Dorset is growing in stature as a great place to enjoy some awesome beers, with some breweries located on the Jurassic Coast and right next to the South West Coast Path - they offer some pretty awesome scenery as well.
Eight Arch Brewing in Dorset recently won a whole raft of awards at the SIBA South West judging which takes place in Newton Abbot every year in April.
There are just under 30 active breweries in Dorset at the moment. Dorset breweries include the following;
- Badger Brewery (Hall & Woodhouse)
- Barefaced Brewing
- Bournemouth Brewery
- Brew Shack Microbrewery
- Brewers Folly Brewery
- Brewhouse & Kitchen (Bournemouth)
- Brewhouse & Kitchen (Dorchester)
- Brewhouse & Kitchen (Poole)
- Brewhouse & Kitchen (Southbourne)
- Cerne Abbas
- Copper Street Brewery
- Drop the Anchor Brewery
- Eight Arch Brewery
- Gyle 59
- Hattie Brown
- Imaginary Friends Brewing
- Isle of Purbeck
- Knight Life Brewing
- Lyme Regis Brewery
- Piddle Brewery
- Sandbanks (prev Bournemouth Brewing)
- Sixpenny (previously Wayland's Sixpenny)
- Small Paul's
- Southbourne Brewery
- Way Outback Brewing
- Wriggle Valley
Dorset Brewery Tours
Many of the breweries in Dorset will kindly offer brewery tours to the public. Most of the time these tours have to be organised and booked in advance.
Gyle 59 and Lyme Regis Brewery both offer brewery tours, with the former also having a separate taproom and bar right in the centre of Lyme Regis. It sells their own beer, of course, as well as a selection of other locally sourced brews.
Brewery tours make for a great day out and really add to the experience and appreciation for the beer that is made.