On a glorious summer Friday night members of West Dorset Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) and representatives of Dorchester Casterbridge Rotary met at Cerne Abbas brewery along with loyal Cerne Abbas locals to present and celebrate owner Victor Irvine and brewing apprentice Danny England taking first and second prize in the public voted “Beer of the Festival” competition.
Mrs Vale’s Ale a complex 5.6% ruby ale took the first prize followed by a close second with Danny’s Brew, a 4.4% bitter that was initially brewed for Weymouth Octoberfest as part of Danny’s brewing degree. Danny’s Brew also took first place at Weymouth Octoberfest under the name “Hoptober”
Cerne Abbas brewery also came third in the public vote with Gurt Vanilla Stout.
Co-owner and Head brewer Vic was delighted on receiving the awards he said “It personally gave me great pleasure to pick up these awards, with the added bonus of making Beerex history with 1st, 2nd and 3rd! As the head brewer slowly letting go of the reins and handing over control of my baby it is very reassuring to know it will be in safe hands”. When asked of Danny’s progress Vic replied “ I am thoroughly enjoying Danny’s fledgling brewing career from the best seat in the house; keep listening Danny it’s a journey not a destination and with Vic by your side the sky is the limit”
The awards were presented by West Dorset CAMRA Chairman Bruce Mead and CAMRA brewery liaison officer Dave Harris with members of the Beerex committee.
West Dorset CAMRA Chairman Bruce Mead said” Cerne Abbas brewery has a great track record in winning awards at our festivals but to take the top three places at this year’s Dorchester Beerex is an amazing feat. Congratulations to Vic, Jodie and Danny, I’m already looking forward to what they will come up with for next year’s festival”
Dorchester Beerex is in its 34th year and is organised jointly by West Dorset CAMRA and Dorchester Casterbridge Rotary Club with money made so far for good local causes in excess of £240K.