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Talking 'bout the Craft Revolution Homer Simpson once called beer, “The cause of all the world’s problems, and also its solution.” Well, he should know.

But, when you’re next on a beach watching

I enjoyed a drink there recently with Kevin,

the sun sink through the BBQ smoke or

Sixpenny Brewery’s PR man and asked if he

batting away the insistent wasps, spare a

thought there was something in the Dorset

thought for Dorset’s craft brewers whose

air other than Saharan sand? Perhaps

excellent ales tease the taste buds and make

the secret’s in the water, but drinkers are

life a bit softer.

becoming more selective and, luckily for Dorset, Scott Wayland, who once built Daleks

The long-established Dorset Brewing

for the BBC, provided yet another source

Company and the Piddle Brewery (est. 2007)

when he moved his Surrey brewery to a farm

are well known whilst the Bankes Arms

on Cranborne Chase.

at Studland brews Fossil Fuel and hosts a fab August beer festival. It’s encouraging,

Sixpenny’s bar has a seagull doorman, an

however, to see just how much more quality

honesty tap and a readiness to experiment. A

craft beer is now being made between

klaxon went off when I mentioned ‘smooth-

Bournemouth and Lyme Regis.

flow’ – I donated to the brewers’ benevolent fund! They’ve also recently been taken on

Jennifer Tingay at Southbourne Ales, Dorset’s

(slightly to my surprise) by a national pub

most recent micro-brewery, has made an

chain and the news is positive. My crate of

impact in six months and there’s talk of one

their rich and satisfying Best (3.8%) keeps

in Wimborne. The Vine at Pamphill has been

getting better and the stronger Jack FM is

serving excellent ales to cyclists for many

very tasty too.

years and the popularity of Wimborne’s new Taphouse, with seven casks offering daily variety, surprised even its owners.

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