Dorchester Beerex 2012

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By Dorch_People | Tuesday, February 07, 2012, 10:50

Despite the freezing temperatures at the weekend over 1,200 festival goers flocked to the Corn Exchange for the annual Dorchester Beer Festival. Many who had planned to attend could not get tickets this year due to the popularity of the event.

The event has proved once again to be one of the best in the region, excellently supported by the main sponsor, The Dorset Piddle Brewery, who provided a range of their own beers.

It is jointly organised by West Dorset CAMRA, Dorchester Round Table and Dorchester Ellipse.

Around 25 volunteers worked hard over the weekend providing an extensive choice of 85 ales from all around the UK, a dozen ciders and perries, plus some excellent beer mopping food.

Ben King, Beer Festival chairman stated "We were delighted the whole event went smoothly and that everyone seemed to be having a great time. In addition it looks as if we have raised around £10,000 for local charities and good causes which is a tremendous total primarily thanks to our main sponsor the Dorset Piddle Brewery and local businesses and breweries who sponsored all 85 barrels, the whole team works hard and the results make the effort worthwhile".

Benefiting organisations will include the RNLI (Weymouth lifeboat station) with Round Table Children's Wish charity which received proceeds of £1336 from the Raffle.

The festival goers had a choice of four sessions to attend (Friday and Saturday lunch times and evenings) and in total they consumed over 5,000 pints of ale. Music in the evening sessions was performed by local bands The Wishbones (Friday) and Gordens Alive (Saturday).

During the festival, West Dorset CAMRA also announced their pubs of the year for 2012. The winner of the rural pub of the year was The Kings Arms at Thornford near Sherborne. The pub is the hub of the village, serving three regularly changing excellent ales with an unobtrusive restaurant. This year's town pub of the year award goes to the Tiger Inn in Bridport. The Tiger is an excellent example of a thriving town centre free-house with a strong commitment to cask ale.

In the beer of the festival competition, Buxton Brewery from Derbyshire took first prize for their 4.1% Special Pale Ale. Second place went to the Sixpenny Brewery from Sixpenny Handley in Dorset for their 5.1% Sixpenny IPA.  

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