When it comes to the West Country, we all know that you can get amazing cider and delicious gins but were you aware that you can also get some incredible locally brewed beer full of ingredients grown on site in Dorset.
In fact, one of the UK’s oldest breweries can be found along the Jurassic Coast and continues to make beer to the same original recipe. Another string to their bow is that it’s the only thatched brewery in the UK! Many of the newer breweries that have sprung up offering artisan beers and speciality brews have followed a similar plan, using the rich landscape and the unique patchwork of fields to create some truly tasty drinks while also fully embracing the rustic and historic atmosphere of this particular county.Read More...
If you’re a fan of drinking beer and want to know more about how the brews from Dorset get their unique flavour, make sure to book onto a tour of one of our local breweries. Many breweries offer tours throughout the spring and autumn where you can see the fruits being grown, harvested and of course, fermented and brewed. These tours not only give you the chance to find out more about how your favourite drinks are made, but you’ll also have the opportunity to buy some bottles of your own and of course, sample some of the different varieties on offer.
The local pubs, inns and bars in Dorset are proud of the quality of the local produce and some of the region’s breweries own and run their own pubs in which you can get their beers on tap. Even the independently owned pubs and bars have a selection of locally brewed beers on tap, giving you the chance to see how the taste differs across the region.
The region’s restaurants also have a selection of local brews available on their menus, so you can compliment your meal with a rich, flavourful beer. There are also a variety of vegetarian and vegan friendly beers and some breweries who work hard to produce some gluten friendly options too, so no one has to be left out.
Honestly, you’ll find locally brewed beer all over the county. Bridport might be the home of the UK’s oldest brewery, but it isn’t the only place to get hold of the strong stuff. Lyme Regis is growing in popularity for its artisan breweries that are popping up showcasing the next generation of beers, while Dorchester and Blandford Forum also have several local breweries. Bournemouth also has several breweries, which isn’t surprising considering it is a university town!
Visiting the region at any time during the year will give you the chance to sample some of the region’s best beers with a selection of seasonal and favourite flavours on offer. Don’t want to limit yourself to just beer? That’s fine, Dorset is also home to some incredible distilleries offering a range of spirits including gin, vineyards with seasonal wines and of course, the famous West Country ciders.