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Brew Dorch Festival full line up announced

The line up of events for Dorchester’s exciting Brew Dorch Festival is now live and ticket bookings are open!

Brew Dorch, Dorchester’s Festival of Drinks, is taking place between Thursday 16th and Sunday 19th February 2023. Venues across the town are celebrating the town’s prestigious brewing and distilling history and have organised some refreshing events that will involve a fair amount of frivolity!

The festival kicks of the night before, on Wednesday 15 February, with a special beer and brewing themed pub quiz at Dorchester’s Brewhouse and Kitchen.

Thursday 16th is jam packed with different beer tasting, gin tasting and wine tasting events across town that include Fordington Gin, Furleigh Estate wine and the launch of the special edition Brew Dorch Beer, brewed by Brewhouse and Kitchen.

On Friday 17th we have a fascinating and funny brewing heritage tour of Dorchester with Joy Wallis and a special DJ and cocktail tasting evening at The Kings Arms.

Saturday 18th kicks off with another Brewing Heritage tour, this time with local historian Derek Pride followed by a “Make your own pottery beer tankard!” event with PotsNPints! at Tom Browns in the afternoon. Then an evening of Comedy in the Courthouse at Shire Hall Museum where you will have a special welcome drink included in the ticket price.

On Sunday, the last day of the Festival, we have an Open Brewery Day at Brewhouse and Kitchen where you and pop in and see brewing in action.

The final event of the festival is the Dorchester Pub Race! A fun filled fancy dress race across Dorchester raising money for Dorchester Foodbank. Teams of up to 6 will race to various pub and brewery locations across Dorchester. You do not have to drink to take part in this race so don’t let this put you off! The finish line is Tom Browns pub where local band Vanilla Radio will be playing from 7 pm and there are brilliant prizes for both the fastest team and the best fancy dress. £18 per team to enter – Book Team now at: www.DiscoverDorchester.co.uk/BrewDorch and find out more about the Brew Dorch festival and the full line up on this website too.

The event is coordinated by Dorchester Tourism Partnership, led by Dorchester Town Council to celebrate Dorchester’s amazing Brewing Heritage. Dorchester has strong links with brewing dating back to the 18th century. In 1760, traveller Emmanuel Bowen noted that Dorchester was famous for “brewing the best and finest beer in England, whereof great quantities have been of late years exported and consigned to London”.

Follow the Brew Dorch Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/BrewDorch and book tickets at: www.DiscoverDorchester.co.uk/BrewDorch

Click here for a PDF of the timetable

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