Magical Museum and Tasty Tipples

Friday 16 February, 4.00pm - 6:00pm

Victorian Hall


As part of BrewDorch – Dorchester’s Festival of Drinks, this event offers a unique opportunity to indulge in some delightful beverages. Whether you are a beer enthusiast or a gin connoisseur, there will be something to please every palate. You can explore the rich history behind these drinks and learn fascinating facts about their origins.

Prepare to tantalize your taste buds with exceptional offerings from local producers such as Dorset Beer Company, Shroton Fair Gin, and Noddy’s Cider. These esteemed producers have crafted their beverages with passion and expertise, ensuring that each sip is a memorable one.

Immerse yourself in the magical atmosphere of the museum’s Victorian Hall as you sample these tasty tipples. The venue itself adds an extra touch of charm to the event, creating an ambience that perfectly complements the flavoursome drinks on offer.

    • Dorset Brewing Company was founded in 1996, when Giles Smeath restored an 800-year-old brewing tradition to the Dorset port of Weymouth in the heart of the World Heritage Coastline (the Jurassic Coast).


    • Shroton Fair Gin Inspired by a Royal Bengal Tiger once exhibited at the Shroton Fair in 1767, our craft Gin pays homage to the Fair itself, a piece of Dorset heritage for over 700 years which has since passed out of collective memory.


  • Noddy’s Cider started life around 9 years ago in Weymouth. They would use apples from their local trees and turn them into cider. Very soon they ran out of garden space and had to move to the beautiful hamlet of Nether Cerne, where they had a lot more space to press apples and make cider. All their cider is hand-made from real cider apples (never apple juice concentrate) from an orchard just 7 miles away from Nether Cerne.
  • Opening hours:

    Dorset Museum & Art Gallery
    Daily: 10.00am - 5.00pm

    TASTE Café
    Daily: 9.00am - 4.00pm
    Sunday: 10:00am - 4:00pm

  • Dorset Museum

    High West Street
    Dorchester DT1 1XA

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BREWDORCH | Dorchester Festival of Drinks

Thursday 15th – Sunday 18th February 2024

Venues across the town are celebrating Dorchester’s prestigious brewing and distilling history and organising some refreshing events that will involve a fair amount of alcohol and frivolity, plus some brilliant non-alcoholic options too! Dorchester has strong links with brewing dating back to the 18th century. In 1760, traveller Emmanuel Bowen noted that Dorchester was famous for “brewing the best and finest beer in England, whereof great quantities have been of late years exported and consigned to London”.

As part of the festival, there will be guided historical walks, comedy, art, quiz, music, tasting events special edition brews, and more!

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