We’re pleased to announce that Beer of the Festival at Dorchester Beerex 2017 is Gurt Coconuts Rum Stout from Cerne Abbas Brewery.

In second place was Brad’s Coffee Stout from Gyle 59 and third was Affinity from Shiny Brewery.

Congratulations to Rod & Janette Lamont and Richard Hadley from the Saxon Arms in Stratton on winning West Dorset CAMRA Pub of the Year 2017.

Rod and Richard are pictured here receiving the certificate from Rich Gabe at Dorchester Beerex.

Dorchester Beerex Official opening with (l-r) Mayoress of Dorchester Anita Harries, Ellis Ford, David Hannibal (Mosaic), Darren Batten (Palmers Brewery), Rich Gabe, Jackie Follett (Palmers Brewery), Adrian Patterson (Beerex Chairman), the Mayor of Dorchester, Councillor Tim Harries, Cleeves Palmer (Palmers Brewery) and Rick Dowell.

Tickets Still Available

Tickets for Dorchester Beerex are selling fast but due to increased capacity we still have plenty of tickets for the Friday Evening and Saturday Lunchtime sessions.

Please see the previous post for ticket outlets, which hold their own stock of tickets (replenished regularly).

Unfortunately, the Saturday Evening session has now sold out.

Tickets on sale from January 1st!

Why not come and sample some of the 87 real ales and 15 ciders/perries at Dorchester Beerex 2017 which takes place at the Corn Exchange in Dorchester on 3 & 4 February?

Tickets for each session cost £10 which includes a souvenir glass, programme and vouchers for 3 half pints of beer or cider.  CAMRA members can also claim vouchers for another 2 half pints from the membership stand at the Beerex.

The 2017 event will see extra tickets available with a large amount of seating upstairs at all four sessions.  Tickets are available from January 1st at the following outlets:

Please note that Brace of Butchers re-opens on January 3rd and tickets won’t be available from Dorchester Tourist Information Centre as per previous years. When visiting any of our outlets, please also take the time to buy a pint (or joint of meat) in addition to your tickets!

The chosen charity for our 29th event is Mosaic. Dorchester Beerex 2017 committee chairman Adrian Patterson said “We’re very pleased to be supporting Mosaic - the only specialist child bereavement service in Dorset.Money raised will go towards Mosaic’s Residential weekend in October 2017 giving children, young people and their parent(s) the opportunity to have fun, take part in activities, talk to others about what’s happened in their lives and remember people close to them who have died”.

Some of the people who are helping to bring you another successful Dorchester Beerex in February.  More details to follow shortly…

Dorchester Beerex 2017 will take place on Fri 3 Feb and Sat 4 Feb.  Save the date!

Early indications are that we’ve raised over £10,500 for local good causes (including the £1534 from the raffle)
- Dorchester Beerex 2016 Committee

Hustle performing on Saturday evening at Dorchester Beerex 2016.

Here are the results of Beer of the Festival at Dorchester Beerex 2016…

1st: Eight Arch Brewery - Parabolic Pale Ale.

2nd: Bristol Beer Factory - Milk Stout.

3rd: Sixpenny Brewery - IPA.

We’ve just announced the winner of West Dorset CAMRA Pub of the Year 2016 at Dorchester Beerex - it’s the Bottle Inn at Marshwood, who also won in 2014.

As we no longer have access to the Magistrates room this year, we’ve spread upstairs to the Town Hall, where we’ve provided lots of seating. We’re trialling this on the Saturday lunchtime session and it seems to be working - the main Corn Exchange is less crowded and the Town Hall is looking good too!

Mayor of Dorchester, Robin Potter, opens Dorchester Beerex 2016 with his wife, Val, representatives from Cowden Care Farm (our main beneficiary this year) and Beerex staff.

Beer List

Click on the “Barrel Sponsors” link above to see a list of the 80 fantastic beers that will be available at Beerex this weekend. Please also visit some of our sponsors’ websites!

Did we mention that we still have tickets for Friday and Saturday lunchtime available…? See below for more info.

Latest Beerex News!

Sponsored by Bridport brewer Palmers, the 28th Dorchester Beerex opens on Friday 5 February with 80 different real ales from Dorset and across the UK, plus 14 different West Country ciders and perries.

There are still plenty of tickets available for the Friday and Saturday lunchtime sessions costing £10 each which includes vouchers for three free half pints, a souvenir glass and programme.

For the Saturday lunchtime session only we will be making use of the Town Hall upstairs where there will be much more seating than we’ve ever had before!

Profits from the event are distributed to local good causes and this year Cowden Care Farm has been chosen as the main beneficiary. This local charity offers adults with low to medium learning difficulties real hands on job experience. Their aim is to provide proactive involvement that is directed towards work preparation or personal goals within a supported and safe environment.

Here’s the latest information on how to get hold of those elusive tickets…

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Tickets for Dorchester Beerex 2016 will go on sale on January 1st at Goldies in Dorchester, The Boot in Weymouth and West Dorset CAMRA’s website. Also, Dorchester Tourist Information Centre will be selling tickets from January 4th.

As in previous years, tickets are sure to sell out fast. All profits from the event are distributed to local good causes and this year Cowden Care Farm has been chosen as the main beneficiary of the event.

This local charity offers adults with low to medium learning difficulties real hands on job experience. Their aim is to provide proactive involvement that is directed towards work preparation or personal goals within a supported and safe environment.

Bridport brewer Palmers will be the main sponsor for the second year running. Palmers has more than 200 years of brewing heritage under its belt and is looking forward to being part of the event.

Director Cleeves Palmer said: “Palmers Brewery is very pleased to sponsor the extremely popular Dorchester Beerex for 2016. This event raises the profile of traditional ale and raises a huge amount of money for important local good causes. My thanks go to all those who work so hard in creating such a successful and enjoyable festival.”

Interested in becoming a barrel sponsor?
Would you like to be associated with a popular annual event in Dorchester’s calendar, attended by over 1300 people, and help some local good causes?

For a mere £80, we’ll advertise your business/organisation at Dorchester Beerex 2016 (with a barrel label and your name in the Beerex programme), provide a link to your website for 12 months from this website, and also provide you with two free tickets to one of the sessions.

Each ticket includes a free Beerex glass, tokens for 3 half pints of beer and a programme.

To find out more, click on the ‘Contact Us’ link at the top of this page, fill out the simple form and one of our team will be in touch shortly with further details.


Tickets go on sale on 1st January.  More information to follow in the next few days.

Following the devastating fire that destroyed the Clockhouse Inn, Chideock on Easter Monday, Dorchester Beerex has donated 300 glasses for their Beer & Cider Festival on the spring bank holiday weekend.

Beer of the Festival

1st Kennet & Avon Rusty Lane
2nd Sixpenny Sixpenny IPA
3rd Palmers Tally Ho!

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