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Bulls Head in Fordington Re-opens! After a period of closure we heard this week. Early info is: "The new landlord comes from the Ring O Bells in Somerset. Currently has four real ales on the bar."  Dated 28/4/16.
The "Nautico" bar in Weymouth [Old Post Office] has opened. We hear there is no real ale on offer. Lets hope that this doesn't have an adverse effect on those nearby businesses who do!  Dated 26/4/16.
The Snug bar in Weymouth is closed We only reported last July that this bar had opened. Obviously the town wasn't ready for the selection of things on offer.  Dated 26/4/16.
Giant Dongle Issue 25 - Now in COLOUR! As giant Dongle Issue 25 hits the streets we are proud to be able to publish our first full colour version. Lots to read inside including historic pubs of Dorchester, a Mystery Tour report, recent trip to Bristol and tons more packing 28 pages.  Dated 4/3/16.
Tally Ho! scoops national award! Palmers Brewery's widely renowned dark ale Tally Ho! takes Silver award. Results were announced on Friday from the CAMRA National Winter Ales Festival in Derby giving this fine local beer it's well deserved place among the Old Ale Strong Milds group.  Dated 20/2/16.
Bottle Inn is West Dorset Pub of the Year again! The Bottle Inn at Marshwood has won our award for a second time being a clear winner in this years competition. More detail can be read here in the Dorset Echos report of our award giving at this years Beerex.   Dated 17/2/16.
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.
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