Dorchester Beerex 2020
Real ale in Dorset's County town

Corn Exchange, Dorchester
7th and 8th February 2020
Welcome! Over the years, Dorchester Beerex has raised over £188,000 for local good causes.
Our 32
nd event will take place in February 2020 at the Corn Exchange where there’ll be seating for 100 upstairs at all four sessions.  Tickets for the two Saturday sessions normally sell very quickly, so why not come on Friday?  This year there will be an acoustic live music set on the Friday evening.
Friday 7th February 2020
11:00 – 16:00 (no music)
18:30 – 23:30 (with live acoustic music)
Saturday 8
th February 2020
11:00 – 16:00 (no music)
18:30 – 23:30 (with live music)
Over 18s only. Hot and cold food will be served at all sessions and there are cloakroom facilities.

Palmers Brewery Logo

Beerex 2020 main sponsor:
Palmer’s Brewery

Rotary Theme 2018-19   

Organising partners:
Casterbridge Rotary
West Dorset CAMRA

website: Alastair Nisbet

Cheers - fond memories of beer festival after forced cancellation

Dorchester Beerex 2021 Cancelled

It is with extreme sadness that organisers of the 33rd Dorchester Beerex, West Dorset Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) and Dorchester Casterbridge Rotary Club, announce the cancelation of the 2021 event due to the current Covid 19 pandemic. The Beerex Committee discussed the possibility of an event later than normal in 2021 but felt than given the current climate it would be better to come back in 2022. In line with government guidance, CAMRA nationally are not permitting any beer festivals or social gatherings.

The committee would like to thank all of our customers and barrel sponsors who help make the event so special, along with current festival Main Sponsor Palmers Brewery of Bridport.

Beerex Committee spokesman Rich Gabe said “At a recent Zoom meeting we were unanimous in our decision and all thought it would be irresponsible and lack duty of care to our customers and volunteer staff to potentially put them in danger by helping to spread such a deadly virus with little social distancing. We did not take this action lightly as we realise that local good causes and charities will be feeling the strain of the pandemic, rest assured we aim to be back in the Corn Exchange early February 2022”.

He went on to say “As a fund raising event we look to local businesses for support and goodwill, we realise many of our supporters will be struggling to maintain their business and we wish them well and hope to see them involved in Beerex 2022”.

On a positive note, since the first Beerex, over £200,000 has been raised for local good causes with the 2020 festival raising around £20,000 - a record that reflects the event’s popularity. In past years we have helped finance a new kitchen for Dorchester Scouts and donated to such charities like Headway, Dorchester Stroke Society, Dorchester Alzheimer’s Society and the M.V. Freedom. Larger well known charities such as Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance have received funds and the Weymouth R.N.L.I. crew received new life jackets. We have also made donations to the Dorchester Arts Centre, Dorchester Skateboard Park and Gully’s Place a charity which provides a suite in Dorchester County Hospital for terminally ill children. Most recently, Beerex donated to the Dorset Mind charity that helps with recovery and education of mental health.

The Beerex Committee would like to raise a glass and wish all of our supporters good health and we look forward to seeing you all safe in 2022.

Dorchester Beerex donates 'amazing total' of almost £20k to good causes

Welcome to Dorchester Beerex 2020!


Dorchester Beerex is a celebration of all things real ale, cider and perry, but it is so much more than that. Each year through the generosity of our sponsors, ticket sales, and sales of food and drink we are able to give money to local good causes. This year’s main beneficiary will be mental health charity Dorset Mind

Marianne Storey, Dorset Mind CEO said “We are hugely grateful to Beerex for choosing us as their charity of choice. By having a presence at the festival, we will be able to build our profile and raise awareness with a new audience, helping us to break down the stigma around mental health in Dorset.
According to new figures from Public Health England, 8 in 10 (83%) people have experienced early signs of poor mental health including feeling anxious, stressed, having low mood or trouble sleeping in the last 12 months. Meaning that attendees of Beerex are highly likely to either know someone who this relates to, or be affected themselves.
With the support of Beerex, we will be able to continue to deliver our vital mental health services to meet the growing needs of Dorset.”

You can read more about the work Dorset Mind do at

Pictured at the opening of Dorchester Beerex 2020 are Cleeves Palmer (Sales & Marketing Director for Palmers Brewery, the main sponsor at Dorchester Beerex), Les Fry (Dorchester Beerex Chairman), Richard Biggs (Mayor of Dorchester), Louise Regan (Dorset Mind) and Jim Jones (Tenanted Trade Director for Palmers Brewery).  Behind them are members of the Beerex Committee and bar staff.

