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

Tickets On Sale Now!

Tickets for the 35th Dorchester Beerex held in the Corn Exchange, Dorchester are now on sale from December 1st. The annual event is now firmly fixed in the calendar and is one of Dorchester’s biggest fund raising events. The festival takes place over 4 sessions on Friday February 2nd and Saturday the 3rd. The event is organised by volunteers of West Dorset Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) and Dorchester Casterbridge Rotary Club. Last year’s festival raised in excess of 23K, and this year organisers look to equal or better. The festival always has a primary sponsor and charity , this year’s main sponsor see’s the return of the local Cerne Abbas brewery, who’s representatives will be on hand over the weekend for a friendly chat and to give the chance to sample their award winning beers. The festival will be showcasing around 80 cask ales from breweries near and far with a selection of 20 traditional ciders and Perries.

Beerex committee Chairman Adrian Carey said “I have been involved with Beerex for three years now and have learnt from some very experienced beer festival organisers on how to run the event. We have a great group of volunteers who help put this festival on, from the committee members who do all the back stage organising to the guys and girls who turn up on the day to set the festival up and serve beer to customers over the time of the event. Hopefully this year will raise enough money to be able to say that after 35 years we have raised over £250k for different local charities, an amazing boast for a group of beer lovers”. He went on to say “Thanks to all the local businesses that have sponsored the events over the years and thanks again to Vic and Jodie at “Cerne Abbas Brewery” for being the main sponsor again this year.”

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.

Charity Manager Farah Batchelor said “We are over the moon to be chosen as a recipient charity. We support so many families in Dorchester but we are still relatively unknown so we really appreciate this opportunity. Amelia’s Rainbow supports over 170 Dorset children who have serious illnesses or disabilities. Any donation this weekend will help fund our 2 holiday homes that grant 80 free holidays a year. We also provide events, experiences and gifts to enhance children’s play and learning. We’re small but mighty so your support is really appreciated by all at our charity.”

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 or through the festival website

Tickets for the festival make a great stocking filler and are available from the following outlets, priced at £11 which includes a free pint, souvenir glass and programme which includes the full beer menu with tasting notes.

Dorchester; The Convivial Rabbit, Tom Browns and Copper St Brewery Tap
Poundbury; The Brace of Butchers.
Weymouth; The Globe Inn.

Dorchester Beerex committee members 2024 with Chairman Adrian Carey 2nd right. Photo Credit. Rich Gabe.
Dorchester Beerex committee members 2024 with Chairman Adrian Carey 2nd right. Photo Credit. Rich Gabe.

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