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Record year for Beerex despite snowy weather

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Published at 9:31am 17th February 2019.

Around 1,400 people persevered through snow in a record year for Dorchester's annual beer festival.

  • The event raised £15,000 for local charity Fortuneswell Cancer Trust.
  • An additional £2,000 will go to the Dorchester Youth and Community Centre.
  • This year 80 beers and 21 ciders were on offer.

The event raised an estimated £15k for local charity Fortuneswell Cancer Trust.

Beerex Committee Chairperson, Dave Harris, said: "I am absolutely thrilled with the amount of money we have raised.

"It is a new record for the festival and will help some very worthwhile local causes.

"A big thank you has to go out to all of our sponsors who are so generous and the people who came along to enjoy themselves as it is them collectively that make Beerex such a success."

A further £2000 made through a raffle at the event, will be donated to the Dorchester Youth & Community Centre.

Attendees sampled a selection of 80 beers and 21 ciders on offer inside of Dorchester's Corn Exchange.

The festival maintained its buzzy party atmosphere over the weekend, with music from local band Shooter and Dorchester's new Copper Street Brewery, bagging the 'beer of the festival' award with their Dark Ages Porter.

It's organised by Dorchester Beerex West Dorset's Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) and Casterbridge Rotary and supported by local businesses and breweries, as well as - of course - by the beer drinkers themselves!

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