New micro-brewery opens in Dorchester There is a new brewery in Dorchester - Copper Street Brewery - on Copper Street in Brewery Square - opposite Dorchester South station. The Convivial Rabbit expects to have some of the first brew available this coming weekend. The plan is to open as a micro brewery and Ale Shop. Owner Anthony Buckton was granted a licence for off-sales last week. He is hopeful that he will be opening a shop in mid November.  Dated 9/11/18.
Our new edition of Giant Dongle is out Featuring: A Dog's Tale; Pilot Boat re-launch; A crafty trip to Bath; Pub News and many other items… Click the picture to read this issue.  Dated 20/09/18.
Marquis of Lorne wins Pub Garden of the Year. This is the second year we have run this contest which aims to showcase those pubs which put in the extra effort to make their garden an extra feature of the pub.Nettlecombe is a small hamlet just outside the village of Powerstock, and the Marquis is a gem of a pub providing a large garden with lots of different features from polytunnels to play equipment to fairy grottos - go and seek it out!  Dated 30/08/18.

Tickets now on sale for 2018 Octoberfest Click the picture to order your tickets now. Ales from Cumbria featured this year!  Dated 01/08/18.
Wykefest 27th-29th July at the Wyke Smugglers. We have just heard the dates for this years Wykefest. The festival is now in its 5th year at this venue! If you have not been before it is definitely worth a visit!  Dated 12/07/18.
UPDATE: The Admiral Hood charity auction raised £10,000. Very well done to all who helped make this amazing success.   Dated 19/06/18.
The Admiral Hood, Mosterton has an auction next Friday in aid of Meningitis support. Local member Wyn Bailey reports: A couple of months ago the young chef (24yr) Naimoi Haskell at the Admiral Hood contracted Meningitis and sadly passed away. The Hood are holding an auction to raise funds for Southampton Hospital Meningitis Trust on Fri 8th June, starting at 8 pm."  Dated 01/06/18.
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