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Another festival stating 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.
Another good Pub closes. The Chalk and Cheese in Maiden Newton has closed it's doors. Here is another pub which had appeared to be successfully run for several years after a lengthy closure which has now closed again. The Dorset Echo has this weeks news here. "Landlord Al Murray took up his role at the Maiden Newton pub in February 2009 after spending six years in the Royal Navy." It looks as though this is another situation which a landlord and a big pub-owning chain - Punch Taverns - can't find away to make make it work over the long term.  Dated 4/7/14.
Summer issue of Giant Dongle! Our 18th issue of is published,packed with articles. It's a great 20 pages.   Dated 17/06/14.
More festivals! We've been given details of a couple more festivals taking place over the next few weeks. Keep an eye on the festivals page to keep up to date with what's happening.  Dated 12/6/14.
Well known Country Pub closes. The Gaggle of Geese in Buckland Newton has closed it's doors. The pub had been successfully run for several years by a family who bought it as a free house. The Dorset Echo carried the opening story here. It ran local events including beer festival and poultry auctions over that time as well as having a good food menu to go with the well kept beers. We have to hope that another buyer can be found who will be able to bring it back to life.  Dated 3/6/14.
Brewhouse & Kitchen opens to public on Monday The new brewpub in Dorchester is on-track to open it's doors to the public on Monday. Web page link here.. This week they are running invitation only "trial nights" to shake down the operation. Over a hundred CAMRA members from across the county attended one of these on Thursday to great acclaim. We wish the company all the best with their new venture!  Dated 9/5/14.
Festival season gets into swing... We're moving into that time of year when there are several festivals each month. Keep an eye on our festivals calendar. Next up is the George Inn, Portland which hosts the Red Triangle Cricket Club St Georges beer festival over the four days of the Easter Weekend.  Dated 7/4/14.
Spring issue of Giant Dongle! the 17th issue of our Newsletter is published. A "Treasure Hunt" type competition included this time along the no 31 bus route. Lots more including news about brewing in the west of the county and articles about the Bottle Inn. Click on the picture to read it.   Dated 26/03/14.
Photo record of March Brewery trip. Get an idea of the breweries and places we visited on the recent branch trip to Burton and Derbyshire breweries.  Dated 24/3/14.
More about the "Brewhouse & Kitchen" site. Have a look at couple of photos of the site submitted by member David Plater  Dated 2/3/14.
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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