Tickets on Sale from 1st December!

Dorchester Casterbridge Rotary Club and West Dorset CAMRA proudly present the 32nd Dorchester Beerex.

Over the years, Dorchester Beerex has raised more than £188,000 for local good causes.  This year’s event takes place on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th February 2020 and we’ll have 80 real ales, 21 ciders/perries and seating for 100 upstairs!  There will be hot/cold food available at all sessions, live acoustic music on the Friday evening session and the usual live band on the Saturday evening session.

We are very pleased to announce that Palmers Brewery has once again signed up to be the main sponsor for Dorchester Beerex.

Entry by ticket is £10 which includes your first pint and a half pint tankard. Extra free pint for card carrying CAMRA members.

Tickets are available from Sunday 1st December 2019. 

For details of online/postal sales, please visit

Tickets are also available to buy in person in Dorchester from:

And in Weymouth from:

This is always a popular event and tickets sell out very quickly, particularly the Saturday sessions.

Over 18s only.

We’re very pleased to announce that Palmers Brewery has once again signed up to be the main sponsor for Dorchester Beerex 2020.

Tickets for the event go on sale on 1st December!

We’re very pleased to announce the results of Beer of the Festival at Dorchester Beerex 2019…
1st - Copper Street Brewery - Dark Ages
2nd - Drop the Anchor Brewery - Tucktonia Pale Ale
3rd - Copper Street Brewery - Saxon Gold

Paul Smith, from Small Paul’s Brewery, accepting the award for Beer of the Festival at Weymouth Octoberfest 2018. The winning beer, Blackberry Mild, is also available at this weekend’s Dorchester Beerex!

West Dorset CAMRA’s deserving winners of Pub of the Year 2019 - Alex and Blanche from the White Hart, Yetminster, pictured here with Press Officer, Rich Gabe.

Friday @ Dorchester Beerex

We’re doing it all over again tomorrow, when it will be much busier and we have live music from Shooter in the evening.

Dorchester Beerex 2019 was opened by the Major, David Taylor, here with Beerex committee members, staff from main sponsor Palmers Brewery and our main charity Fortuneswell Cancer Trust.

Beer/cider List

The beer/cider list and barrel sponsors for this weekend’s Dorchester Beerex can be found here:

It’s still not too late to buy tickets for the two Friday sessions, and there a few tickets left for the ever-popular Saturday lunchtime session. The Saturday evening session has now sold out.

Dorchester Beerex Promotions on Facebook and Twitter!

  • Win Free entry for two people to a Dorchester Beerex 2019 session of your choosing; Two souvenir glasses, Six halves of beer per person; Two Dorchester Beerex 2018 limited edition shirts – an extra large polo shirt and a large t-shirt, both in black with the Beerex 2018 logo on the front and Palmers logo on one sleeve. 
  • Please see our Facebook Page and Twitter for details of how to enter.


  • The Promotion is open to over 18’s only.
  • There are two set of prizes available – one for the Facebook Promotion and one for the Twitter promotion.
  • The winners will be picked at random from all the correct entries after the Promotion closing dates (midday on Sunday 27 January) and notified with 24 hours.
  • Clothing only available in the sizes listed.
  • The Promotor is Dorchester Beerex and it isn’t sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook in any way.

A date for your diary - Dorchester Beerex 2019 takes place on 1st and 2nd February!

Congratulation to Eight Arch Brewing - Corbel has been voted Beer of the Festival at Dorchester Beerex 2018. Second was Haresfoot Banoffee Stout and third was The Brew Shack’s 8 Grain Porter.

As a treat at our Saturday lunchtime session only, Eight Arch Brewing have kindly supplied us with their Forest of Avium 8.2% cherry imperial stout in a 4.5 gallon pin. It normally comes in bottles, cans or kegs so to have the only real ale version at our 30th is very special!

The Spyway Inn, Askerswell, is the winner of West Dorset CAMRA’s Pub of the Year 2018.  Well done to the Wilkes family!   Tim and Viv are pictured here accepting the award from Rich Gabe at the Saturday lunchtime session at Dorchester Beerex.

We’re expecting over 1400 people through the door across the two days. Each person gets a souvenir glass (a half pint tankard with the Beerex/Palmers logos printed on it), a programme and tokens worth three free halves of beer.

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