Real Ale & Cider Festival in Dorset's county town!

Dorchester Beerex is back

The annual Dorchester Beerex organised by members of West Dorset Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) and Dorchester Casterbridge Rotary Club is set to return next year on Friday and Saturday of February 2nd & 3rd. The festival now in its 35th year will once again be held in Dorchester Corn Exchange. The festivals main sponsor will be the local Cerne Abbas brewery and representatives will be on hand over the weekend to discuss all things beer and give customers the chance to try their award winning ales.

Next year’s festival will hopefully see a major milestone achieved as organisers hope to break through the £250K mark of funds raised for good local causes to date.

The festival has two primary objectives to showcase some of the UK’s best brewers and cider producers alongside raising valuable funds for good local causes. This year’s primary charity being Amelia’s Rainbow. Named after a Dorset girl Amelia-Grace Cooper who sadly lost her life to cancer, Amelia’s Rainbow supports children in Dorset and the surrounding area suffering from any terminal, life-limiting, serious and chronic illness. The charity gives support through raising funds for family days out, social activities such as swimming or dancing or any other request which benefits the child through fun, learning, achievement and play.

The festival relies on good will from local businesses, companies and individuals through barrel sponsorship. If you would like to help and be a valuable assistance to the festival please contact the festival barrel sponsorship co-ordinator Dave Harris via 07977 918130.

The 2024 Beerex Committee chairman Adrian Carey said “I am really looking forward to working alongside my fellow committee members, it is a privilege to coordinate the group and I hope we can raise lots of money for Amelia’s Rainbow, to break through the £250K mark of funds raised so far would be an amazing achievement”

This is the second year that Cerne Abbas Brewery are the main festival sponsor. Brewery co-owner Victor Irvine said “Cerne Abbas Brewery are once again proud to be main sponsor of Beerex. This festival means so much to all of us, being part of a festival that has raised well over £230K over the years for good causes is an honour. We will be at all the sessions over the weekend and look forward to having a beer and a natter with anyone that fancies a yarn about all things beer; Cheers!”

Tickets for the festival should appear on sale early December. To keep up to date with Beerex news please go to or

Dorchester Beerex 2024 committee
Members of the Dorchester Beerex 2024 committee with Chairman Adrian Carey centre. Photo Credit Rich Gabe.

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