Our Beers 2016

On this page you will find all of the beers that were available at the 2016 Dorset Beer Fest ... click here for 2019!

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Summerlands by Vibrant Forest

ABV 3.5% India Pale Ale

Here’s an IPA that is just right for quenching your thirst during those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer.

Fabulously hopped to balance the golden maltiness, this ale is the perfect accessory along with the sun loungers, sunshades and beach bags.

Copper Ale

Copper Ale by Palmers

ABV 3.7% Speciality

Beautifully balanced, copper-coloured session ale, good citrus fruit with a hoppy aroma. Full-flavoured and brewed with Maris Otter malt and whole leaf First Gold aroma hops. Named after our brewery copper, still in use in the Old Brewery.

Nine Lives

Nine Lives by Hall & Woodhouse

ABV 3.8% Bitter

A pale refreshing session beer, with a defined hop character and moreish after taste.

Sandbanks Bitter

Sandbanks Bitter by Bournemouth Brewing Co

ABV 3.9% Bitter



Citra by Hop Back Brewery

ABV 4.0% Golden Ale

Brewed with English Pioneer and American Citra hops, this golden thirst-quenching ale has a lemony, grape-fruity aftertaste with a crisp dry bitterness, making your taste buds yearn for more.

First Call

First Call by Hall & Woodhouse

ABV 4.0% Bitter

A classic country ale from Dorset using a single hop variety for purity and character.

Gold Spice

Gold Spice by Keystone

ABV 4.0%

The Multi Award Winning light-coloured beer with plenty of late Boadicea hops and stem ginger added to the cask for a delicious ZING of fresh ginger.


Pogo by Wild Beer Co

ABV 4.0% Speciality

This beer strays away from our usual trend of adding fruits to our sour beers - a boldly hoppy pale ale brimming with Tropical fruit character from the southern hemisphere hops used in the brew. These flavours and aromas are then augmented by the addition of 3 of Brett’s favourite fruits: Passionfruit, Orange and Guava. refreshingly light bodied and perfect for enjoying in the sunshine that is just around the corner.


Sunbather by Southbourne Ales

ABV 4.0%

This beer has a low level of bitterness, with flavours of toffees and oranges, making it another ideal session beer. Brewed with American Hops, as are many Irish beers, this colourful ale is good on its own or great with English pub food. The bottle label won first prize in The Label of the Year-2015.


Jurassic by Dorset Brewing Company

ABV 4.2% Bitter

Crisp golden ale with hints of apricot, lasting bitterness and a clean citrus aroma.

Firkin Fox

Firkin Fox by Hall & Woodhouse

ABV 4.3%

An auburn coloured ale at a moreish 4.3%, Firkin Fox combines our finest Flagon premium ale malt with the biscuity and aromatic qualities of our speciality malts.

Honey Blonde

Honey Blonde by Downton Brewery

ABV 4.3% Bitter

Golden straw coloured bitter. Spicy and floral hops are balanced by 10% maize and an addition of Mexican honey.


Landlord by Timothy Taylor

ABV 4.3%

Refreshingly reliable, nationally renowned, this full drinking Pale Ale with a complex and hoppy aroma has real "Pulling Power" and stands out in any bar as the ideal regular.

Otter Bright

Otter Bright by Otter Brewery

ABV 4.3% Golden Ale

Brewed with lager malt, Bright is a pale golden beer with a citrus aroma. It’s refreshing fruity taste is followed by a sweet and bitter aftertaste.

Fursty Ferret

Fursty Ferret by Hall & Woodhouse

ABV 4.4%

Fursty Ferret has a sweet nutty palate, hoppy aroma and a hint of Seville oranges, give this tawny amber ale its distinctive personality.

Tiger Tom

Tiger Tom by Cerne Abbas Brewery

ABV 4.4% Porter/Stout/Mild

We have named this black country mild after legendary Cerne Abbas blacksmith Tiger Tom Curtis, described by many as a Gurt square hairy man. A deep ruby mild, delicately hopped with bramling cross to give a subtle blackcurrantness to this light drinking dark mild. Cheers Tom.


Wyvern by Small Paul's Brewery

ABV 4.4% Best Bitter

Wyvern is a 4.4%, well-balanced best bitter with malt and caramel flavours and a short, bittersweet finish.

Bouncing Bounder

Bouncing Bounder by Hall & Woodhouse

ABV 4.5% India Pale Ale

A pale 4.5% beer with generous amounts of British Jester, Admiral and Goldings hops.

Golden Glory

Golden Glory by Hall & Woodhouse

ABV 4.5%

This award-winning classic is a deliciously balanced ale with peach and melon flavours.

Hopping Hare

Hopping Hare by Hall & Woodhouse

ABV 4.5%

This is a refreshing ale with a unique hoppy aroma and well-balanced bitterness that is bound to satisfy!

Golden Grains

Golden Grains by Bournemouth Brewing Co

ABV 4.6%


Daring Diver

Daring Diver by Hall & Woodhouse

ABV 4.8%

Other ducks stick to rivers and ponds, this mischievous mallard bravely ventures to the brewery gates to pinch prized hops blown wayward from the stores. His boldness inspires this amber beer,
brewed with Slovenian Celeia hops.

