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28th Beerex judged a success Dorchester Beerex - another fantastic festival. Early indications are that Dorchester Beerex 2016 has raised over £10,500 for local good causes (including the £1534 from the raffle). Thanks to all our volunteers, barrel sponsors, and main sponsor - Palmers Brewery.  Dated 9/2/16.
Eight Arch Beers in House of Commons soon! Eight Arch Brewing Co in Wimborne is named by reference to nearby Julian's Bridge and started brewing early in 2015. They are the first new brewery in a town which once had as many as five. Their open their brewery tap room of Fridays 4-8pm. Twelve months after starting brewing Eight Arch beer is about to be available in the House of Commons.   Dated 1/2/16.
Clock House rebuild well under way! Some very good news on the rebuilding front from The Clock House Chideock. Rebuilding is well under way and there has been a decision from the Insurance Ombudsman. The net result is that there will be an insurance shortfall, but this will be much less than initially feared. There is more detail in this article from "The View from Bridport and West Bay" on-line newspaper.If you want to see some photos of whats going on under the scaffold cladding have a look at their facebook page.  Dated 12/1/16.
Pub changes hands and another closed! Weymouth's Old Castle Inn changed hands just before Xmas and the Duke of Cornwall was reported to have closed. Both of theses changes are reported at some length in today's Dorset Echo. It is good to know that the Thai Restaurant team will be reopening at The Rock soon and that the Castle Inn will continue to be run as a locals pub! We wish both of these teams well for the future!  Dated 12/1/16.
Beerex Tickets selling fast! Tickets went on sale on 1st January from most outlets and on-line stocks for some sessions are almost sold out. Dorchester TIC starts to sell theirs when they open tomorrow after the holiday and there is expected to be a rush - just like last year. Make sure you get yours soon!   Dated 3/1/16.
Firkin Shed plans anniversary event!   Dorset's first "micropub" will be celebrating its first "birthday" on 20th of February. Address and contact details. The Firkin Shed in Bournemouth opened its doors in February 2015 in what used to be a Blockbuster store. There are usually 6 beers all served on gravity along with 10 ciders and 3 wines. It is only a 10 minute walk from Bournemouth Station - so is easy to visit by train.   Dated 23/12/15.
Gyle 59 opens Brewery Shop!   The Sadborow Estate Yard in Thorncombe is home to Gyle 59 brewery. It's location at the extreme west of Dorset makes getting there an interesting challenge. It has a TA postcode (Taunton).   However it is only a couple of miles from that well known landmark the Bottle Inn in Marshwood. The shop is open Monday - Friday 9-5 for sales of Bottled beers and on Saturdays as a Bar from 11am to 4pm. They are holding an Xmas Party on Saturday 12th - so do visit if you can. We now have at least nine breweries in Dorset with their own shop - plenty of choice for getting Xmas gifts??.   Dated 6/12/15.
Wyke Smugglers listed as Asset of Community Value!   As two pubs in Wyke had closed in the last two years we decided that it was important to get the last pub recognised as an important part of the community.  We had some concerns as our last attempt along this route a few years ago was turned down, leaving the Albert Inn in the hands of redevelopers. We're pleased to see that our Council have accepted that the last pub can be listed and thus receive some level of protection.  Dated 20/11/15.
New owners for Dorchester's iconic Kings Arms!   Today's Dorset Echo reports that the Draco Pub Company has bought the building and will refurbish it before it re-opens.  The company own three other pubs: Timbrell's Yard, The White Hart and The Swan. All are in Somerset and have been refurbished to a high standard. Their respective web sites describe them as "pubs first". Beer is then the first thing mentioned in their descriptions. It will be great to see a return to an "ale led" resurrection of this famous landmark.  Dated 17/11/15.
Giant Dongle Winter Edition 2015 is here! Plenty more for you to read: More from our PubLinkers; Rich's Desert Island Beers; Beerex is on the horizon; Greetings from the West...   Dated 17/11/15.
Sly Fox in Osmington opens today!   A new name as what was the Sunray reopens under new owners.  Announced by an advert in todays Dorset Echo this re-opening promises the locals that they will get their "Village Pub" back. Lets hope they follow the trend set by other recently resurrected West Dorset village pubs (Fox at Corscombe, Black Dog at Broadmayne, Chetnole Inn at Chetnole) in selling a good choice of Real Ales. Time will tell.  Dated 6/11/15.
A new bar for "Lost Souls" from the Clock House!   A new temporary bar is open in Chideock called "the lost souls bar".  It provides a refuge for customers from the village by offering another watering hole whilst the Clock House rebuilding work proceeds. To find it go North from the Clock House until the 30mph limit sign - it is just there. Hours are 12-3 lunchtime and 6-close in the evening. Shut on Sundays. They are serving mainly Otter and Branscombe beers with occasional others.  Dated 6/10/15.
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