Dorchester Brewing and Distilling Celebration
This is a multi venue, multi date celebration in Dorchester to celebrate Dorchester’s amazing brewing and distilling history. There are exhibitions, talks and plenty of opportunities to enjoy some wonderful drinks of course! Each individual events as part of this celebration has their own listing on website and are linked below. Check them out and get involved. Don’t forget that Dorchester also has the fantastic Beerex Beer Festival at the start of February too!
- 18th February 2022 – 6:30pm – Join Fordington Gin for an evening of drinks and discovery at Shire Hall Museum in Dorchester. Enjoy award-winning gin whilst exploring one of Dorchester’s most historic buildings, as you explore Shire Hall’s cells to find the perfect botanicals to add to your drink. As well as enjoying a range of delicious drinks, Fordington Gin’s creator Ros Nelmes will share her expertise on all things Gin- from how its made to the best accompaniments. This event is supported by Dorset Food and Drink – book here: Drinks in the Clinks
- 19th – 27th February 2022- 12 pm til close – Convivial Rabbit Micropub will be stocking the bar with some amazing local ales and a brilliant atmosphere. More info here
- 20th February 2022 – 6 pm – Enjoy some fantastic local ale at Convivial Rabbit and hear a selection of beer related poems written by William Barnes and read by members of the William Barnes Society. Free event. No booking required. More info here
- 19th February 2022 – During Museum Opening hours – Dorset Museum will be showing a temporary exhibition of their Eldridge Pope collection.
- 20th February 2022 – Pop along to Brewery Square to look around the old Eldridge Pope Brewery site and see how it has changed today to a dynamic residential, shopping, dining and recreational hub. As part of the celebration Brewery Square will be hosting a vintage Eldridge Pope Dray Van for people to see.
- 19th February 2022 – 2 pm – Tom Browns will be hosting a talk by Emma Davies, an award winning brewster, who now runs Curious Kombucha. She will go through her history and experiences working in breweries on to her new passion Kombucha. More info here
- 20th February 2022 – 2 pm – Kate Adie, the author and broadcaster, well known for her long service as the BBC’s Chief News Correspondent will be joining Tom Browns. Kate will be telling us how the role of women changed in the wake of WW1 and how the war changed the face of the local pub. The ‘’locals’, once male strongholds, were now run by women, and women were welcome as customers. This not to miss free event will be first come first served so please arrive early. Tom Browns will also be doing a female driven tap take over the course of the weekend. More info here.
- 24th February 2022 – 6:30 pm – Copper Street Brewery are hosting an amazing Beer Tasting evening where you can learn about beer ingredients, the brewing process and sampled examples of different beer styles in a relaxing environment. More info here
- Throughout the celebration week – Keep Military Museum will be showing their temporary display telling the story of the three Woodhouse brothers, from the famous brewing family of Hall and Woodhouse, and their incredible time in the Dorsetshire regiment during the World Wars.