christmas" and posted a recipe on their website. See www.cheddarales.co.uk.

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