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Local Brewer wins Beer of Festival at Octoberfest. Newly opened Cerne Abbas Brewery wins the public vote as Beer of festival at Weymouth Octoberfest. Runner up was Sixpenny IPA from Sixpenny Brewery in Sixpenny Handley. With over 40 beers from the Severn valley and surrounding areas and a further 20 plus from Dorset, there was strong competition - so congratulations to these worthy winners. In the cider competition, Marshwood Vale Cider took the honours with their Elder Cider.  Dated 16/10/14.
Albert Inn cleared for flats conversion. Weymouth Councillors have decided in favour of the planning application for converting the last pub in Wyke Village into flats. Today's Dorset Echo carries the story.  Dated 16/10/14.
Octoberfest 2014 issue of Giant Dongle! Our 19th issue is published, just in time for next weeks Beer Festival. Lots of features and articles.   Dated 27/09/14.
Beer Festival at The Clifton on Portland this weekend. We've just heard of this festival starting on Friday. No other details yet...  Dated 23/9/14.
Yet one more! Hall and Woodhouse are running a charity beer fest at their Blandford Brewery on Saturday 27th September. Basic details here. Also see our festivals page for more.  Dated 15/9/14.
Beer festivals galore! It is getting hard to keep up! The latest to come to our notice is the Colliton Club in Dorchester who are running a festival in October. See our festivals page for the full list.  Dated 14/9/14.
The Gaggle of Geese in Buckland Newton has re-opened!! A brief announcement on the Buckland Newton community web site is copied below:
"The Gaggle of Geese has announced it is under new management. It will be open from 7.00 pm on Wednesday/ Thursday, from 6.30 pm on Friday, 12.00 noon and 6.30 pm on Saturday, and 12.00 noon on Sunday. Food now available."
No info yet on who is running it or what future plans are, but it is good to see it re-open and a real shame it had to close for three months of the best summer for some time. We'll let you know as more information becomes available.
  Dated 25/8/14.
Cider festival next weekend on Portland Red Triangle Cricket Club is running a Cider Festival at the George from August 30th. More details on our festivals page.  Dated 24/8/14.
Octoberfest Tickets go on sale! Tickets will go on sale across most outlets tomorrow 11th August. Our own web page sales are activated today.  Dated 10/8/14.
Three festivals in August! Festivals this month are being held in Studland [Bankes Arms], Wyke Regis [Ferry Bridge] - yes, another one! and on Portland at the Eight Kings, Southwell. See our Festivals page for more info.  Dated 2/8/14.
Wykefest a success for Julia's House. Resurrected festival makes a great contribution in first attempt! Tony Egerton, who helped organise the event reports "After all bills paid a total of £3,200 was raised for Julia's House, not bad for a small beer and cider festival. Well done to Rhos at Smugglers and Sophie from DBC who did most of the organising. Thanks also to my small but hard-working band of local members. Hopefully next year we can spread into the park next door."   Dated 2/8/14.
Another festival starting tomorrow! We've just been told there is a festival at the Ilchester Arms, Abbotsbury. A list of 14 beers and six ciders - so well worth a visit if you can get there.  Dated 23/7/14.
Wykefest is this weekend! The newly resurrected Wykefest runs over the coming weekend with 19 Dorset Beers and local ciders. Here is a list of the Beers. Members have been sent an email with details of the festival and I've included those with the Beer List for you. I hope you can get there!  Dated 14/7/14.
Sunny Republic's Friday Night bar (5-8pm). Every Friday evening, there's a chance to go and have drinks at a Dorset real ale brewery. Sunny Republic's brewery is located about half a mile west of Winterborne Kingston, near Bere Regis. There is a bakery shop in the same building that stays open to sell bread, pasties and pastries - sounds like the start of a great evening!!  Dated 14/7/14.
Chetnole Inn under new ownership. The Chetnole Inn, Chetnole transferred to its new owner Simon Hudson in early June. It is planned to turn the premises back into a village pub serving the local community. They have two handpumps serving a changing set of local ales along with Doom Bar. We wish him every success!  Dated 10/7/14.
Welcome to the website of the West Dorset Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale. The Branch is run by a committed group of volunteers who are passionate about pubs, traditional ales, ciders & perries. As part of CAMRA we aim to maintain consumer rights and to promote quality, choice and value.

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