Dorchester Beerex 2023 round-up

This year’s Dorchester Beerex, I think it fair to say exceeded all expectations with the largest profit generated ever since its conception in 1988. The organisers West Dorset Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) & Dorchester Casterbridge Rotary Club are delighted to announce a net profit of just over £23K which is far above the original estimated total. Amongst others the good causes to benefit this year will be the Robert White Cancer Care Centre at Dorset County Hospital as the festivals primary charity and the Dorchester Youth and Community Centre in Kings Rd; Dorchester with funds from the sessions raffle totalling £3,373.50 which is also the most ever generated.

Dorchester Beerex Chairman Chris Davies modestly said on hearing the total and reflecting on the work put in by the Beerex committee members “What a fantastic event you created and managed this last weekend. All the team worked exceptionally hard to deliver the event. I am very proud of you all and privileged to have been the Chairman of such an excellent team, although I cannot claim any of the credit. It is difficult to single out any one of the team; everyone just got on and did their jobs very well. Well done and thank you all. I would also like to thank all the volunteers that helped us on the days”.

The main sponsor was Cerne Abbas brewery near Dorchester and representatives from the brewery were around at all sessions for a friendly chat with co-owner and director Vic Irvine getting behind the bar to work at Saturday lunch for a while. Cerne Abbas brewery stole the show on the public voting for “Beer of the Festival” taking gold, silver and bronze for Mrs Vale’s Ale, Danny’s Brew and Gurt Vanilla Stout. This was very well deserved and another Beerex first as no brewery has ever taken all three top spots, a true reflection of the breweries passion for perfection!
Saturday lunchtime also saw the West Dorset CAMRA “Pub of the Year “ award presentation going to the White Lion; Broadwindsor (see separate article).

West Dorset CAMRA press officer Rich Gabe also entertained a South Korean film crew with a surprise guest presenter “Lee Seung-hoon” AKA Hoony who is in a South Korean “K Pop” boy band member and huge star in Korea. He did get recognised by some customers. A Dorset born “You-tuber” Emily, translated for a feature on Korean television as part of a culture and travel show.

“Rich Gabe said” I thought to be honest when I was initially emailed by the Korean production company it was a wind up , but soon realised it was for real when a film crew turned up. I had no idea the festival would be graced by Hoony and Emily as presenters; they were really nice people and I think for Hoony a total culture shock.

The Saturday evening was rounded off by a superb couple of sets from Britpop cover band “That Britpop band”

Lee Seung hoon & Emily enjoy Cerne Abbas Ale and a pasty. Credit Rich Gabe.
Vic Irvine, Danny England & Jodie Moore of the multi award winning Cerne Abbas brewery. Credit Rich Gabe.

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