Dorchester's Beerex opens today

Dorchester's Beerex opens today

Published by George Sharpe at 1:21pm 7th February 2020.

The 32nd Beerex Festival opens today at The Corn Exchange.

The Dorchester Beerex Festival started this morning at the Corn Exchange. It's the 32nd year they have run the festival.

Beerex Organisers

It is jointly organised by the Dorchester Casterbridge Rotary Club and West Dorset CAMRA. Since it's been running, the two groups have raised over £188,000.

All the barrels are sponsored by local companies and organisations. The money raised will go to this years chosen charity, Dorset Mind. 

Beerex Organisers

Louise Regan from Dorset Mind was at the event:

"Beerex have very kindly offered to be our charity partner this year.

"I know it's a personal story for a few people involved, it's a brilliant part of the community and we're really thrilled to be involved."

Beerex are hoping to raise over £2,000 to hit their target this year of £200,000. 

Les Fry is the Chairman of the festival this year:

"The festival is organised by West Dorset CAMRA working jointly in partnership with Dorchester Rotary Club. Last year a CAMRA member organised it, we alternate year on year.

"It's a really great community event, a team of about 10 people pulling it together, we've been meeting on alternate Sunday's since September so we've been planning for a long time. That's why it's such a good event it's very well planned and thoroughly organised."


People from all over the South West attend the event, which is sponsored by Bridport's very own Palmers Brewery.

Rich Gabe is the campaigner for Beerex for the South West and has been involved in the festival since it began in 1988, he said:

"We've got 84 beers in total, with a very good geographical spread. Starting from Scotland, all the way down to Cornwall, we've even got one from the Channel Island of Guernsey which I believe is the first to be served anywhere in Dorchester. 

"Some breweries donate beer, local companies get involved and sponsor a barrel, therefore everything is sponsored. Even all our cider sponsored.

"We've got Palmers Brewery of Bridport who are our main sponsor. It's a really fantastic community event, at local grass roots level and we hope to raise lots of money."

The event has four ticketed sessions with over 60 volunteers running the event. There will be live music at the event with The Leggomen playing on the Saturday night. 

You can find more information on their Facebook page.