Dorset Breweries

More than a dozen real ale breweries have opened in Dorset in the last ten years.

After a long period marked mainly by take-overs (Devenish) and closures (Eldridge Pope) it is good indeed to see a well established trend in the other direction.  

On this page we try to give short introduction to each brewer and a link to their own web sites.

Click on the Name or Logo to visit the brewers own web site. 

APEX BREWERY

APEX BREWERY Est. 2015

Somerset/Dorset border

A nano craft brewery based on the Somerset Dorset border.

BAREFACED BREWING CO. Est. 2017

Blandford

Started in a garden shed in Wimborne before moving to Bournemouth then Blandford. A mix of keg and cask brewed. The only Dorset brewery at the 2022 Great British Beer Festival.

THE BREW SHACK Est. 2015

Wimborne

Originally based in Wimborne, now Sixpenny Handley this one man, 10 barrel brewery produces unfined and unfiltered beers in cask and tins.

APEX BREWERY

BREWERS FOLLY Est. 2017

Stanbridge, Wimborne

Three friends who were avid home brewers purchased a small 1.4 barrel kit from Brew Shack and took the plunge into the more commercial side of things to produce unfined beer.

Brewhouse & Kitchen Dorchester

BREWHOUSE & KITCHEN Est. 2011

Dorchester

One of the 23 currently opened brew pubs started by Simon Bunn and Kris Gumbrell. The pubs all brew individual beers on similar recipes, both keg and cask and reflect the modern beer/gastro movement.

Cerne Abbas Brewery

CERNE ABBAS BREWERY Est. 2014

Cerne Abbas

Vic Irving started the brewery alongside friend Jodie Moore to produce crystal clear consistently good beer with an ever expanding portfolio. The brewery often host community events (see their Facebook page) and is a major contributor to the local village social scene.

COPPER STREET BREWERY Est. 2018

Dorchester

Anthony and Anne Buckton set up the 2.5 barrel brewery on former Eldridge Pope/Railway land in part of the modern Brewery Sq. Formerly located in Hampshire as Alfred Ales which you may once have sampled at Octoberfest. The brewery has a bottled beer shop plus taproom.

Dorset Brewing Company

DORSET BREWING COMPANY Est. 1996

Crossways

Formerly based in the old Devenish brewery, Hope Sq, Weymouth. In 2010 relocated to its present site. The core beer range is very traditional with modern day specials and is currently up for sale. The brewery has a tap room.

DROP THE ANCHOR BREWERY Est. 2017

Hinton, Christchurch

A brewery situated right on the Dorset/Hampshire borderline Formerly located in Christchurch. The brewery produces an ever-expanding range of unfiltered & unfined beers including the current Dorchester Beerex beer of the festival Breaking Glass Hazelnut Porter.

Eight Arch Brewing Co

EIGHT ARCH BREWING CO. Est. 2015

Wimborne

The brewery produces an excellent mix of fined and unfined cask, keg and tined beers with a consistent branding image. Often winning awards with a tap room open on Friday afternoons

Gyle 59

GYLE 59 Est. 2014

Sadborow Estate, Thorncombe

A 10 barrel brewery that has brewed for Lyme Regis brewery. The first brewery in Dorset to produce unfined, filtered beers; many of which can be found in bottles alongside cask.

Hall & Woodhouse

HALL & WOODHOUSE Est. 1777

Blandford

The oldest family owned Dorset brewery with the most modern plant. Originally started in the village of Antsy by the Fox inn. The brewery brews traditional cask ales plus a bottled range which supermarkets stock through-out the U.K

HATTIE BROWN’S BREWERY Est.2014

Swanage

Originally at Wessex brewery Wiltshire but moved in 2015 now on White Cliff Farm outside of Swanage. The brewery brews consistent no nonsense beers with a female Brewster Jean, and has an expanding free-trade market alongside bottling.

Isle of Purbeck Brewery

ISLE OF PURBECK Est. 2003

Studland

A 10 barrel family brewery within the grounds of the Bankes Arms pub. The brewery produces a consistently good core range of beers using all traditional methods and mostly British ingredients.

Lyme Regis Brewery

LYME REGIS BREWERY Est. 2010

Lyme Regis

Originally the Town Mill brewery with just a cask range, recently the brewery has had new owners with an expanding range of cask and keg beers. The brewery has its own tap house within the Town Mill complex.

Palmers

PALMERS Est. 1794

Bridport

Traditional family owned brewery with a tied estate of 54 pubs and award winning cask beers. The brewery provides an excellent tour and is steeped in family history, see the book “Palmers; the story of a Dorset brewer “or visit their wine and spirits store.

Piddle Brewery

PIDDLE BREWERY Est. 2007

Piddlehinton

The new owners since 2014 have strived to bring an imaginative consistent range of cask, keg and bottled beers to the market. A good free trade network within Dorset, Hampshire and beyond.

Remedy Oak Brewing Company

REMEDY OAK BREWERY Est. 2020

Woodlands

With links going back to 2018 on a tiny kit the brewery is now within the grounds of the Remedy Oak Golf Club brewing traditional ales. The brewery takes its name from the Remedy Oak tree in nearby Wimborne St Giles.

Sandbanks Brewery

SANDBANKS BREWERY Est. 2018

Poole

The brewery is on Nuffield industrial estate on the premises of the former Bournemouth brewery. An ever expanding range of one-off beers alongside a core range with good free trade distribution. The brewery has a tap room.

Sixpenny Brewery

SIXPENNY BREWERY Est. 2007

Cranborne

A traditional core range of beers situated in farm buildings with a tap room. Started by Scott and Lorraine Wayland originally s in North Surrey as Wayland’s, before re-locating to Dorset and its present location in 2016. The only brewery I know of with original Doctor Who props.

Small Pauls Brewery

SMALL PAULS Est.2006

Gillingham

Small by name and nature. A half barrel kit in the owner Paul Smith’s garage, a keen CAMRA member. Beer can be designed for festivals and events.

Southbourne Ales

SOUTHBOURNE BREWERY Est. 2018

Southbourne, Bournemouth

Owner and Brewster Jennifer Tingay originally worked for Ringwood before starting her own range in 2013 at the Town Mill brewery, Lyme Regis. Now based its present location with an 80 barrel plant and taproom, Jennifer brews traditional and modern keg beers.

THE WAY OUTBACK BREWING CO. Est. 2017

Southbourne, Bournemouth

Originally brewed in a garden shed the brewery now brews traditional keg beers and is seldom seen in cask. The brewery has its own tap room and is available for functions and events.

WINDWARD BREWERY Est.2019

Salwayash, Bridport

A tributary of the Dorset Nectar cider producers who started in 2008.Initially the brew plant was small but now is a 10 barrel plant producing cask and bottled ales. A brewery to lookout for in the future.

Wriggle Valley Brewery

WRIGGLE VALLEY BREWERY Est. 2014.

Ryme Intrinseca

Originally based in Ryme Intrinseca near Yetminster, the brewery relocated in 2017 and changed hands in 2020. The brewery has a tap room and the beers are unfined.