Beerex tickets go on sale! Over 250 tickets were bought during the first three hours when our on-line sales opened this morning. Click the link to go to the ticket sales page.  Other outlets which are selling tickets this year are: Goldies in Dorchester, The Brace of Butchers in Poundbury and The Boot in Weymouth. [Dorchester TIC is NOT selling them this year]  Dated 01/01/17.
Kings Arms in national press! The renovation of one of Dorchesters landmarks grabs the attention of the Daily Mail The restoration of this iconic Dorchester hotel which featured in Thomas Hardy's life and novels has caught the interest of a national newspaper.  Dated 30/12/16.
Dorchesters first Micropub opens! Tucked away down an alley opposite the Trinity Club nestles a cosy new micropub serving six real ales. Temporarily named the "Pop-Up" this new entry to Dorchester's thriving pub scene boasts beers from a wide selection of breweries which will change regularly. Opened by Nicky and Nigel Baker who recently moved to the town the trading hours will initially be from noon to 10pm on Wednesday to Saturday. Certainly worth popping in to try one or two...  Dated 13/12/16.
New bar "The Pursuit of Hoppiness" opens in Bridport.  Situated on the corner of North Street by The Market House Pub, it is small (maximum customers 28). Six ales are on hand-pumps with bottled beers, ciders and wine available. CAMRA members get 10p off the price of a pint. Visit their web site here  Dated 10/12/16.
Giant Dongle Issue 28 - 32 great pages! Articles by 12 different contributors in this issue. Contents include "Buses, Trains, & the IOW"'; "Table Skittles" and a London pub crawl.  Dated 1/12/16.
Beerex 2017 info released! First details available about next years Beerex. With Christmas getting near, Beerex seems a long way in the future, but it is jut 10 weeks to opening day! Click the logo for more info.  Dated 28/11/16.
Local Pub scene ever changing The following changes were reported at our meeting in November: Drift micro-bar in Weymouth has now closed - some level of trading will continue through next-door Il Porto restaurant; The Waterloo in Weymouth has been refurbished and now has a rotating selection of three real ales; Duchess of Cornwall (Poundbury) is now open. We wish it every success.   Dated 10/11/16.

Bakers Arms wins Marstons Regional award. Dorchester local gains awards for "Excellence in Standards" in regional competition. The landlord has been there now for 10 years and it is great to see continued efforts resulting in recognition from the pub group.  Dated 10/11/16.
Building work spotted at formal local. Eagle-eyed members have seen work going on this week at the closed Duke of Cornwall premises in Weymouth. Rumour has it that there are plans to reopen the premises as a pub "specialising in gins". It would be great to see this ancient building reopen as a pub.  Dated 3/11/16.
Meet the Brewer on 25th at the Royal Oak from 2pm-5pm! You are invited to "Come down to sample the beers and chat to the brewers themselves! Get answers to any questions you may have!" This harbourside pub always serves a wide range of DBC beers and also has many ciders, so an event where you can chat to the brewer is not to be missed!  Dated 20/10/16.
Cellar 59 in Lyme Regis to hold Dorset Beers Festival! During 21st-23rd October around 18 beers from Dorset will be offered as well as some local ciders. Please make sure you can find time to visit this excellent new addition to the Dorset beer festival scene!!  Dated 13/10/16.
Bottle Inn wins Wessex and Channel Islands Region Pub of The Year! Only three points separated the top three pubs in the is regional competition. We're delighted that a pub in our area won it. The Bottle is now in a select group of 16 pubs nationally which go forward to the next stage of the competition. Very well done to Nigel and Chrissy!  Dated 17/9/16.
Giant Dongle Issue 27 - A great 28 page read! Thanks to our advertisers and contributors which make it possible. Inside includes "Welcome to the Park", Roundhouse and Rams, notes on a Mystery Tour and more Beer and Skittles.  Dated 10/9/16.
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