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

Get Set For A Right Royal Beerex

Licensee Katy Jones of Tom Browns on a well earned break.

The plans for Dorchester Beerex are underway and 2023 will be a right royal knees up as it’s a coronation year for King Charles. The Beerex committee are looking forward to celebrating the annual festival, which is jointly organised by West Dorset CAMRA and Casterbridge Rotary, as well as having a few jars for the king; and who knows, as its Duchy land, perhaps His Highness or William will pop in to join in the fun – but let’s hope they beat the ticket rush!

The festival is held on Friday & Saturday of February 3rd/4th in Dorchester Corn Exchange with fantastic public transport links. There’s loads of seating and plenty of room for your own personal space if you’re still feeling a bit apprehensive in these times of turmoil.

So, along with a new king, we are pleased to welcome the Cerne Abbas brewery as the festival’s main sponsor off the back of their superb win recently at Weymouth Octoberfest with brewery apprentice, Danny’s, Hoptober 4.4% bitterwell done Danny. No doubt there will be a good selection of Cerne Abbas beers to try over the weekend and I dare say a visit or two from owners Jodie & Vic, who are always up for a chat.

We will be aiming to offer a selection of over 80 ales and ciders from around the United Kingdom and this year also sees me working with a new wholesaler as Arthur Frampton of Avalon Wholesale has retired. Thank you Arthur for your valued contribution over the last 20 years.

Entertainment on Saturday night will see local act “That Britpop Band” take to the stage following their highly successful Octoberfest gig.

Tickets will be on sale around December 1st from the following outlets and keep your eyes on social media for a potential launch event.

  • Dorchester: Convivial Rabbit & Tom Browns pubs.
  • Poundbury: The Brace of Butchers
  • Weymouth: Doghouse Micro pub and Belvedere Inn.
  • Online

As times are tough for us all we have kept the entry price to £10 per ticket, including glass, programme and complimentary pint. Also, for businesses who want to sponsor a barrel, we have kept the price of £90 in support of our local community.

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