Great year for real ale in Dorset, CAMRA chairman tells AGM in Dorchester's Colliton Club
By Margery_H | Tuesday, October 12, 2010, 17:32
"It has been a great year for real ale nationally," chairman
Dave Harris told the annual meeting of the West Dorset branch of the Campaign
for Real Ale [CAMRA,] held at the Colliton Club in Dorchester.
"Sales of real
ale are on the increase in Dorset, where we have gained two more breweries- the
Town Mill in Lyme Regis and the Royal Standard brew-pub in Upwey, making eleven
breweries in Dorset at the moment."
"West Dorset CAMRA has run three highly successful beer
festivals this year, at Dorchester Corn Exchange in February, at Wykefest in
July and more recently at Weymouth’s Brewers Quay but
we need more volunteers to help at these important events. We estimate 860
drinkers visited Octoberfest and we know they drunk some 3,000 pints of ale and
cider during the two days of the festival."
The 2011 Octoberfest will be held at Weymouth Pavilion’s Ocean
Room on 7 and 8 October next year. "We do want to thank Roger Dalton and Brewers
Quay for their kindness and hospitality over eight happy years," comments CAMRA
spokesman Michel Hooper-Immins, "but it is clear that the proposed redevelopment
would prevent us from using the building next year. We do however thank them
sincerely for all their valuable help over the years."
The LocAle scheme will be expanded in Dorset- a national CAMRA
initiative where real ales brewed within 30 miles or so of a pub are specially
badged as LocAle. There are around 300 pubs in the West Dorset branch area, many
of which do sell real ale. The branch newsletter has been revived by Dorchester
member Kevin Launder, who had also updated the West Dorset Pub Guide, last
produced in 2004.
The brand-new West Dorset Pub Guide is available online for
only £5 [including UK postage] from:
Alternatively, send a cheque for £5 with your name and address to: West Dorset
CAMRA, 32 Mellstock Avenue, Dorchester DT1 2BQ. CAMRA members pay only £4!
Harris was unanimously re-elected as Chairman of the West
Dorset CAMRA branch. Other officers elected were Tony Egerton [Secretary,]
Alastair Tillotson [Treasurer,] Richard Gabe [Social,] Michel Hooper-Immins
[Public Relations] and Allan Swannell [Committee.] A Membership Secretary is