Leaping Legend

Leaping Legend by Hall & Woodhouse

ABV 4.8%

This golden brew balances the citrus character of American Amarillo hops with the more traditional British Fuggles hops for a refreshing and punchy beer.

Tank Top

Tank Top by Dorset Brewing Company

ABV 4.8% India Pale Ale

A super hopped top heavy, light American Pale ale, so Tank up!

Blandford Flyer

Blandford Flyer by Hall & Woodhouse

ABV 4.9%

With the hot summer sun beating down, the patient fly-fishermen of the Dorset Stour await their catch. These ‘Flyers’ are celebrated in this warming ale with ginger overtones, rumoured to be originally included to remedy the bites of the infamous Blandford Fly. The added ginger makes this beer naturally cloudy


200 by Palmers

ABV 5.0% Premium Bitter

Full bodied, rich and malty, with a distinctive hop character. First brewed in 1994 to celebrate 200 years of brewing at Palmers. So popular that it is now our flagship premium ale.

8 Grain Porter

8 Grain Porter by The Brew Shack

ABV 5.0% Porter/Stout/Mild

Delicious sweet brown porter with complex roasted malt flavours and a smooth bitter finish.
Brewed in small batches using a blend of 8 different grains and English hops.

Freudian Sip

Freudian Sip by Hall & Woodhouse

ABV 5.0% India Pale Ale

Dark and deceptive, this experimental Black IPA promises to send you on a roasted, smoke-filled journey but don’t be fooled. Azacca and Belma hops pack an unexpected punch of pineapple, mango and grapefruit to confuse the senses. Paradox – maybe? Knock-out – absolutely!

Golden Champion

Golden Champion by Hall & Woodhouse

ABV 5.0%

The subtle elderflower aromas of this delicately floral brew are reminiscent of a summer's evening.


Tanglefoot by Hall & Woodhouse

ABV 5.0% Premium Bitter

Tanglefoot is a traditional premium ale with a light golden colour. It has a noticeable floral dry hop aroma, balanced with biscuity and fruity notes. A full bodied ale with medium bitterness and a rounded smooth, hoppy flavour.

6d IPA

6d IPA by Sixpenny Brewery

ABV 5.2%

5.2% Multi award winning traditional IPA. Brewed using four different hop varieties. Full flavoured, powerful hop character with a long rounded malt finish.

40 Shades of Pink

40 Shades of Pink by Hall & Woodhouse

ABV 5.5%

From the Hall & Woodhouse Pilot Plant a kriek-style cherry beer. This limited edition beer has a light malt base with Magnum and Hallertau Select hops. A stunning fruity cerise ale that espouses youthful vitality, with cherry fruit notes and spicy undertones. After the primary fermentation, cherry juice is added to give a secondary fruit fermentation.


Corbel by Eight Arch Brewery

ABV 5.5% India Pale Ale

SIBA award winning IPA. Highly hopped with Mosaic giving huge hit of tropical fruit flavours and aromas.

Chocolate Orange Delight

Chocolate Orange Delight by Downton Brewery

ABV 5.8% Speciality

A speciality old ale with pronounced chocolate flavours and distinctive orange top notes.

Otter Head

Otter Head by Otter Brewery

ABV 5.8%

A smooth tasting, mid-brown beer with a strong malty nose. Plenty of fruit and bitterness in the finish.

Napoleonic Pale Ale

Napoleonic Pale Ale by Hall & Woodhouse

ABV 6.0%

A warming 6.0% beer fit to feed an army. A strong ale worthy of Hall & Woodhouse’s 1777 origins, when the companied supplied beer to the troops during the Napoleonic wars.

Poacher's Choice

Poacher's Choice by Hall & Woodhouse

ABV 6.0%

This rich, smooth brew has a softly spiced sweetness with dark liquorice notes and a fruity damson aroma.

Winter's Tale 1058 Strong Ale

Winter's Tale 1058 Strong Ale by Hall & Woodhouse

ABV 6.0%

From the Hall & Woodhouse Pilot Plant a full bodied winter style beer bringing together our premium ale, chocolate and crystal malts. The hop charge is provided by the English varieties of Boadicea & Sovereign making this a very drinkable strong ale.

Basilisk's Bite

Basilisk's Bite by Hall & Woodhouse

ABV 6.5% Golden Ale

An artisanal golden brew, infused with basil and fermented with Belgian yeast. Herbal and spicy undertones make for a deceptively easy drinking and refreshing Saison style ale but at 6% beware of the Basilisk’s bite!!


Kaleidoscope by Vibrant Forest

ABV 6.5% India Pale Ale

Intense greens of fresh hops bursting with fruitiness filled his senses.

Rich yellows and golds of malted barley adding subtle sweet tones to the vibrant coloured show.

The setting sun started to turn red and, as its light subsided, he was filled with a mellow bitterness and the blues of wanting more.

Sturminster Beast

Sturminster Beast by Hall & Woodhouse

ABV 8.7% Porter/Stout/Mild

This powerful imperial stout boasts rich, dark malt notes, bursting with chocolate and coffee flavours. With a strong blend of British varieties including Admiral and Jester hops, this is a beer to sip and savour