Tickets are still available for the ever popular Dorchester Beerex held in Dorchester Corn Exchange on 1-2 February, organised by West Dorset Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) and Casterbridge Rotary Club.

Beers to watch out for include Lydbrook Valley IPA, only usually found at the forge pub in Gloucestershire; Newark Winter Gold from Nottinghamshire; and from Scotland, WooHa Blonde.

More local beers of interest include the 2018 Beer of the Festival Eight Arch, Corbel from Wimborne, Cerne Abbas, Ginger Fox, Saxon Gold and Shield Wall from the new Dorchester brewery Copper Street, and two beers from Small Paul’s brewery of Gillingham – Blackberry Mild and an as yet un-named special brewed especially for the festival.

Lunchtime opening hours are being extended and will now run from 11am to 4pm. Evening sessions have a new start time of 6.30pm and close 11.30pm.

The cider range has been increased to 20, including Twisted’s Dark Spice, a warming one for winter drinking; Dorset Sunshine’s rhubarb and ginger; damson from Dorset Nectar; and one for Pink Floyd fans – Orchard Pig’s Dark Cider the Moon.

Tickets are available from the Convivial Rabbit and Bakers Arms pubs in Dorchester and the Brace of Butchers shop in Poundbury, and the Dog House micro pub in Great George Street, Weymouth. They can also be bought online at www.camrawdorset.

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