Special Event

Meet The Brewers Evening

10 November 7:00pm-9:00pm

Join us Thursday 10 November between 7:00pm-9:00pm to meet two of the oldest brewers in Dorset.

Enjoy a beer tasting whilst learning about the history of both Palmers and Eldrige Pope breweries, the relationship between the two families and have the opportunity to discover the brewing process.

Non DNHAS Member Ticket: £15.00
DNHAS Member Ticket: £12.00

Palmers Brewery: Palmers has been brewing authentic cask conditioned real ales in the West Dorset market town of Bridport since 1794. We have never felt the need to describe our ales as “craft” because they have never been anything else. Each year thousands of visitors join us to look round the historic brewhouse, following the traditional process from the raw ingredients to a few halves of the final product. It is a process that in many ways has changed very little in the last two centuries. Where it has been updated it has always been in the pursuit of quality. We live in a day and age where it is fashionable to claim to be passionate. If Palmers has a passion it is for quality, ensuring that every pint reaches our customers in perfect condition. Investing in our storage, transport, cellars and most importantly in training the people who handle our ales from the brewery to our licensees and their teams. Cask Marque, the leading organisation that monitors beer quality in UK pubs, recently described us as “obsessive”, a compliment we are happy to take.

Eldridge Pope Brewery: For over 100 years, the imposing Eldridge Pope Brewery was one of the most important buildings in Dorchester, at the centre of the town’s economy and the main source of wealth for its most prominent family, the Popes. Jeremy Pope joined the Company in 1969 and worked there until his retirement as Chief Executive in 1999. He will be giving a brief history of the Brewery from its founding by Sarah & Charles Eldridge in 1833 through to the beginning of this Century, when the Company was broken up and its various parts sold.

Christmas & New Year Opening Times 

Sat 24 December | CLOSED
Sun 25 December | CLOSED
Mon 26 December | CLOSED
Tues 27 Dec | OPEN, Bank Holiday hours
Wed 28 Dec | OPEN, normal hours
Thurs 29 Dec | OPEN, normal hours
Fri 30 Dec | OPEN, normal hours
Sat 31 Dec | OPEN – 9am to 3pm (early closing)
Sun 1 Jan 2023 | CLOSED
Mon 2 Jan | OPEN, Bank Holiday hours
Tues 3 Jan | OPEN, normal hours

  • Opening hours:

    Daily: 9.00am - 4.30pm
    Sunday: 10.00am - 4.00pm
    Bank Holidays: 10.00am - 4.00pm

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