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Taste the sweet amber nectar of the South West in one of these Dorset breweries. Take a tour, sample the ales, be merry and enjoy the company of a cold refreshing beer in Dorset.
The Dorset region is home to some of the UK’s best independent breweries. You can find these across Dorset and the South West. But if you want to know more, take some time to visit some of the breweries and learn more about your favourite ales.
Read on to find out more about 6 of our favourite Dorset breweries…
Palmers Brewery is one of Dorset’s favourite breweries. You can find an impressive selection of beers all across the region. With over 200 years of history, Palmers Brewery has refined its process in Bridport. The team thrives on passion for traditional ales and maintains strong links to Dorset and the South West.
With so much heritage, Palmers Brewery has refined its process to offer some of the best ales, spirits and soft drinks across Dorset. If you love whiskies, the Golden Cap Whisky has been a Dorset favourite since the 1920s. Or, if ales are more your thing, Palmer’s Dorset Gold is a fresh golden ale that offers hints of zest and barley.
If you want to know more about Palmers Brewery, you can take a tour of their original Bridport brewery. Experience time pass you by as the 19-century water wheel continues to turn as efficiently as ever, getting first-hand experience of how much time goes into making your favourite beers. The passion and willingness to share knowledge make Palmers a must-visit Dorset brewery.
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Location: The Old Brewery, West Bay Road, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 4JA
In one of the most popular regions of Dorset, the Lyme Regis Brewery was taken over by four friends and saved the brewery from closure. They have the goal of creating award-winning ales in their local town of Lyme Regis.
With many beers in their arsenal, the Lyme Regis Brewery draws inspiration from nautical and coastal themes. If you love trying new and exciting ales, you cannot go wrong with any of the beers from this Dorset brewery. The Town Mill Best is a hearty bitter that loads your senses with chocolate, fruity and nut flavours. In fact, the Town Mill Best is named after the original The Town Mill Brewery.
To sample some of these unique beers, head over to the Town Mill in Lyme Regis. The Taproom offers most of the Dorset breweries beers and a selection of ciders, wines and guest ales.
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Starting in Weymouth, the Dorset Brewing Company has recently upgraded to The Jurassic Brewhouse. The company was started by Giles Smeath and his love for traditional methods of brewing ales. Part of Weymouth’s heritage, the Dorset Brewing Company draws inspiration from over 800 years of brewing in Dorset.
All of the beers have links to Dorset, and many have ties to some of the wonders of Dorset. Why not try the rusty gold ale Durdle Door? With hints of marmalade, the ale has a warm taste of caramel. Or try something a little more unique with a Jurassic Dark. The wheat beer has the scent of cloves and fruit cake while offering a taste of chocolate and port.
You can find Dorset Brewing Company ales all over Dorset. However, if you want to try the full experience, The Jurassic Brewhouse has a Tap Room where you can taste some of the regions favourite ales.
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Location: Hybris Business Park, Crossways, Dorchester, Dorset DT2 8BF
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As multiple winners of many CAMRA awards, the Sixpenny Brewery has been running since 2007. As well as between 2013 and 2016, featuring in the Good Beer Guide. The Dorset brewery aims to keep the process sustainable, recycling all waste products from the brewing process.
Focusing on a small range of award-winning beers, Sixpenny Brewery aims for quality over quantity. The Sixpenny IPA combines four hop varieties to overwhelm you with a full-bodied pale ale with a malt finish. Plus, throughout the year, the Dorset brewery puts together a few seasonal ales. Whether you are visiting in Spring, Summer, Autumn or Winter, you can try a unique ale that reflects the season.
After the original Sixpenny Tap outgrew its small size, the Sixpenny Brewery opened a much larger ale house in 2016. You can find a quirky atmosphere with a thirst-quenching ale and a cosy log fire.
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Location: Holwell Farm, Wimborne BH21 5QP
Dating back to 1777, Hall and Woodhouse Brewery was started by a farmer, Charles Hall. As the years have passed, the Dorset brewery has grown and developed into one of the most popular suppliers in the region. In fact, Hall and Woodhouse have now expanded to provide ale to thirsty punters throughout the UK.
The range of beers are full of character and are perfect if you want to try something unique. Taste the mischievous Fursty Ferret and enjoy a delightful amber ale with a full-bodied biscuity taste. Or, if you’re feeling outlandish, why not try Milk Made, a stout that offers you a taste of chocolate and vanilla.
If you want to learn more about the Hall and Woodhouse Brewery, they run a daily tour where you can taste one of their unique beers.
Contact: 01258 452141
Location: Hall & Woodhouse Ltd, The Brewery, Blandford St. Mary, Dorset, DT11 9LS
Offering their selection of ales in bottles, kegs and casks, the Piddle Brewery is one of the best breweries in Dorset. The owners take pride in their sense of humour but focus and exceed when brewing ales.
Piddle Brewery started in 2007 and has grown ever since. After a change of ownership, the Dorset brewery now offers a range of ales and ciders. The Slasher is a light blonde ale that packs a punch. The fruity aroma combines with the wheat to create a smooth ale perfect for any occasion. Or, you may want to try the Ciddle Dry to experience a traditional cider without the sweetness.
The small brewery has a shop on-site, where you can collect some of your favourite Dorset beers. Or you can keep an eye out for these unique beers in some of the best pubs in Dorset.
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Location: Unit 24, Enterprise Park, Piddlehinton, Dorchester, DT2 7UA
With so many unique ales and ciders on offer, the Dorset breweries are some of the best in the UK. Grab your friends and take a journey through the ales of Dorset.
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